• Flexible high-tech buoys

    The investors in offshore wind ­energy projects expect to get a ­respectable yield for their money, which means: plenty of wind. ­Measurement masts and the data they produce are ­intended to convince the capital ­providers to invest. Measurement ­buoys can do the same at a lower cost.

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  • Always check the small print

    Due diligence checks on a project are a complex matter. Some of the issues concerned include land ownership and the ­associated law governing ownership.

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  • New rotor control system for higher wind turbine yield

    The Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and wind turbine manufacturer XEMC-Darwind have developed a new control system for wind turbines, which makes it possible to build larger wind turbines that produce up to 13 % more energy.

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  • Piggyback around the world

    Between well-rehearsed routine work and visual superlatives: Logistics ­experts are proficient at handling the extremely demanding components for offshore farms. While many parts are picked almost noiselessly from the quaysides, some transports can be a nail-biting experience.

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  • Rust under control

    Offshore wind turbines are designed to produce electricity in a harsh marine environment for 20 to 25 years. The specialists have the corrosion caused by the aggressive seawater largely under control, as the coating system of the world’s most powerful offshore turbine, the V164-8 from Vestas,... read more

  • Swimming certificate awarded

    Finally out of the exotic niche – the standard that Det Norske Veritas has developed for floating wind power turbines has 123 pages. OWI presents the most important points.

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  • “We need a sense of pride”

    OFFSHORE WIND INDUSTRY talked to Nick Medic, Director of Offshore ­Renewables at RenewableUK, the British trade association for wind and marine energy.

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  • Staying flexible

    In normal everyday life things run smoothly. You can sit back and relax while things take their course as if on their own. There is less excitement, but this can happily be accepted if it means that things work as they should.

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  • Installation of the turbines for Global Tech 1 is complete

    The last rotor has been installed at Global Tech 1, which means that all 80 wind turbines at the wind farm have now been successfully completed. Cable work is currently still being carried out.

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  • Vibration instead of ramming

    The offshore wind industry is pinning big hopes on a new vibration process. It is designed to drive piles into the ­seabed faster, cheaper, and more carefully. ­Practical testing has been promising.

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