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Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction has been selected as the main contractor for an 8 MW offshore wind turbine for a project sponsored by the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning.

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (DHIC) is one of five parties from industry, academia and the research sector that will carry out a 48-month project valued at approximately 5Bn won (US$4M).

http://www.owjonline.com/news/view,doosan-to-develop-customised-8-mw-offshore-wind-turbine-for-south-korean-conditions_53324.htm

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The South Orange County (Calif.) Community College District has dedicated the first building at its Advanced Technology and Education Park (ATEP) in Tustin.

The $29.35 million Integrated Design, Engineering and Automation (IDEA) Building will house career technical education programs for Irvine Valley College at the ATEP site, a 62-acre development on a former Marine Corps Air Station.

Related: $10 million gift will help pay for Career and Technical facility at Kansas community college

ATEP will focus on advanced technology, career technical education, and workforce development training programs to support high-demand jobs. The district’s two colleges, Irvine Valley College and Saddleback College, are expanding academic programs and collaborative partnerships at ATEP with business and other educational institutions.

http://www.asumag.com/new-construction/community-college-district-opens-technical-education-facility-tustin-calif

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At the northern end of Denmark’s Jutland peninsula, the wind blows so hard that rows of trees grow in one direction, like gnarled flags.

The relentless weather over this long strip of farmland, bogs and mud flats — and the real-world laboratory it provides — has given the country a leading role in transforming wind power into a viable source of clean energy.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/04/23/business/energy-environment/big-windmills.html

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To maintain Ireland’s growing offshore renewable energy network, a new €2m robot has been launched that will patrol its sites to make repairs to devices.

Given the less-than-calm nature of the waters off the coast of western Ireland, the offshore renewable energy sector could struggle to reach a generator if the weather was particularly bad, potentially putting an engineer at risk.

But what if there was another safer, robotic solution?

https://www.siliconrepublic.com/machines/marine-robot-ul-etain

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When engineer Lukasz Cejrowski finally saw the world's largest wind turbine blades installed on a prototype tower in 2016, he stood in front of it and took a selfie. Obviously.

"It was amazing," he says, recalling the moment with a laugh. "The feeling of happiness - 'Yes, it works, it's mounted.'"

Those blades, made by Danish firm LM Wind Power, were a record-breaking 88.4m (290ft) long - bigger than the wingspan of an Airbus A380, or nearly the length of two Olympic-sized swimming pools. The swept area of such a mammoth rotor blade would cover Rome's Colosseum.

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43576226

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Specialist heavy-lift companies RollDock and SAL Heavy Lift have decided to form a pool, but BigLift has ended a venture with the former 
 
February 2018 saw RollDock and SAL Heavy Lift, two leading players in the heavy-lift market, join forces for roll-on/roll-off and float-in/float-out heavy-lift cargoes. Both are well known for their work in the offshore oil and gas and related sectors.
 
The pool will consist of a combined fleet of six vessels and will be managed by RollDock with SAL providing specialised heavy break bulk cargo support. Five of the vessels comes from the existing RollDock fleet (S-class and ST-class vessels) and one from SAL (Combi Dock I). 
 

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Since 2012, offshore turbines with total power outputs in excess of one GigaWatt (GW) have been coming on stream in European waters every year. According to WindEUROPE, Offshore wind in Europe saw a net 1,558 MW of additional grid-connected capacity installed in 2016.

Despite the challenges of constructing offshore turbines, the capacity there is expected to grow as suitable land-based sites become scarcer and operators take advantage of the greater consistency of wind at sea. The output power of offshore turbines also tends to be greater than their land-based counterparts. According to WindEUROPE the average power output of offshore turbines installed in 2016 was 4.8 MW. Turbines of 9 MW or more capacity are now in the launching stage – Vestas’ V164-9.5 MW development is a prime example

https://www.windpowerengineering.com/bearings/large-offshore-wind-turbines-challenging-bearing-designs/

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An explosion of innovation in the UK will see an army of autonomous robots service giant wind turbines with tens of rotors, while parachute-shaped kites will transform how we think about wind turbines.

And offshore wind could become the backbone of the country’s energy mix within 12 years, with pioneering designs and storage technology potentially seeing a third of the UK’s electricity demand met by offshore wind.

http://www.scottishconstructionnow.com/24582/finallymotherships-robots-40-rotor-turbines-offshore-wind-look-2050/#

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We must seize the opportunity offered by floating wind

Posted by Web Master 6 on February 20, 2018 10:15 AM EST
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You might think that the opportunity to support innovative technology which can generate massive amounts of clean power, create thousands of jobs and offer the potential of exports worth billions would be seized by any government looking for new markets around the world.

But when it comes to one of the best examples of such a technology, floating offshore wind, there is a sense of paralysis in Westminster which could jeopardise some great projects. 

https://www.businessgreen.com/bg/opinion/3026899/we-must-seize-the-opportunity-offered-by-floating-wind

 

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Turbine tip extension offers energy output boost

Posted by Web Master 6 on February 12, 2018 10:05 AM EST
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Natural Power recently provided planning support and conducted structural assessments as part of a retro-fit blade tip extension pilot project for Siemens Gamesa’s fleet of 2.3MW onshore wind turbines at Fred.Olsen Renewables’ Crystal Rig II site in the Scottish Borders. It is expected that the tip extensions of 2.55m will achieve an annual energy production boost of up to 10%.

Shane Bermingham, Engineering Design Lead at Natural Power, said: “As we move to a subsidy free market, any increases asset owners can see in production is a very attractive proposition. It is great to see the evolution of wind turbine technology and the optimisation of their performance, and we are delighted to have been involved with the blade tip extension project with Fred.Olsen Renewables and Siemens Gamesa at Crystal Rig.”

https://www.realwire.com/releases/Turbine-tip-extension-offers-energy-output-boost

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