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  • logistics & operations

    Safeway reaches record transfer speeds at latest offshore wind charter

    As from early October last year the Safeway motion compensated offshore access system of the Dutch Van Aalst Group is installed on the 95-metre long OCV ‘Olympic Intervention IV’, owned by Olympic Subsea ASA, Norway. Without any significant downtime, the 28 m long walk-to-work Seagull-type has safely transferred workers and their tools at a high pace from the ‘Olympic Intervention IV’ to offshore wind turbines of Adwen, part of Siemens. Read more
  • project update

    World's most powerful commercial wind turbine successfully installed

    A hat-trick of offshore wind industry firsts has been achieved within a fortnight in North-east Scotland after the world’s most powerful single turbine was successfully installed on April 9th for Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC). The turbine is the first of 11 to be deployed at the facility in Aberdeen Bay. Two turbines will have a capacity of 8.8 MW, the other nine will have a capacity of 8.4 MW Read more
  • science & technology

    First of gigantic suction bucket jacket foundations installed for Vattenfall’s EOWDC

    The 25,000 tonne Asian Hercules III installs the first suction bucket jacket foundation for the EOWDC, off Aberdeen Bay. (Photo: Vattenfall)
    North-east Scotland has marked a UK offshore wind first following the successful installation of the first pioneering suction bucket jacket foundation for Vattenfall’s 11-turbine European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in just 15 hours. The EOWDC in Aberdeen Bay is the first offshore wind project to deploy the foundations at commercial scale with each of the 11 steel jacket foundations weighing in at almost ten Boeing 747s. Read more

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  • logistics & operations, politics & business

    Wind energy hub planned for the North Sea

    This aritficial could be a very efficient and affordable way for the countries around the North Sea to meet the future demand for more renewable energy. (Graphic: TenneT)

    The transmission system operators TenneT and Energinet.dk have initiated a futuristic project to create an artificial island in the North Sea to inexpensively distribute electricity from offshore wind farms.

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  • logistics & operations

    LiDAR buoy measures “Firth of Forth” wind farm area

    Transportation of the LiDAR buoy to the offshore site (Photo: Seagreen Wind Energy Ltd.)

    Fraunhofer IWES has been measuring wind conditions in the “Firth of Forth” wind farm area off the east coast of Scotland with its LiDAR wind buoy for a number of weeks now. The meteorological data provided by a floating LiDAR are essential for the successful planning of a wind farm.

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  • logistics & operations

    Prysmian to add offshore cable capabilities to UK factory

    Prysmian’s UK production facility is now capable of manufacturing both 33 kV and 66 kV submarine cable cores to support the increased demand for UK and European offshore wind farms. (Photo: Prysmian Group)

    Prysmian Group announces the capability of its UK production facility in Wrexham to manufacture both 33 kV and 66 kV submarine cable cores used for the inter-array cable connections in offshore wind farms.

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  • politics & business

    Germany: Offshore wind farms with extremely low subsidies

    EnBW's Baltic Sea wind farm Baltic 2 consists of 80 turbines. The company is planning to build and begin operating the wind farm He Dreiht by 2025 without EEG subsidies. (Photo: EnBW)

    The eagerly awaited results of the first auction for offshore wind farms in Germany are in. The average subsidy was only 0.44 cents/kWh. But there were also successful bids for 0.0 cents as well as 6 cents/kWh, which is still low from today's point of view. Successful bidders include Dong and EnBW.

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  • politics & business

    Offshore industry calls for higher installation targets

    Panel discussion at the 14th Hamburg Offshore Wind Conference: How many new installations does the offshore industry need to stay afloat? (Photo: DNV-GL)

    The offshore wind industry is warning of a break in the further development of technology if current expansion targets are not revised upwards significantly. At the 14th Hamburg Offshore Wind Conference in early April, industry representatives issued a warning that the slow progress of grid development would limit expansion targets. Current targets, they cautioned, would neither fulfil obligations under the latest climate agreement, nor ensure continuity in the development of the technology and future cost reductions.

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  • science & technology

    AD 8-180 prototype on final stretch

    The first three sections of the tower have been installed, including the power section. The fourth will be installed in the coming days. (Photo: Adwen)

    Adwen continues the development of its 8MW platform and has entered the final stages in the installation of the AD 8-180 prototype in Bremerhaven (Germany). After the foundation and the first three segments, including the power section, have been installed earlier this year, the fourth element is expected to be installed in the coming days. The fifth and final section will be installed at the same time as the nacelle. The world’s longest blades are already stored on the site ready to be lifted.

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  • science & technology

    FORESEA supports 15 offshore renewable energy technologies

    The FORESEA award enables developers to improve their renewable energy technologies and test it in real life conditions. (Graphic: Tocardo)

    The FORESEA programme has awarded “recommendations for support” to 15 offshore renewable energy technologies following its second call for applications. The awards will provide a real boost to technology developers by allowing them to test their technologies on the open sea, attract further investment, and move further along the path to commercialisation.

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  • project update

    Two new inter-array projects for Prysmian

    Prysmian will supply the 33 kV submarine inter-array cables for Merkur and Horns Rev 3 offshore wind farms. (Photo: Prysmian Group)

    Prysmian Group, specialist in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, has been awarded two new contracts for offshore wind farms in Germany (Merkur OWF) and Denmark (Horns Rev 3 OWF).

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  • project update

    First turbine successfully installed at Nordsee One

    Installation of first Senvion turbine at Nordsee One was completed according to schedule. (Photo: innogy SE)

    Installation of the 54 Senvion 6 MW wind turbines that will comprise the Nordsee One Offshore Wind Farm has commenced at the base port in Eemshaven.

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  • logistics & operations

    Schmidbauer handles heavy load logistics for Walney Extension wind farm

    The internationally operating Schmidbauer Group, an expert for heavy-lifting equipment, was awarded by Van Oord Offshore Wind Projects to handle the heavy load logistics for the world’s largest offshore wind park Walney Extension in the UK.

    The internationally operating Schmidbauer Group, an expert for heavy-lifting equipment, was awarded by Van Oord Offshore Wind Projects to handle the heavy load logistics for the world’s largest offshore wind park Walney Extension in the UK.

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