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  • 9 December 2014
    Environment, R&D

    Forewind is one of five international offshore wind energy developers to jointly initiate an ambitious research programme into how the harbour porpoise population in the North Sea is likely to be affected by the construction of offshore wind farms. The programme, called Disturbance Effects on the Harbour Porpoise Population in the North Sea (DEPONS) will […]

  • 10 October 2016

    World Wildlife Fund UK (WWF-UK) has released “A Positive Future for Porpoises and Renewables” report, written by SMRU Consulting, which deals with the effect of the underwater noise produced during offshore wind farm construction on harbour porpoises. Noise reduction measures can help reduce the risk of a harbour porpoises population decline due to the cumulative impacts of wind farm […]

  • 26 November 2014
    Environment, R&D

    A consortium of five international energy companies has taken the initiative to launch the DEPONS (Disturbance Effects on the Harbour Porpoise Population in the North Sea) research project, which aims to study how the population of harbour porpoises in the North Sea is affected when new offshore wind farms are built. Spearheading the consortium is […]

  • 23 June 2011

    It is often assumed that offshore wind farms have a negative impact on marine animal populations but researchers from Denmark and the Netherlands have found that, in some cases, wind farms can act as a haven for certain species. The researchers, from Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands and Aarhus University in Denmark, monitored […]

  • 3 December 2013
    Authorities, Environment

    From now on, new guidelines apply on the development of offshore wind power in German part of the North Sea, which regulate the protection of the North Sea harbor porpoises. As a result, the pile driving must be organized in a period when porpoises are in retreat, thus sufficiently far away from the place where […]

  • 15 May 2017
    Environment, R&D

    Scheduling wind farm construction activities in the Maryland Wind Energy Area (WEA) to take place during summer months, from June to September, could reduce the likelihood of disturbance to harbour porpoises, according to a new study.

  • 30 May 2012

    According to BBC, RWE npower renewables has redesigned their plans for the GBP 3 billion Atlantic Array offshore wind farm. The developer stated they have reduced the proposed number of wind turbines in Bristol Channel from 417 to 278. In order to maintain the total capacity of 1.5 GW, the wind turbines will need to […]

  • 16 October 2014
    Environment, R&D

    German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) has revealed that the noise created during the construction of offshore wind farms is pretty much in line with BSH’s limit, which has been set to protect harbor porpoises.  “We have seen some noticeable progress in the reduction of noise levels during construction of offshore wind farms,” stressed the President of BSH, Monika Breuch-Moritz. She added […]

  • 25 February 2015
    Environment, R&D

    Disturbance Effects on the Harbour Porpoise Population in the North Sea (DEPONS) project has yielded some preliminary findings on the effect of offshore wind farm construction on harbour porpoises. “Although the results should be considered preliminary, the patterns generated by the current version of the DEPONS model did not suggest any clear, long-lasting effects of pile-driving […]

  • 11 October 2016
    R&D, Technology, Training & Education

    Pile driving during construction of offshore wind farms in the German North Sea has little to no effect on local harbour porpoise population, according to a study commissioned by the Offshore-Forum Windenergie (OFW) in partnership with the offshore wind industry leaders.  “The study shows that offshore wind farms have no negative consequences for the harbor porpoise population,” […]

  • 16 August 2012
    Business & Finance, Environment

    Porpoises and unexploded mines left from the Second World War are increasing the costs of offshore wind projects in Germany, while also putting more delays to the country’s energy transition. Namely, after environmental groups complained that driving foundations into the seabed damages the hearing of porpoises, E.ON and RWE started using equipment that reduces that […]

  • 22 February 2013

    New Danish surveys confirm that it’s possible to construct offshore wind farms in an environmentally sustainable manner that does not lead to significant damage to nature if proper planning is applied. From 2007 to 2012 the follow up of the environmental monitoring programme for Danish large-scale offshore wind farms has been conducted. The programme is […]

  • 17 July 2014
    Environment, Wind Farm Update

    The Bremen-situated planner and operator wpd takes positive stock for the construction of the offshore windfarm Butendiek. “We are about to complete pile driving, we are well within our time schedule and we have fallen short of the predefined sound levels”, said Achim Berge Olsen, managing director of Butendiek and wpd offshore. Of the 80 foundation […]

