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Offshore wind power ‘could be a bonanza’ for UK

The UK generates more electricity from offshore wind than any other country in the world with around 5% of our annual electrical energy coming from the sector. This is expected to grow to 10% by 2020. Wind power is also a fundamental part of the Government’s decarbonisation targets. Windfarm electricity capacity will rise from 5 … Continue reading Offshore wind power ‘could be a bonanza’ for UK

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Rapid construction progress on Arkona offshore wind energy project in the Baltic Sea

The Arkona offshore wind project is growing significantly faster than expected. All 60 foundations have been installed in the seabed of the Baltic Sea ahead of schedule. The short installation time of about two and a half months is exceptional, as the sea bed of the Baltic Sea is considered to be particularly challenging due … Continue reading Rapid construction progress on Arkona offshore wind energy project in the Baltic Sea

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Rovco wins three-year Gwynt y Môr wind farm contract

UK subsea company Rovco has been awarded a three-year contract to support one of the world’s largest offshore windfarms, Gwynt y Môr, which lies eight miles off the coast of North Wales in the UK. Rovco will be providing its ground breaking underwater ROV 3D visual survey solution, alongside traditional video, blueview sonar and cathodic … Continue reading Rovco wins three-year Gwynt y Môr wind farm contract

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Teesside business secures contracts in offshore wind energy

North East fabrication and engineering powerhouse – Francis Brown – is making its mark in the global offshore wind sector following a series of prestigious contract wins. Based in Stockton on Tees, the company has successfully secured contracts with major fabrication specialist BiFab to deliver Boat Landing Access Equipment and global supplier of subsea equipment … Continue reading Teesside business secures contracts in offshore wind energy

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Science Day paves the way for future research into effect of offshore wind energy structures on the North Sea

The Royal Society played host to a Science Day this week for eighty researchers, academics and industry representatives who gathered to hear the latest research findings from UK and European institutions on the influence of man-made structures on the marine environment. The studies constitute the culmination of the first phase of the INSITE Programme, the … Continue reading Science Day paves the way for future research into effect of offshore wind energy structures on the North Sea

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Ørsted divests 50% of Walney Extension offshore wind farm

Ørsted (the former DONG Energy) has signed an agreement to sell 50% of Walney Extension, a 659 megawatt (MW) UK offshore wind farm project to a consortium consisting of PKA and PFA, two leading Danish pension funds. Each investor will obtain a 25% ownership interest in the project. Walney Extension, which is currently under construction, … Continue reading Ørsted divests 50% of Walney Extension offshore wind farm

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US and Denmark to work on offshore wind energy expansion

Offshore wind power is only now getting off the ground in the US, whereas in Europe the sector is well established, with Denmark as a leader. Now the two nations have agreed to expand their co-operation to help expand offshore wind capacity. The push comes despite US President Donald Trump’s reluctance regarding renewable energy – … Continue reading US and Denmark to work on offshore wind energy expansion

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Belgian offshore wind power costs fall to €79/MWh as 716MW finalised

The Belgian government reached an agreement on Friday with the developers of three offshore wind farms for a subsidy rate €79/MWh. The three wind farms, known as Mermaid, Northwester II and Seastar, have combined capacity of 716MW and are due to be built between 2018 and 2020, according to the Belgian energy ministry. The projects … Continue reading Belgian offshore wind power costs fall to €79/MWh as 716MW finalised

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Iberdrola successfully installs all 70 wind turbines at Wikinger offshore wind farm (Germany)

Iberdrola has successfully installed the 70 wind turbines comprising Wikinger offshore wind farm, the renewable infrastructure which the company is building in German waters of the Baltic Sea.   It is a new and significant milestone for Iberdrola as it enters the final phase for the plant’s commissioning, having completed the installation of the offshore … Continue reading Iberdrola successfully installs all 70 wind turbines at Wikinger offshore wind farm (Germany)

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US offshore wind power momentum sparks competition among state leaders, businesses

Close to 1,000 business leaders, academics, environmental specialists, and high-ranking officials from around the world gathered in New York this week for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Offshore WINDPOWER Conference. The conference comes at a time when the offshore wind industry is gaining traction in the U.S., fueled by the desire of many states … Continue reading US offshore wind power momentum sparks competition among state leaders, businesses

