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  • 10 September 2014
    Business & Finance, Technology

    Final touches have been made to the Damen Walk 2 Work vessel, a completely new and innovative design for the offshore support vessel market. Damen also decided to start building the vessel on speculation, this is marked with the start of the basic and consequently detailed engineering of the vessel. The vessel will support and […]

  • 20 May 2014
    R&D, Technology

    A pioneering offshore wind measurement campaign by SgurrEnergy, part of Wood Group, has completed the first ever power performance assessment (PPA) using a scanning lidar deployed on the transition piece (TP) of an AREVA M5000 offshore wind turbine. This success has huge implications for the offshore wind industry as this study shows that PPAs can successfully […]

  • 2 May 2014
    R&D, Technology

    Less than six months after Dong Energy ordered a second FLiDAR wind measuring device, the buoy has been installed on site and is fully operational. Dong Energy also signed a long term operation and maintenance agreement. The deployment, which involved specialized FLiDAR personnel took just 1 day to complete, and thanks to detailed onshore commissioning […]

  • 22 February 2010
    Technology

    While offshore wind farms are an important source of the world’s future renewable energy supply, the sea is a hostile environment for wind turbines, wearing down their parts with saltwater and high shaft speeds. The cost and effort to replace these components is high. That’s why a German parts manufacturer is now using Hydrin® epichlorohydrin […]

  • 14 September 2016
    R&D

    The cost of producing electricity via wind power is expected to fall 24-30 percent by 2030 and 35-41 percent by 2050, according to a new survey which covered three wind power applications: onshore wind, fixed-bottom offshore wind, and floating offshore wind. Cost reductions are anticipated as a function of continued advancements in wind energy technology. The findings […]

  • 26 February 2018
    R&D, Technology

    Service robots, drones, automated motherships and 40-rotor turbines could become the norm for offshore wind farms by 2050, Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult predicts.

  • 24 May 2013
    Operations & Maintenance

    Recently, CWind has placed an order for a second CWhisper SWATH, an innovative 19.5m composite workboat designed and built by CTruk. The design objectives of CWhisper were to dramatically improve the comfort of technicians transiting out to offshore wind farms.  Motions are approximately a quarter of those of conventional catamarans, significantly increasing the current wave […]

  • 27 April 2015
    Vessels

    Europe’s largest commercial marine and workboat exhibition, Seawork International, will opens its doors in less than two months’ time on 16 June. The event will be home to 550 exhibitors, 70 vessels, promoting a wide range of products and services covering all aspects of the maritime sector, to over 7,500 attendees. Damen will be taking the […]

  • 22 December 2016

    International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) added a supplement on floating wind to its Innovation Outlook: Offshore Wind report. In the document, IRENA details on the technology itself, current status, developers of floating wind technology, barriers and ways to overcome them to tap into the future market. In the document, IRENA points out that participation from policy makers, investors, […]

  • 10 November 2017
    R&D, Technology

    German engineering consultancy Gicon has tested a 1:50 model of the Gicon SOF tension leg platform (TLP), and a wind turbine, at the Laboratory in Hydrodynamics, Energy and Atmospheric Environment of Central Nantes and CNRS (ECN).

  • 26 November 2019
    Business & Finance, R&D

    The EU Commission’s goals for offshore wind of between 230 and 450 GW by 2050 are achievable provided the right investments in electricity grids and governments take the right approach to maritime spatial planning, according to a new WindEurope report. According to the report, ‘Our energy, our future’, building 450GW offshore wind by 2050 requires […]

  • 15 January 2015
    Business & Finance

    Oceana has released a new report that finds offshore wind would produce twice the number of jobs and twice the amount of energy as offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. The report, titled Offshore Energy by the Numbers, An Economic Analysis of Offshore Drilling and Wind Energy in the Atlantic, challenges recent claims by the […]

  • 22 July 2015
    Grid Connection, Vessels

    VBMS has completed the repair of an inter-array cable at Trianel Windpark Borkum phase 2. The scope of work included the removal of the defective cable, and installation, burial, terminations and testing of a replacement cable which was completed in less than 48 hours, from arrival to departure. The works were executed in the German […]

