Swiss technology giant ABB has this week announced it has won the contract to connect the mammoth 1.4 gigawatt (GW) Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm to the UK National Grid, a project which will supply over 1.3 million homes with power.

Danish energy group Ørsted has been finalizing contracts for its 1.4 GW Hornsea Project Two recently, signing a wind turbine supply order with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy in late June to provide 165 of its SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines. Ørsted, or DONG Energy as it was at the time, acquired the rights to the Hornsea offshore wind development zone back in August of 2015, having already acquired the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm development from the SMart Wind consortium earlier that year. The project was originally conceived as a 1.8 GW megalith but has since been scaled down to 1.4 GW, and is expected to begin construction in 2021.

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The world’s most powerful wind turbine, the first of two 8.8 megawatt (MW) turbines, has been successfully installed at Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre off the coast of North East Scotland, which is set to be a groundbreaking testbed for new offshore wind technologies.

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Giant floating crane for wind farm work

Posted by Charles Decuir on December 19, 2017 10:30 AM EST
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One of the world’s largest floating cranes, Asian Hercules III, has arrived in Peterhead Port, in the north east of the UK, ahead of construction work on Swedish power company Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), also known as the Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm. The wind farm is in Aberdeen Bay, around 3 kilometres off the east coast of Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

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First French offshore wind turbine inaugurated

Posted by Web Master 6 on October 18, 2017 1:25 PM EDT
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France's first floating offshore turbine - and it's first offshore wind turbine at all - was inauguarted in Saint-Nazaire, France, today.

The 2MW Vestas turbine is primed for the École Centrale de Nantes and CNRS's SEM-REV offshore test site, after which it will be installed off the coast of Croisic for an initial period of two years. Demonstration parks are expected to follow.

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Europe installs 6.1GW of new wind so far this year

Posted by Charles Decuir on August 2, 2017 8:40 AM EDT
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The first half of 2017 saw Europe install 6.1GW of new wind energy capacity.

That’s according to new figures released by industry organisation WindEurope, which put the renewable power source on course for a successful year across the continent.

However, much of this investment and development was heavily concentrated in a relatively small number of countries.

A total of 4.8GW of onshore wind capacity was installed in the first half of 2017, with the majority being built in Germany (2.2GW), UK (1.2GW) and France (492MW).

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Aberdeen-based Sparrows Group has signed a contract to supply 103 cranes for installation at ScottishPower Renewables’ 714 megawatt East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm.
Located off the coast of Suffolk, the wind farm will be capable of producing enough electricity to power around 500,000 homes and is anticipated to generate first power in 2019 and be fully-operational by 2020.

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