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1 December 2016 Technology

Classification society ClassNK has issued an Approval in Principle (AIP) for Principle Power's WindFloat offshore wind foundation designed for deployment in Japanese waters, featuring a 5MW offshore wind turbine. The engineering work was carried out under a contract with Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding for a feasibility study performed for NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology […]

28 November 2016 Vessels

On Friday, Maritime Safety Committee of the United Nations' International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted interim recommendations on safe carriage of offshore technicians and agreed on a definition of these technicians – so-called industrial personnel – under which wind turbine technicians and installation personnel with proper training in maritime safety are no longer considered as ordinary passengers. The […]

25 November 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance, Operations & Maintenance

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has kicked of a search for underdeveloped waterfront sites within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that could be acquired and potentially improved through private investment to become suitable facilities to support near-term and long-term offshore wind activities. MassCEC is now seeking proposals from an engineering team with the necessary expertise to […]

21 November 2016 Business & Finance

Global high voltage cable market is expected to garner $47.1 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 6.7% from 2016 to 2022, with submarine cables expected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period with a CAGR of over 8%, according to a new research published by Allied Market Research. Underground and submarine cables […]

8 November 2016 Business & Finance, Operations & Maintenance, Technology, Vessels

For offshore wind farms to properly deliver power to households on land, not only do professionals using gigantic vessels and high-tech machinery need to install massive and complex infrastructure, but the selected sites also must be thoroughly surveyed before the construction can start. Once all set up, those turbines sticking out way above the sea […]

8 November 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance, Operations & Maintenance

Maryland-based offshore wind developer US Wind, Inc. partnered with Tradepoint Atlantic (TPA), the firm overseeing the 3,100-acre redevelopment of the former Sparrows Point steel mill, to host offshore wind supply chain manufacturers at TPA's Port of Baltimore facility on 2 November. Representatives from turbine, electrical cable and steel manufacturing, vessel construction and local marine support services […]

31 October 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance, Operations & Maintenance, R&D, Technology, Vessels

British companies have already won 115 contracts to provide services for 50 offshore wind projects abroad and can stand to benefit further from 250 offshore wind farms in development around the world, according to a document released by RenewableUK. The document shows that British companies are winning multimillion-pound contracts; making and laying cables, installing turbines, […]

20 October 2016 Business & Finance, Grid Connection

Rob van der Hage, Business Manager Offshore at TenneT Netherlands, will be one of the panellists in the closing discussion on short and long term potential at the Offshore WIND Conference and has provided an insight into the sector from an interesting point of view – that of an electricity transmission system operator. Regarding his […]

17 October 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance

The East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) will launch a new Offshore Wind Supply Chain special interest group (SIG) on Wednesday, 19 October, during a reception at Westminster. The Offshore Wind Supply Chain is expected to ensure that the region benefits from the investments in offshore wind, with its first steering group meeting, chaired by 3sun Group […]

29 September 2016 Grid Connection, R&D, Technology

Prysmian Group has announced the successful development and testing of its new P-Laser 600 kV cable system for High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) applications. The company's new cable technology for the development of power transmission grids is now ready to be launched, Prysmian said. “This milestone innovation shapes the progress of the entire HVDC (High […]

16 September 2016 Authorities

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the release of the New York State Offshore Wind Blueprint that creates a framework for the development of wind energy generation off the coast of New York through a comprehensive Offshore Wind Master Plan. The Blueprint has been developed by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) as part of the […]

23 August 2016

Being an expert in any industry is a great responsibility. Being an expert in assessing the risk of potentially dangerous situations in an industry is an even greater responsibility. It is not only financial investments that rely on expert advice, lives also depend upon the policies and decisions made by these experts. Costa Renewables is such a company that […]

17 August 2016

A wind farm construction project should be meticulously planned involving, as near as possible, the complete supply chain from the very start if the execution is to be as successful as possible. On top of the large Tier 1 organisations involved, delivery of a project often involves a significant number of small to medium sized companies each with their […]

12 August 2016 Business & Finance, Environment, R&D, Technology

HiDef Aerial Surveying Limited has completed a merger with German environmental consultancy, BioConsult. The partnership gives HiDef access to BioConsult’s pool of over thirty environment scientists, marine biologists, ornithologists and statisticians. The link between BioConsult SH and HiDef was established in 2013, when BioConsult SH became the first European Licensee for HiDef’s bespoke digital aerial […]

