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  • politics & business

    MHI Vestas expands manufacturing facility at Port of Esbjerg

    MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is constructing a PCM assembly facility at the Port of Esbjerg (Photo: MHI Vestas)

    Construction of a 5,600 square meter facility at the Port of Esbjerg is underway to house manufacturing of power converter modules (PCM) exclusively for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.

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  • science & technology

    New crane type for offshore turbine maintenance

    The boom of Huisman’s new crane is foldable and requires less deck space in storage position. (Photo: Huisman)

    Huisman, specialist in lifting, drilling and subsea solutions, has developed the Foldable Offshore Crane, an extremely lightweight crane for the maintenance of offshore wind turbines.

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  • logistics & operations

    Third vessel for Innoven Marine Service

    The “Lev Twister” is a dynamic positioning vessel of 75 m. Photo: Christian Eckardt, Maritim Publication / Innoven

    With take-over of the „Lev Twister“, Innoven Marine Service, based in Bremerhaven, Germany, took a third vessel under its management, which broadens the service portfolio of the shipping company.

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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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