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The U.S. National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium has launched its first roadmap aimed at accelerating the development of the offshore wind industry in the United States.
Following the release of the Dutch Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap 2030, TenneT has tabled proposals on how to connect offshore wind farms in the Holland Coast (West), North of the Wadden Sea Islands, and IJmuiden Far Offshore zones to the offshore grid.
Green Giraffe Director Sophie Cherrier held a presentation at the 3rd Asia Offshore Wind Day in Tokyo, Japan, looking at the industry-wide lessons from Europe, bankability of offshore wind projects, and the challenges and opportunities the Japanese offshore wind sector is facing.
Modus Seabed Intervention today informed it had completed system integration and trialling of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) featuring capabilities and characteristics of a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). This is one of the subsea industry's first commercially available hybrid unmanned underwater vehicles, according to the company.
Kenz Cranes, a Dutch company specialising in custom made and fit-for-purpose hoisting and lifting equipment, has unveiled a new design for an advanced and multifunctional offshore gangway construction with an X-wing foundation. The design of the fully motion compensated gangway will be used for personnel transfer to wind turbines. The X-wing allows to keep maximum deck space on a vessel […]
BMO Offshore has introduced engine monitoring for Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs), which brings vessel motion, behavior and fuel figures together. Additionally, the data can be used for fleet management and maintenance planning, the company said. CTV motion monitoring systems enable recording of information on sea state and motion of the vessel to monitor seasickness, vessel impacts on turbines […]
Nexans has launched a new range of cable and power accessories for higher capacity wind farms. The new generation of power accessories with F-type outer cone comprising separable T-connectors, coupling connectors and surge arresters has been developed to operate at 72.5kV, the company said. To transmit the increased power between each individual turbine and collection platforms […]
TenneT has presented a 'hub and spoke' concept to set up a large European offshore electricity system that incorporates building of an island in the middle of the North Sea. Numerous wind farms can be connected to the artificial island – a total capacity of over 30 GW can be connected on an island of roughly 6 km² – from […]
[email protected], a German designer of offshore and multipurpose vessels, has presented a design for a purpose-built Offshore Accommodation Vessel (OAV) for operations at offshore wind farms. The OAV serves as a base for up to 60 technicians and crew members. It features 60 single cabins, acoustically insulated bulkheads and decks in the accommodation area and adjacent to thruster rooms, […]
A Dutch subsea engineering company, Seatools, has launched a pile cleaning and dredging tool. The Pile Dredge Tool (PDT) is capable of removing soil plugs and cleaning pre-piled jackets, such as those used in the offshore wind industry. The system can also be used for other pile excavation operations as well, such as for the preparation of […]
Along with the news that TenneT had been confirmed as the operator of the Dutch offshore grid, the TSO reported that it had finalized the design for the offshore platforms which will be part of the connection of the planned wind farms to the onshore grid. In the coming years, TenneT will build five identical platforms with […]
National Grid IFA2 Ltd held a second series of consultation events this month, showcasing revised plans for an electricity interconnector between Hampshire in England and Normandy in France. People were able to see updated plans for the proposed high voltage electricity link and give feedback. Made up of subsea cables running between the two countries, the interconnector […]
SeaRoc Group has presented its expertise and SeaPlanner marine management software to the emerging Japanese market at the 6th Offshore Wind Workshop. The seminar, which was held at the University of Tokyo, Japan, on 17th December 2015, was attended by 200 industry professionals. Business Development Manager, Dominic Stratton presented alongside Hirofumi Takano of ClassNK, providing the audience with […]
Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has developed a new operations and maintenance (O&M) platform, called the Windbase, which includes an accommodation module, a full service base and a fully operational offshore heliport, removing the requirement for an onshore quayside facility. The company's UK General Manager David Matthews, who is also Project Director for Fred. Olsen Windbase, pointed out that […]
Europe’s ocean energy industry will meet with key political leaders at a high level summit in Dublin today to present a game plan for commercialising the ocean energy sector. The summit marks the start of the two-day Ocean Energy Europe Conference & Exhibition. “With leading companies, world class research facilities and great offshore resources, Ireland […]
Siemens has introduced a new solution for connecting offshore wind turbines to the grid. Presented at the National Maritime Conference in Bremerhaven, the direct-current technology enables a cost-efficient and simplified connection of offshore wind power plants far from the coast, Siemens said. The platform housing the transmission technology is much smaller and more compact than […]
Ulstein has introduced its S182 design, a new dynamically positioned multipurpose construction vessel suitable for shallow water operations. The company said that the main design driver was to develop a very CAPEX friendly DP vessel with good capabilities to support various offshore operations, including cable lay and offshore construction. The vessel is capable of supporting a […]
In response to growing industry demand, Maersk Training, in partnership with offshore wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, has become the first to offer an Advanced First Aid course specifically tailored to the needs of personnel working in the wind energy sector. Due to the increasing distance from shore to turbine and the prolonged […]
Dutch offshore accommodation specialist, C-bed, has presented a new tailor-made offshore wind hotel vessel, Wind Innovation. The vessel was built for optimising the installation and commissioning stages for offshore wind farm operators. “With her DP2 capacity and Comfort Class 3 certification, she is the most advanced offshore hotel vessel ever in the C-bed fleet. Wind […]
The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) has issued an executive presentation on the possibility of changing the tenderer in offshore wind tenders in Denmark. The presentation highlights the current limitations that follow from Danish jurisprudence with regard to the possibility of making any subsequent changes in the tenderer after pre-qualification and throughout the duration of the contract. […]
Fugro has introduced a high accuracy G2+ service, designed to benefit offshore operators around the globe who require positioning and measurement accuracy at centimetre level. G2+ is an enhancement of Fugro’s highly regarded G2 service (based on GPS and GLONASS) and utilises highly advanced GNSS augmentation algorithms developed in-house by its GNSS augmentation experts. The […]
Recognising the critical role that substructures play on the Levellised Cost of Energy, a dedicated session was held on Tuesday 10th March at EWEA Offshore that discussed various foundation solutions. One of the session speakers was Dr. Azadeh Attari from engineering consultants, Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions (GDG), who presented preliminary results from the European Commission […]
Automasjon og Data (A+D) is currently showcasing the new generation Vessel Motion Monitoring System (VMMS) at EWEA Offshore in Copenhagen. The new generation VMMS are using a multi-sensor approach to measuring the vessel motion and the new AIMM inertial matrix sensor is used for this application. These systems are often used during critical phases of the operation. […]
Siemens has launched a new alternating-current (AC) grid access solution for connecting near-shore wind power plants to the grid. The new solution consists of an offshore transformer module (OTM) attached directly to a wind turbine, and acts as a distributed transmission asset. Nominally rated in incremental 250 megawatt blocks it can be linked together to provide […]
DNV GL today announced three Joint Industry Projects (JIPs) aimed at developing recommended practices for the global wind industry to further develop industrial accepted design practices and methods, lower risks and reduce costs. 1. JIP: Coupled dynamic analysis of floating wind turbines Floating wind provides an opportunity to globalize offshore wind as a technology in a […]
The annual International Conference on Offshore Wind Substructures was held in Edinburgh last week, where the latest trends in foundation design and innovations in substructure technology were discussed. This two day event facilitated lively discussion among attendees from across the supply chain regarding how foundation engineering may contribute to reducing the levellised cost of energy. […]