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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


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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.


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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. 



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With state officials eyeing $56 billion of wind farm projects off the American coastline, developers are worried the turbines will need to be stamped with a big "Made in the U.S.A." That’s because the U.S. doesn’t make any.

Initially, the cost of offshore wind farms in the U.S. will be 45 percent more than those built in Europe, partly because much of the equipment will have to be imported, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The viability of any new projects will require long-term supply agreements that guarantee developers can sell their power at above-market rates, BNEF said.


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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.”


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Following successful wind-turbine blade inspections at Sheringham Shoal, Martek Aviation have been awarded a two-year Framework Contract with SSE Plc to inspect their 683 wind turbines across 47 sites throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).

Drone inspections

According to Martek Aviation, UAS’s make aerial surveys more accessible, affordable, and easier to perform, enabling critical infrastructure inspections to be carried out in minutes. Drone platforms can also be deployed in areas which are difficult or dangerous for surveying personnel to access, making them suitable for more challenging offshore applications.

The Framework Contract, starting next month, covers inspection of a variety of wind turbines, each with three blades from a range of manufacturers



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Deepwater Wind on Wednesday announced a series of appointments for its 120-MW Skipjack wind project off the coast of Maryland as it gears for the implementation of the scheme.

The project's development manager will be Joy Weber, who will be in charge of building developments. Whitney Fiore, of St Michaels, will serve as manager of permitting and environmental affairs. Deepwater plans to submit permit applications in 2019.


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Six Next-Generation Technologies that Matter

Posted by Steve Bain on January 22, 2018 3:20 PM EST
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BP has presented its view of six next-generation technologies that matter to the energy industry including blockchain, 3D printing and artificial intelligence. 

BP's Emerging Technology team leader Dan Walker says: “There are hundreds of technologies out there that could impact BP, either positively or negatively, and we’re constantly scanning to identify and track these. We have to evaluate these technologies, analyze their strategic fit to BP and then prioritize them for potential action. Back in 2015, we saw the emergence of battery and fuel cells technologies, while just a couple of years later in 2017 we’ve seen blockchain and next generation wind technology come into focus.”

The next significant technologies on BP's radar are:


Autonomous vehicle technology

3D printing

Artificial intelligence


Wind technology



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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. 


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