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Offshore lifting: Buoyant business

Posted by Web Master 6 on December 5, 2017 11:10 AM EST
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With governments around the world increasingly turning to renewable sources of energy, the current wind farm sector is thriving. As such, a number of offshore lifting product innovations have been developed specifically for this market.

International lifting and offshore services specialist Huisman has developed a new crane series for maintenance work on offshore wind turbines. Called the Foldable Offshore Crane, Huisman says its features include, “unparalleled lifting heights and more than sufficient lifting capacity with a foldable boom resulting in less required deck space and a low own weight of the crane.” Huisman says it will need a smaller and, therefore, cheaper jack up vessel than is required with existing cranes for this application.

https://www.khl.com/features/offshore-lifting-buoyant-business/130565.article

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In the first week of October, the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and the University of Hull announced that they had teamed up to launch a pioneering £2 million offshore wind operations and maintenance (O&M) centre of excellence.

What are the key objectives of the Centre and what are the main themes of the work it will carry out? What are the main expected outputs? And in what way will the work carried out at the Centre be of use to the wider offshore wind O&M sector?

http://www.maritimejournal.com/news101/marine-renewable-energy/offshore-catapult-and-hull-university-team-up-for-offshore-o-and-m-centre-of-excellence

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Casablanca-based confectionery and chewing gum producer Maghreb Industries is close to fully implementing a 1,361kWp rooftop solar system combined with an ice-based storage system on the roof of its new factory.

Maghreb CEO Hakim Marrakchi, who said he was inspored by rooftop solar on the roof of a Belgian chocolate factory, sought funding from the EBRD, which then provided a €4.6 million loan through its Finance and Technology Transfer Centre for Climate Change (FINTECC).

https://www.energy-storage.news/news/moroccos-largest-rooftop-solar-plant-nears-completion-with-cold-storage

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Poseidom Looks to Cut Offshore Wind O&M Costs

Posted by Jeff Keever on September 5, 2017 9:15 AM EDT
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Spain’s Ingeteam is working on a project to develop a new software tool to make it possible to calculate the optimal O&M strategies and reduce cost uncertainty of the operation of offshore wind farms.

In partnership with the Environmental Hydraulics Institute of Cantabria (IHCantabria) and the marine energy company, EnerOcean, Ingeteam is looking to reduce the operational and financial risks associated with offshore wind farms.

http://www.offshorewind.biz/2017/09/01/poseidom-looks-to-cut-offshore-wind-om-costs/

 

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Three UK companies have been selected to construct the operations and maintenance (O&M) base and related infrastructure for the 336-MW Galloper offshore wind farm off the Suffolk coast in the UK.

The companies have received a preferred bidder status in deals worth over GBP 7 million (USD 9.2m/EUR 7.8m), according to a news release on the project’s website. More specifically, Ipswich-based R G Carter will construct the O&M base, Jackson Civil Engineering Group will be in charge of building the access road, while Farrans Construction has been selected to fabricate and install the pontoon at the Harwich International Port.

https://renewablesnow.com/news/uk-firms-to-build-om-base-for-galloper-offshore-wind-farm-577929/

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Three UK companies have been selected to construct the operations and maintenance (O&M) base and related infrastructure for the 336-MW Galloper offshore wind farm off the Suffolk coast in the UK.

The companies have received a preferred bidder status in deals worth over GBP 7 million (USD 9.2m/EUR 7.8m), according to a news release on the project’s website. More specifically, Ipswich-based R G Carter will construct the O&M base, Jackson Civil Engineering Group will be in charge of building the access road, while Farrans Construction has been selected to fabricate and install the pontoon at the Harwich International Port.

https://renewablesnow.com/news/uk-firms-to-build-om-base-for-galloper-offshore-wind-farm-577929/

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A new flagship European project funded by the Horizon 2020 Programme under the topic LCE-13-2016, ROMEO (Reliable O&M decision tools and strategies for high LCoE reduction on Offshore wind), is seeking to reduce offshore O&M costs through the development of advanced monitoring systems and strategies, aiming to move from corrective and calendar based maintenance to a condition based maintenance, through analysing the real behaviour of the main components of wind turbines (WTGs).
Read more at: http://www.energyharvestingjournal.com/articles/11209/romeo-project-reducing-cost-for-offshore-wind-farm-operators

http://www.energyharvestingjournal.com/articles/11209/romeo-project-reducing-cost-for-offshore-wind-farm-operators

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Remote controlled vehicles have long been used offshore – now scientists are looking at their potential in the offshore wind industry, as Andrew Williams explains

In early February, a UK research consortium announced that it had been awarded a £4 million grant to create remote inspection and repair technologies using robotics and autonomous systems. So, what exactly will the project entail? What robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) technologies might be developed? And what are the potential applications in the offshore wind energy sector?

http://www.owjonline.com/news/view,research-team-to-develop-remote-inspection-and-repair-technology-for-offshore-windfarms_47165.htm

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The first use of a new offshore innovation by Ampelmann and Siem Offshore Contractors delivered major operational efficiencies on Germany’s first commercial offshore windfarm. Ampelmann’s E1000 motion compensated access system, with a gangway which transforms into a crane boom, performed over 12,000 people transfers and 7,000 cargo transfers safely between an offshore support vessel and the wind turbines over a ten month period. The increase in operational man-hours on the maintenance programme for the windfarm has resulted in a contract extension for Ampelmann by Siem Offshore Contractors.

http://www.offshorewindindustry.com/news/smart-innovation-increases-operational

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