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Belfast workers up-skill to prepare for major new wind power project

Industrial training specialist, AIS Training is helping construction workers from Northern Ireland upskill to prepare for lucrative new wind contracts in Belfast. Four Belfast-workers from specialist offshore recruitment company, Orion Engineering, successfully achieved their offshore petroleum industry training organisation (OPITO) Rigger Stage 1 qualification at AIS Training’s 20-acre industrial training village in North Tyneside. Orion … Continue reading Belfast workers up-skill to prepare for major new wind power project

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Statoil names New York offshore wind energy project “Empire Wind”

Empire Wind is the project name selected by Statoil for the company’s offshore wind site located off the southern coast of Long Island, New York. The 79,350 acre site, secured by Statoil in a federal auction in December 2016, has the potential to generate up to 1GW of offshore wind power, making it a key … Continue reading Statoil names New York offshore wind energy project “Empire Wind”

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On Block Island, offshore wind energy ushers in a new time

Molly Seltzer is a George Washington University Shapiro Traveling Fellow. Her photojournalistic project, Electric America, documents the American energy landscape. Life on Block Island runs a couple of minutes slower than on the mainland. But “island time” does not refer to the leisurely pace of the island lifestyle, but rather to the quality of the … Continue reading On Block Island, offshore wind energy ushers in a new time

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Iberdrola, leader in offshore wind power with 8 GW

Thanks to this approval, the company will be able to build in English waters a megaproject of renewable energy, the most ambitious to date by a Spanish company in the renewable energy sector. This new marine wind farm joins the one that already develops Iberdrola in the same area, denominated East Anglia One, of 714 … Continue reading Iberdrola, leader in offshore wind power with 8 GW

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Vattenfall begins building largest offshore wind farm in Denmark

Vattenfall said on Friday it had started construction on Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm in the North Sea, able to power 425,000 households. The 406 MW Horns Rev 3 wind farm will consist of 49 8.3 MW-turbines delivered by MHI Vestas, a joint venture between Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. “Horns Rev 3 is the … Continue reading Vattenfall begins building largest offshore wind farm in Denmark

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A breakthrough for offshore wind energy: world’s first floating wind farm opens in Scotland

The world’s first floating offshore wind farm was officially opened today in Scotland. Statoil has installed a 30 MW wind farm of the North East coast of Scotland. It comprises five 6 MW Siemens turbines installed on floating structures at Buchan Deep, 25 km off Peterhead. The “Hywind Scotland” wind farm is expected to power … Continue reading A breakthrough for offshore wind energy: world’s first floating wind farm opens in Scotland

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World’s first floating wind farm starts production

Hywind Scotland, the first floating wind farm in the world, has started to deliver electricity to the Scottish grid. Today, 18th October 2017, the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, officially opens the wind farm. The 30MW wind farm, operated by Statoil in partnership with Masdar, is located 25 kilometers offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland … Continue reading World’s first floating wind farm starts production

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The world’s first floating wind farm is being opened

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will officially open the Hywind project about 15 miles (25km) off the shore of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, which could provide power for 20,000 homes.   The project has been developed by Norwegian state energy company Statoil – although Ms Sturgeon stressed Scottish firms had been involved in the work. Floating turbines have … Continue reading The world’s first floating wind farm is being opened

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Fish feeding frenzy at Block Island wind farm

A few weeks ago, we reported on recent findings that offshore wind turbines create new habitats for fish and other marine life by acting as artificial reefs. And these are big homes– a single wind turbine can support up to four metric tons of shellfish. Now we have photo evidence of the phenomenon. Last week, … Continue reading Fish feeding frenzy at Block Island wind farm

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Fugro boosts offshore wind energy projects in Taiwan

Global experience at over 100 offshore wind farms has led to involvement for Fugro in the emerging offshore wind farm market in Taiwan. Complementing its 30 years of experience offshore Taiwan, Fugro has completed geotechnical and geophysical surveys for feasibility studies, installation, commissioning and cost-effective operation of offshore wind farms in UK, European and North … Continue reading Fugro boosts offshore wind energy projects in Taiwan

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