  • 13 December 2013
    Wind Farm Update

    After nine months of construction, the last one of the 80 foundations for the DanTysk offshore wind farm has been installed. Cylindrical steel foundations (monopoles), which are 65 metres long and weigh 950 tonnes, were anchored in the seabed using a special hammer. Work was done in water depths of up to 32 metres, 70 […]

  • 8 November 2011

    A team of scientists are sailing from Suffolk to the North Sea to find out more about harbour porpoises… (bbc) [mappress] Source: bbc, November 08, 2011;

  • 3 June 2010

    They might produce renewable energy, but offshore wind farms are a scourge for porpoises. Researchers have found that construction noise at… [mappress] Source: spiegel, June 03, 2010;

  • 3 October 2016
    Authorities, Environment

    The European Commission (EC) is taking the United Kingdom to the Court of Justice of the EU for ”its failure to propose sites for the protection of the harbour porpoise.” ”The continued failure to propose and designate sufficient sites leaves the areas where the species occurs in greatest densities without the protection required. This refers in […]

  • 13 February 2012

    In spite of severe weather conditions in November and December last year, Trianel Borkum wind farm, located 60 kilometers off the East Frisian coast, continues on schedule and within budget. Five months after the start of construction, the jack-up barge Goliath has installed a total of 26 of the 40 foundations into the seabed. Underwater […]

  • 20 April 2015

    Since research into the impact of offshore wind farms on the marine life started more than 15 years ago at Denmark’s Horns Rev 1, there have been several multi-year research and monitoring programmes in Denmark, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. A large part of it funded by the wind farm developers themselves, and governments also […]

  • 9 October 2016
    Authorities, Business & Finance, Environment, Grid Connection, Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology, Training & Education, Vessels, Wind Farm Update

    26 Bidders Apply for Borssele III & IV The Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( has received 26 applications for Borssele III and IV offshore wind sites, the governmental body reported after the tender closed on 29 September. Video: Rotterdam Ready for Offshore Wind with Sif Group Dutch manufacturer of offshore wind foundations, Sif Group, is working full […]

  • 21 August 2013
    Authorities, Environment

    The European Commission has confirmed that it is taking infringement action against the UK authorities, because they failed to protect native harbour porpoises in connection with the development of the Atlantic Array offshore wind farm, Wales Online reports. Specifically, allowing the construction of wind turbines in Outer Bristol Channel would violate the rules of European […]

  • 30 March 2016
    Authorities, Wind Farm Update

    On 16 March, the UK Planning Inspectorate (PINS) submitted a recommendation report on Hornsea Project Two to Energy Secretary Amber Rudd, who requested comments from Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) yesterday. After receiving findings and conclusions on the application from the PINS, the Energy Secretary has three months to make a decision on the application. Since […]

  • 24 February 2014
    Authorities, Business & Finance, Environment, R&D

    According to a legal opinion issued by NABU (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union), there were significant violations in the approval of several offshore wind farms in the German North Sea. Requirements of European environmental laws and critical opinion of the nature conservation authorities were ignored and existing knowledge gaps have been constantly interpreted in favor […]

  • 17 May 2012

    A WIRRAL based environmental consultancy is to manage marine-life protection measures at one of the biggest wind farms currently in construction in Europe, after securing a £multi-million contract with Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm Limited. CMACS Ltd will deliver a robust monitoring programme throughout the wind farm’s construction, ensuring the safety of marine mammals, […]

  • 19 August 2013
    Environment, R&D, Technology

    Freudenberg Sealing Technologies Merkel (Freudenberg) had a goal: less noise pollution for harbor porpoises affected in the installation of offshore wind turbine systems. Through the development of a special sealing system, Freudenberg was able to reduce the underwater noise generated during foundation work for offshore facilities by 10 decibels. When doing foundation work for offshore […]

  • 10 February 2017
    R&D, Wind Farm Update

    From 15 February to 15 March, Aberdeen University will deploy seabed-mounted scientific equipment at the Beatrice offshore wind farm site, as well as outside its borders in the Moray Firth, to monitor marine mammals.