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19 June 2019 Grid Connection

The power cable of the NordLink high voltage direct current (HVDC) subsea interconnector has been pulled in on the German coast, according to NKT. NKT is in charge of designing, manufacturing and installing more than 400km of the 525kV mass impregnated cable system in the German part of the project connecting Norway and Germany. "The impressive […]

19 June 2019 Contracts & Tenders

Danish energy trading company Danske Commodities has signed a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the world’s first floating wind farm, Hywind Scotland. As the sole offtaker, Danske Commodities will take over balancing and trading of Hywind Scotland’s total volume of 30MW. Hywind Scotland is owned by Equinor (75%) and Masdar (25%). The wind farm, […]

29 May 2019 Business & Finance

The average cost of electricity produced by offshore wind could decrease by 15%, to USD 0.108/kWh, by 2022, or 4% per year, according to a new report by International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2018 report states that offshore wind projects in 2022 would mainly span the range USD 0.06 to USD 0.14/kWh, […]

29 May 2019 Grid Connection

The Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission has approved Ørsted and Eversource’s long-term power contract with National Grid for the 400MW Revolution Wind offshore wind project. According to Ørsted, the 400MW offshore wind farm will power more than 270,000 homes in Rhode Island, which is circa 25% of the state's total electricity use. National Grid filed for […]

22 May 2019 R&D

The UK Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) has launched a new task force dedicated to finding innovative solutions to make the best use of electricity generated by renewable sources, including offshore wind. The Solving the Integration Challenge research project is a key part of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal announced in March, RenewableUK said. A group of experts and […]

17 May 2019 Contracts & Tenders, Wind Farm Update

Manor Renewable Energy (MRE) has contracted with Siemens Gamesa to provide the full temporary power package of generators, personnel and vessels during the turbine installation phase of the East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm. The 714MW East Anglia ONE will comprise 102 Siemens SWT-7.0-154 wind turbines installed on jacket foundations at the site some 43 kilometres offshore […]

15 May 2019 Wind Farm Update

The last of 84 offshore wind turbines was commissioned at the 588MW Beatrice, Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm, on Wednesday, 15 May. This marks the end of offshore construction on the project in the Outer Moray Firth which has been completed on time and under budget after three years of construction, SSE said. The final […]

8 May 2019 Business & Finance

Siemens will add its 59% stake in Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to the Gas and Power division spinoff which will be managed separately. The new Gas and Power division ''is to be given complete independence and entrepreneurial freedom through a carveout and a subsequent public listing'', Siemens said. Plans call for the stock exchange listing to […]

22 April 2019 Wind Farm Update

Baltic Power, part of Orlen Group, has deployed a floating LiDAR at its offshore wind farm license area in the Polish Baltic Sea. The LiDAR will study environmental impacts and wind conditions which are expected to help assess the potential for the development of Baltic Power's project with a capacity of up to 1,200MW. The device is […]

15 April 2019 Business & Finance

Renewable energy consultancy and service provider Natural Power has acted as technical advisor to a consortium of Japanese investors for the agreement to acquire a 27% stake in the 640MW Yunlin offshore wind project in Taiwan. As reported earlier, Starwind Offshore GmbH, a German holding company established jointly between the Japanese companies Sojitz; JXTG Nippon Oil […]

12 April 2019 Business & Finance

Hitachi Zosen Corporation and the Tokyo-based Eco Power Co. Ltd. have established a joint venture company to develop an offshore wind project off the Aomori Prefecture in Japan. The Nishikita offshore wind farm will comprise up to 125 wind turbines and have a capacity of 500MW. The turbines will have an individual capacity of between 4MW […]

11 April 2019 Business & Finance

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has named the University of Sheffield as the academic partner for its new research hub dedicated to offshore wind turbine powertrains. The GBP 2.5 million Powertrain Research Hub (PTRH) will focus on the development of next-generation turbines and future technologies and research solutions for improving turbine reliability and availability, ORE Catapult said. […]

10 April 2019 Vessels

The Dutch Eqin has provided jack-ups Blue Tern and Brave Tern with temporary deck power in Esbjerg during the loadout, transport and installation of turbine components on the Hohe See offshore wind project. The team has installed cables, cable trays, distribution boxes, transformers and power generators in load sharing mode on board Fred. Olsen Windcarrier's vessels, while […]

