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    Study: offshore wind parks deliver reliable power

    Study: offshore wind parks deliver reliable power (photo: Stiftung OFFSHORE WINDENERGIE)
    A recent study by German research institution Fraunhofer IWES concludes that the availability of offshore wind turbines has increased compared to the results of a previous study from 2013. Read more
  • science & technology

    Holistic offshore wind farm control strategies to be put to the test

    Different methods of control will be used to optimise power production for the whole wind farm (photo: Vattenfall / CC BY-ND)
    The Carbon Trust has launched a new multimillion euro project as part of its Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme to investigate best use of Wind Farm Controls to maximise energy production from offshore wind farms whilst reducing turbine loads. Read more
  • science & technology

    Pipes don't come much bigger!

    At Sif, half-shells are longitudinally welded to produce shell sections of a maximum weight of 70 tonnes (photo: Dillinger)
    The challenges faced by the offshore industry are typified by extreme working locations subject to low temperatures and enormous mechanical and dynamic loads. The demands made on the design and materials selected for drilling rigs and wind turbines are also correspondingly high. Read more

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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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    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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    SOV Windea Leibniz commences service at Sandbank offshore wind farm

    Length 88 m, beam 18 m, speed 13.5 knots: The SOV Windea Leibniz from Ulstein Verft will work at the Sandbank wind farm. (Photo: Ulstein Group / Eide Studio)

    The Windea Leibniz wind farm service vessel was delivered on-time from Ulstein Verft to Bernhard Schulte Offshore and ICBC Leasing and named at a ceremony in Ulsteinvik. The vessel will shortly commence service at the Sandbank offshore wind farm for Siemens.

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  • politics & business

    MHI Vestas creates more than 400 new jobs in Denmark

    MHI Vestas brings over 400 manufacturing jobs for highly skilled employees to rural Denmark. (Photo: MHI Vestas)

    After recently recruiting over 100 manufacturing jobs in the UK, MHI Vestas is turning its attention to manufacturing sites at Lindø and Nakskov, and is now recruiting 414 additional employees at the company’s Danish nacelle and blade factories.

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