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New Windfarm Vessel to Meet Future Requirements

Posted by Charles Decuir on January 16, 2018 12:50 PM EST
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Ad Hoc Marine Designs is championing the feasibility of its Typhoon Class Swath design as the best suited windfarm vessel to meet significant wave height requirements for future rounds of offshore windfarms.

The company has recently released details of its new Walk to Work (W2W) Swath CTV capable of servicing the next generation of Round 3 windfarms, giving operators a “better alternative” to ordering larger vessels.

“The next round of windfarms and the future vessel requirements for higher wave height and being longer at sea is due to windfarms being placed further out to sea,” said John Kecsmar, naval architect, Ad Hoc Marine Designs.

“Our Typhoon Class Swath design is the best one on the market to meet these requirements going forward.”

Kecsmar refutes the view that Swath designs have more resistance at higher speeds, increasing fuel consumption and operating costs for operators. Existing CTV designs are comparable.

Read the rest at: https://maritime-executive.com/corporate/new-windfarm-vessel-to-meet-future-requirements

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Mono Buckets for German wind farm

Posted by Charles Decuir on January 8, 2018 1:15 PM EST
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Mono-bucket foundation technology for offshore windfarms could be tested on the Deutsche Bucht Wind Farm offshore Germany.

The technology, developed by Universal Foundations, a Fred Olsen company, was picked for the Bucht wind farm as a pilot project. Two would be added to the farm, with accompanying winds turbines, adding 17MW to the 252MW project. 

Deutsche Bucht is Northland Power’s third offshore wind project. It is in about 40m water depth, 95km northwest of the island of Borkum in the German North Sea. 

 http://www.oedigital.com/engineering/item/16828-mono-buckets-for-german-wind-farm

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The waste-to-energy facility is due to begin operation in 2018. The building was completed with University of Hull input in the hopes of increasing access to education about renewable energy.

A key element of the new, £200m energy from waste power plant ‘Energy Works’ has been completed, paving the way for new research into renewable energy technologies.

Spencer Group, a multi-disciplinary engineering business, has steered the Energy Works scheme in Hull from concept to delivery and the company is now playing a part in construction of the vast green energy facility.

Up to 150 Spencer Group staff and sub-contractors have been delivering the £35m package of civil and structural works for the green energy power plant. The team has now completed the Energy Academy, a learning, research and development facility created in partnership with the University of Hull.

https://www.bioenergy-news.com/display_news/13295/research_and_control_center_for_energy_works_plant_completed/

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Proposal for turbines in 30 m/s winds

Posted by Charles Decuir on November 10, 2017 9:40 AM EST
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The power produced by any given wind turbine varies with the third power of the wind speed. Therefore, an 8-MW turbine designed for the North Sea would theoretically produce over 140 MW if taken into the Roaring Forties. It would obviously have to be strengthened considerably (Wilson proposed a new type of wind turbine that should be more reliable in high winds) but if we lower the power output to 50 MW per turbine there would still be vastly more available energy to power all the earth’s needs almost forever.

http://www.windpowerengineering.com/blades/planning-power-30-ms-winds/

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China's largest wind turbine installation vessel, the "Longyuan Zhenhua 3", could boost international cooperation in the South China Sea, experts said Sunday. 

The vessel, which went into trial service on Sunday in Nantong, East China's Jiangsu Province, has a lifting capacity of 2,000 tons, making it the largest of this kind in the world, currently, news site people.cn reported. 

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1072548.shtml

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Operated by Statoil in partnership with Masdar, the 30 MW wind farm consists of five 6 MW turbines and is located 25 kilometers offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland and will power approximately 20,000 households.

http://www.marinelog.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=27426:video-worlds-first-floating-offshore-wind-farm-starts-operation&Itemid=224

 

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International engineering and operations support services contractor ODE, an integral part of the DORIS Group, has been awarded two Framework Agreements for Electrical Project Management, and for Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) Project Engineering and associated Project and Interface Management.

The framework agreements will run until 2021 and apply to Vattenfall WindKraft, its subsidiaries and affiliated companies across Europe, including the United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden.

http://www.offshorewindindustry.com/news/vattenfall-europe-awards-ode-framework

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The world’s first full scale floating wind turbine is being installed off the coast of north-east Scotland. The floating foundations will enable turbines to operate in deeper waters and will dramatically reduce the cost of installation. 

In total five Siemens Gamesa 6MW turbines are being installed at the Peterhead wind farm, known broadly as Hywind, which will provide power to 20,000 homes.

Norwegian oil and gas giant Statoil has produced the turbines and hope that the floating foundations will enable turbines to be installed in many viable sites that are currently too deep for monopiles.

http://www.eurekamagazine.co.uk/design-engineering-news/floating-foundations-world-first-for-offshore-wind/157817/

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The technology group Wärtsilä signed in January a contract with Babcock International Group plc to design and build a number of switchboards and distribution boards for the world's first offshore reactive compensation station, a vital part of transmitting to shore the electricity produced sustainably by the offshore wind farm.

The Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm is currently under construction at Babcock Rosyth in Scotland. Upon completion, the wind farm, operated by DONG Energy, will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world. Wärtsilä will supply the Wärtsilä Low voltage switchboards for the world's first offshore reactive compensation station.

https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2017/07/04/1038642/0/en/W%C3%A4rtsil%C3%A4-to-enhance-the-reliability-of-world-s-largest-offshore-wind-farm.html

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As highlighted recently in Riviera Maritime Media’s publications OSJ and OWJ, a number of companies have ordered vessels targeting the growing market for ships capable of decommissioning offshore platforms and installing jacket foundations for offshore wind turbines

http://www.osjonline.com/news/view,newgeneration-heavy-lifter-will-work-across-markets_48140.htm

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