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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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Five Siemens Gamesa turbines of 6MW have now been installed on floating foundations in Stord, Norway, at the 30 MW “Hywind Scotland” project. From the deep fjord outside Stord on the west coast of Norway, the floating wind turbines will be towed to Scottish waters. The world´s largest floating wind project will be located 25 kilometers off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, at water depths between 90 and 120 meters.

https://www.windtech-international.com/projects-and-contracts/wind-turbines-for-hywind-project-are-installed-on-floating-foundations

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DEME Group’s offshore marine engineering subsidiary GeoSea will design, manufacture and install 71 turbine foundations for the EnBW Hohe See offshore wind farm, for which GeoSea is Siemens’ EPCI partner, the company said in its press release. This partnership enables Siemens to provide offshore wind turbines including foundations to EnBW.

http://en.portnews.ru/news/234770/

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Blyth foundations take shape

Posted by Charles Decuir on January 16, 2017 10:20 AM EST
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The construction of the gravity-base foundations for the 41.5MW Blyth offshore wind demonstration project in England is advancing in Newcastle.

The lower shafts have been placed and the roof panels are about to be mounted, BAM Infra said.

The Royal BAM unit is building the innovative foundations at the Neptune dry dock on the Tyne for EDF. They will feature a hybrid structure comprising a concrete lower section and a steel monopile.

http://renews.biz/105543/blyth-foundations-take-shape/

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Blyth foundations take shape

Posted by Charles Decuir on January 16, 2017 10:15 AM EST
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The construction of the gravity-base foundations for the 41.5MW Blyth offshore wind demonstration project in England is advancing in Newcastle.

The lower shafts have been placed and the roof panels are about to be mounted, BAM Infra said.

The Royal BAM unit is building the innovative foundations at the Neptune dry dock on the Tyne for EDF. They will feature a hybrid structure comprising a concrete lower section and a steel monopile.

http://renews.biz/105543/blyth-foundations-take-shape/

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The use of sensors and condition monitoring (CM) technologies to collect continuous real time measurements on wind turbine foundations as a means of detecting the existence of damage, identifying the location of damage, assessing the type and severity of damage, and estimating the remaining useful life (RUL) has been significantly growing in recent years. Quite often, considerable errors are reported between the measured structural modal properties through inspection and the simulated results based on CM-base dataset due to various “uncertainties”. 

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AVS288/engd-reliability-of-condition-monitoring-technologies-for-offshore-wind-foundations-under-uncertainty/

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War remnants cleared for German wind farm

Posted by Web Master 6 on December 9, 2016 10:55 AM EST
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The installation of the foundations for a wind farm in the Baltic Sea can begin now that the area is clear of the remnants of war, a German company said.

German energy company E.ON and Norwegian oil and gas firm Statoil are planning the construction of the Arkona wind farm in the German waters of the Baltic Sea. After four months, the companies said the area was cleared of explosive ordnance left over from the major wars of the 20th century.

http://www.upi.com/War-remnants-cleared-for-German-wind-farm/5251481105856/

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The multi-million pound contract is part of an agreement with Lamprell, an international provider of fabrication, engineering and contracting services, which will fabricate 60 jackets. The Harland and Wolff contract will support up to 200 jobs in Belfast, where the company is based.

http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/wind/harland-and-wolff-awarded-a-foundations-contract-20161206

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