  • 15 July 2014
    R&D

    Bouke Wiersma, the University of Exeter PhD student undertaking research into public opinions in Guernsey on marine renewable energy, has completed the first part of his research. The PhD researches the meanings and values associated with Guernsey’s coastal and sea areas and with specific forms of offshore renewables (wind, tidal and wave) in order to […]

  • 16 December 2014
    Authorities, Business & Finance, Grid Connection

    Ofgem today approved £1.1 billion funding for a new subsea link in the north of Scotland, called the Caithness Moray project. The regulator’s decision is £105 million less than the funding request from Scottish Hydro Electricity Transmission (SHE Transmission) to ensure consumers pay no more than necessary. The new link will connect 1.2GW of new […]

  • 25 October 2012

    Thursday 18 October, the BaltShip started the transport of the world’s longest wind turbine blade from SSP Technology in Kirkeby, Denmark. With a length of 83.5 meters and a rotor diameter of 171.2 meters, the blade is by far the largest produced to date. Passing the blade by car at the speed of 50 km/h […]

  • 24 October 2014
    Business & Finance, Environment, R&D, Technology

    In an effort to stabilize and reduce energy prices, False Pass is looking into harnessing tidal power, writes Alaska Public Media. A study that kicked off in 2012 found “only the best tidal current we’ve ever measured,” said the lead scientist Bruce Wright. According to Wright, this would enable the production of enough electricity for […]

  • 2 September 2015
    Grid Connection

    TenneT, the Dutch electricity transmission system operator, has mapped the export cable route for the Borssele offshore wind farm zone. The cable will come ashore at Borssele, less than a kilometre from TenneT’s existing 380 kV substation. “This is the outcome of an intensive process, in which all interests are identified and weighted. The Ministries […]

  • 3 May 2019
    Business & Finance, Technology

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected four projects totaling up to USD 8 million to develop next-generation drivetrain technologies to facilitate the growth of tall offshore and onshore wind turbines. The projects are expected to develop more efficient, smaller, and lighter-weight generators that will lower costs and make wind power more affordable. Each of the chosen […]

  • 19 June 2015

    Moventas has launched a new and improved Gearbox Pooling Program. In the program, customers receive a refurbished or brand new replacement gearbox in exchange for their damaged gearbox, which is returned to the pool for refurbishment. Customers only pay the cost of the repair, and downtime and crane usage are minimized, the company highlighted. As […]

  • 30 March 2012

    Vallourec, world leader in premium tubular solutions, presents its patented PREON® marine tubes system designed to anchor offshore wind turbines to the seabed. Developed by Vallourec’s R&D teams, this solution will mean that offshore wind turbine foundations can be installed with less effort, noise and at a lower depth, compared to the two existing solutions. […]

  • 11 August 2014
    Business & Finance, Operations & Maintenance, Technology

    Trawlercat Marine Designs (TMD), a specialised power catamaran design company, officially entered the 2010 UK Carbon Trust OWA competition with a very innovative 20m “North Sea-Cat” vessel design. However, the company has revised its 2010 competition entry design with two new models.  The Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) competition was initiated by the UK Carbon Trust to encourage and […]

  • 2 September 2015

    A recent news item on the Dutch BNR Nieuwsradio covering the results of German-American research by the Max-Planck Institute on the efficiency of wind generation published in the scientific publication PNAS has caused surprise and concern among the Dutch wind energy industry. With a new political debate on wind energy in the Netherlands planned for […]

  • 24 March 2016

    Fishermen’s Energy has asked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to sign the bill S988, and thus open the way for job creation in the offshore wind industry.  Ten days ago, the bill, which requires New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) to provide new application periods for qualified wind energy projects, passed the state’s Senate. However, the biggest […]

  • 11 May 2012

    Transfer /windfarm service vessel Mobimar 18 Wind, after it was launched on February 27th, has passed all the conventional sea trials and in addition extra tests from towing 20m by 50m barge to hanging from a crane test. Mobimar 18 Wind was designed and built by Mobimar Ltd. in Turku, Finland and classed by Bureau Veritas, […]

  • 1 February 2013
    Technology

    A Finnish industry delegation, lead by PMI Jyrki Katainen has signed a Memorandum of Understanding of cooperation in the energy sector between Chile and Finland. This agreement includes an initial statement to set up a WaveRoller power plant in Chile as a showcase for wave energy. Chile is one of the most rapidly growing economies […]