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    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

    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
  • science & technology

    Ro/Ro-loading of Rentel wind turbine nacelles

    Siemens Gamesa has been able to transfer its new logistics concept, announced in 2015 into reality. By using a Ro/Ro solution the company expects to save about 20 % in costs and increase safety at the same time. Read more

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    LiDAR buoy measures “Firth of Forth” wind farm area

    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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    Prysmian to add offshore cable capabilities to UK factory

    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

    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

    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

    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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    FORESEA supports 15 offshore renewable energy technologies

    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 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 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.

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  • logistics & operations

    SOV Windea Leibniz commences service at Sandbank offshore wind farm

    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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