22 July 2016 Wind Farm Update

National Grid, which will build, own and operate the majority of the new electrical infrastructure needed to connect the Block Island Wind Farm to the electric grid on Block Island and mainland Rhode Island, is progressing with cabling works required to connect the first American offshore wind farm to land. In Narragansett, Rhode Island, all of the […]

21 July 2016

Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology IWES Northwest has applied its multi-channel seismic system for surveys that allowed the construction of the Arkona offshore wind project to be on time despite changes to the wind farm design. The modified project plan incorporated 60 turbines instead of 80 because of the switch to the larger […]

20 July 2016 Authorities

Scottish Court of Session has ruled in favour of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) in a legal challenge against four offshore wind projects in the Firth of Forth and Firth of Tay, which received consents from the Scottish ministers in 2014.  After a judicial review of the Scottish Ministers' approval, the court ordered that […]

13 July 2016

Following the publication of OECD's "The Ocean Economy in 2030" report, which shows that the offshore wind market will see strong growth by 2030, Danish Shipowners' Association has called for extending sailor tax for wind turbine vessels, so that Denmark can maintain its leading position in the field. The prediction from OECD economists that the number […]

7 July 2016

WindEurope, formerly known as EWEA, today published an initial assessment of possible Brexit implications. The full article by WindEurope can be read below. The full impact and implications of the UK referendum, and what it means for the wind industry short and long term, are impossible to assess properly at this stage. But there are some points we […]

5 July 2016 R&D

Mathematical Problems in Engineering, a journal from Hindawi Publishing Coropration, has invited researchers and scientists to submit their original research articles on that will stimulate the continuing progress of the offshore renewable energy field, with a focus on the state-of-the-art mathematical knowledge for offshore renewables engineering. "Offshore renewable energy (ORE) such as offshore wind turbines, wave energy converters, […]

7 June 2016 Grid Connection, Technology, Vessels, Wind Farm Update

Specialist explosive ordnance disposal contractor Ramora UK is preparing to undertake a programme of disposal of items previously identified as unexploded wartime ordnance, found on the seabed where the 336MW Galloper wind farm will be built off the Suffolk coast. The bombs were identified during surveys undertaken ahead of the offshore construction starting this summer. Ramora […]

7 June 2016 R&D, Technology

HiDef today informed that its bespoke ultra-high resolution digital video aerial technology had been confirmed as the standard bearer for offshore wildlife surveys by academics from the University of Kiel. The study, published in May, has highlighted the effectiveness of HiDef’s technology, with a direct comparison to two still camera platforms. The study reports on the findings […]

3 June 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance, Technology

Aberdeen-based SeaEnergy has gone into administration and sold its Return to Scene (R2S) business to James Fisher & Sons plc for GBP 1.9 million. KPMG's Geoff Jacobs,  Blair Nimmo and Tony Friar were appointed as joint administrators of the offshore energy services provider on June 2. SeaEnergy is the holding company of the SeaEnergy group of […]

31 May 2016 Operations & Maintenance, Wind Farm Update

Siemens Nederland N.V. and EMS Maritime Offshore (EMO) laid the foundation stone for the offshore service base in the port of Eemshaven on 27 May. The general contractor for execution of the construction is the Dutch construction company Kooi from Appingedam. Siemens' requirements have been implemented based on a draft created by the architects and consultants of […]

19 May 2016 Authorities, Business & Finance, R&D, Wind Farm Update

Two unnamed offshore wind developers bidding for the 700MW Borssele I and II projects asked the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) to assess their designs in advance to further solidify their business cases and instill confidence in investors. Ten project developers are in the running for a permit to develop the two 350MW wind farms off the coast of Zeeland, […]

18 May 2016

No less than 10 technology developers and associations gathered to found “Friends of Floating Offshore Wind”, a group which will promote the interests of floating offshore wind in Scotland and UK. The group, comprising Pilot Offshore Renewables, Hexicon, RES Offshore, IDEOL, Floating Power Plant, Glosten PelaStar, Principle Power Inc, Atkins, ACS Cobra and GICON, aims at creating favourable conditions for further development of the sector. Global […]