SeaRoc expands SeaPlanner offering

Posted by Web Master 6 on July 31, 2018 7:40 AM EDT
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SeaRoc has expanded its SeaPlanner marine management system for risk assessments, method statements and work permits at offshore wind farms including controller personnel.

The new “full-service” package is part of the company's Strategic Alliance Program in partnership with Marine Coordination Services, Specialist Marine Consultants and EMS Maritime Offshore.

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Siemens Gamesa is set to become the supplier of the world’s largest offshore project to date, Hornsea Two, promoted by the Danish energy distributor Ørsted. Once it enters service in early 2022, this park will provide clean energy to approximately 1.3 million British households. The installation of the 165 SG 8.0-167 Direct Drive wind turbines 89 kilometers from the British East Coast is scheduled for 2021.

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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).,doosan-to-develop-customised-8-mw-offshore-wind-turbine-for-south-korean-conditions_53324.htm

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The winners of the tender for the Borssele V offshore wind innovation site in the Netherlands are to use it to test a new way to connect monopiles and transition pieces and to promote marine life in offshore windfarms.

The Two Towers consortium, consisting of Van Oord, Investri Offshore and Green Giraffe, has won the tender for Borssele V windfarm. MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is the preferred supplier for the wind turbines.,dutch-site-to-be-used-to-test-innovation-and-promote-species-diversity_51346.htm

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New hydraulic bolt tensioners for offshore wind

Posted by Charles Decuir on March 22, 2018 9:25 AM EDT
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Enerpac has introduced a new portfolio of hydraulic bolt tensioners for offshore wind power fastening applications.

The PGT-Series Double Deck and Single-Stage Bolt Tensioners provide high performance in tight spaces typically found in wind turbines. Key features include auto-retract pistons, over-stroke protection and auto-engage nut rundown. The FTR-Series Foundation Bolt Tensioners are designed specifically for tensioning wind tower foundations bolts.The FTE-Series Elliptical Foundation Bolt Tensioners provide a fastening solution on wind tower foundation applications where limited space between the stud and wall prevent the use of standard tools. They feature an elliptical geometry, which enables fit in narrow access foundation applications without reducing load capabilities.

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Esbjerg, Denmark-based Semco Maritime and Moffatt & Nichol in the US are to offer common engineering services to the offshore wind industry in the US.

Together, the companies will offer engineering services to the market combining Semco Maritime’s 15 years of offshore wind experience in Europe with Moffatt & Nichol’s engineering expertise in the energy and infrastructure sectors.,danes-join-forces-with-moffatt-nichol-for-us-offshore-wind_50991.htm


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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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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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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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