9 April 2019 Contracts & Tenders

Manor Renewable Energy (MRE) has secured a contract with EnBW to provide a temporary power package for the turbine installation phase of the Hohe See offshore wind project. MRE said it started providing a full temporary power package of generators, personnel and vessels in the German North Sea this month. The UK-based company is working […]

2 April 2019 Industry Contribution

Executive summary The development of offshore wind represents an interesting technology opportunity for the US. On one hand, offshore wind is a European invention, and early technologies will have to be almost exclusively imported from Europe. On the other, though, the rapid pace of technology development in offshore wind offers significant potential for the US […]

22 March 2019 Contracts & Tenders

Siemens Gamesa has contracted TÜV NORD to provide certification for the SG 10.0-193 DD turbine, the company’s first 10+ MW unit. TÜV NORD will carry out turbine design checks and prototype and type testing campaigns which will include load validation measurements, safety and functional tests, as well as performance measurements. Based on the data obtained, the company will […]

13 March 2019 Contracts & Tenders

The Witwind consortium of Shell, Van Oord and Eneco has submitted a bid in the subsidy-free tender for the construction and operation of the Hollandse Kust (zuid) III and IV wind farm in the Dutch North Sea. The consortium plans to start the operation of the Hollandse Kust (zuid) III and IV sites in 2023. The […]

12 March 2019 R&D, Technology

The increasing penetration of wind and solar power in the years to come will make the hydrogen produced from renewable energy an affordable alternative by 2035, according to DNV GL’s new research paper. According to the report titled ''The economically viable use of green hydrogen'', green hydrogen will become an economic energy carrier to complement electricity and […]

8 March 2019 Business & Finance

ScottishPower is actively pursuing future offshore wind projects in England and Scotland as part of its GBP 6 billion investment plan, to ensure one third of the UK’s electricity can be produced by wind by 2030. The energy company said it plans to engage with The Crown Estate and The Crown Estate Scotland on seabed […]

7 March 2019 Authorities, Grid Connection

The King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima have reviewed the concept and plans for the North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH) as part of the German-Dutch trade delegation meeting. At the meeting, held on 6 March in Bremerhaven, TenneT CEO Manon van Beek presented the vision and current plans for the hub based on an interactive virtual model. […]

28 February 2019 Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

RWE and Parkwind have signed a long term power purchase arrangement (PPA) under which RWE Supply & Trading GmbH will procure the electricity production from the 219MW Northwester 2 offshore wind farm. The German energy company intends to sell the electricity and guarantees-of-origin to its large industrial and municipal customers. The Northwester 2 wind farm will consist […]

28 February 2019 Business & Finance, Wind Farm Update

Ørsted has signed a long-term agreement with Northumbrian Water that will see the water company take almost a third of its renewable energy demand from Race Bank offshore wind farm. The 10-year deal is the first Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) of its kind in the UK and is an expansion of a renewable electricity supply […]

26 February 2019 Grid Connection, Wind Farm Update

The 370MW Norther offshore wind farm has delivered first power to the Belgian grid. The project's first four MHI Vestas 8.4MW turbines were connected to Stevin, Elia's new high-voltage station in Zeebrugge today, 26 February. Half of the generated wind energy will be sold to Engie and the remaining half to Eneco, Norther NV said. Van […]

25 February 2019 Business & Finance

Ørsted has entered into a partnership with Air Products to provide renewable electricity to the company's production sites in the UK. Under the agreement, Ørsted will supply electricity from 11 of its offshore wind farms to all the Air Products' UK production sites which supply merchant customers with industrial gases. In addition, the Danish company will provide Renewable […]

22 February 2019 Business & Finance

Northland Power has reported CAD 1.4 billion in gross profit in 2018, a 17% increase, said to be primarily due to all turbines of the Nordsee One offshore wind farm producing power and higher wholesale market prices at the Gemini project. The two wind farms, as well as thermal projects Thorold and North Battleford, brought Northland […]

22 February 2019 Business & Finance

Wind energy provided 14% of the EU’s electricity in 2018, which is an increase from 12% in 2017, according to statistics by WindEurope. Last year, wind power capacity rose by 11.3GW in Europe, with 2.65GW offshore and 8.6GW onshore. According to WindEurope, continued growth in capacity and the use of more powerful turbines are helping to increase wind's share […]