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Amprion Sets Out North Sea Offshore Wind Grid Vision

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German power grid company Amprion on Wednesday unveiled long-term plans for joint European offshore wind links in the North Sea and announced a trebling of spending in the next 10 years.Amprion, with 11,000 kilometers of high voltage transmission lines in western Germany, is the second biggest of four regulated operators of grids criss-crossing the country and offshore, which fund themselves via consumer fees."If we want to have a climate-neutral energy system by 2050, we have to start developing it today," Chief Executive…

European Energy Wins Approvals for Two Offshore Wind Farms in Denmark

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Renewables developer European Energy A/S has received the approval of its environmental impact assessments (EIA) for two of its offshore wind projects, Omø South and Jammerland Bay in Denmark. European Energy started developing the projects back in 2012 through the so-called open door procedure. The two offshore wind projects are expected to enter into operation in 2023. They have a total capacity of 560 MW.According to the company the two offshore wind developments will create 60-80 permanent jobs and 3,000-5,000 jobs during the construction phase.Knud Erik Andersen…

Denmark Proposes Two Giant Wind Energy Islands

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Denmark on Wednesday proposed a more than tripling of its offshore wind capacity by building two energy islands linked to new wind farms in the Baltic and North seas to help to meet climate change targets.The energy islands are an important part of the Social Democratic government's climate action plan which was presented on Wednesday but still needs to be ratified in parliament.Climate and Energy Minister Dan Jorgensen said the cost would amount to a three-digit billion crowns figure (100 billion crowns equals $14.7 billion).

Denmark, Vietnam Talk Offshore Wind Expansion

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Denmark and Vietnam are working on finding ways to further boost Vietnam's offshore wind development, which according to the Danish Energy Agency, has a potential of 160 GW offshore wind. As part of the effort, the Danish Energy Agency and the Vietnamese Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority are preparing an Input to Roadmap report for offshore wind development in Vietnam. The Danish Energy Agency and Vietnamese authorities on Tuesday organized a webinar to discuss the most important governmental steps to move the expansion of offshore wind forward.

Vattenfall Taps NGI for Kriegers Flak Wind Farm Monitoring

Van Oord's Svanen heavy-lift vessel - Credit: Van Oord

Swedish wind farm development company Vattenfall has hired Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) to provide monitoring services for the Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm being built in the Baltic Sea, offshore Denmark.NGI will provide design, production, and installation of instrumentation for two offshore wind turbines, monitoring the Mono Pile (MP) foundation and Transition Piece (TP). "The instrumentation system supplied by NGI will provide data to fully monitor the structures during operation after installation. The recorded data will be transmitted to shore at given intervals for further analysis.

First Foundation Installed for Kriegers Flak Offshore Wind Farm

Van Oord's Svanen vessel - Credit: Van Oord

Following the arrival of Van Oord's Svanen heavy-lift vessel at the Kriegers Flak Offshore Wind Farm location offshore Denmark earlier this week, the first foundation has now been placed on the seabed, Vattenfall, the operator of what will be Denmark's largest offshore wind farm, said Friday."The foundation represents the first visual offshore part of the wind farm itself. It’s a milestone in the development of this great project and Vattenfall’s journey towards enabling fossil-free living”, says Catrin Jung, Head of Offshore Wind…

PHOTO: Van Oord's Heavy Lift Vessel Reaches Kriegers Flak Offshore Wind Farm

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Van Oord’s heavy lift vessel Svanen has arrived at the Danish Kriegers Flak Offshore Wind field in the Baltic Sea off Denmark, where it will install foundations for wind turbines.The Dutch offshore contractor entered into an agreement with Vattenfall for the transport and installation of the foundations for Kriegers Flak wind farm. Van Oord will install the 72 monopiles and transition pieces. With a production capacity of just over 600 MW, Kriegers Flak will be Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm and is scheduled to be fully…

Denmark's Vestas Breaks Wind Turbine Installation Record, Woodmac Says

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Danish wind farm turbine builder Vestas became the first wind turbine manufacturer to install more than 10 GW of wind capacity in a single year (2019), according to new analysis from Wood Mackenzie.The Danish OEM’s grid-connected capacity of 11.3 GW in 2019 is an increase of 1.5 GW on 2018, with installations completed in over 35 markets. The company’s installations in the Americas region contributed more than 50% of capacity for the first time. This was driven by the US, Mexico, and Argentina.Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) climbed to the second position according to Wood Mackenzie’s research…

Technology: Greenhouse Gas Emission Capture and Storage to the Fore

Hydrate crusts formed within ocean floor sediments ensure the encapsulation and safe and effective containment of captured CO2. Image: MDC

Greenhouse gas emissions capture and storage may be a more practical alternative to emissions reduction for meeting the IMO’s 2050 CO2 target. Tom Mulligan reports.Shipping emits close to 1 billion tons of CO2 each year and the shipping industry needs carbon-free solutions to achieve the IMO’s 2050 target of a 50 percent reduction, compared to the 2008 level, in these massive emissions. However, according to Denmark’s Maritime Development Center, while better technical and operational solutions must continue to be pursued,…

Danish Base for German Offshore Wind Farm Service Workers

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EnBW Baltic 2 one of Germany’s largest offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea will soon be serviced from the Danish port of Klintholm on the island of Møn, EnBW said Tuesday. The company has so far had its service team of up to 25 people travel from Rostock to a hotel vessel close to the EnBW Baltic 2 offshore wind farm. A hotel and a service building are now being constructed in Klintholm [Denmark], from where the EnBW workers will be ferried to the wind farm in the mornings and evenings during their two-week duty roster. The hotel to accommodate the service team is scheduled to open in August.

Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Turbine Components En Route to U.S.

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Dominion Energy and Ørsted have said that the turbine components and monopiles for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project have started their journey to North America. The foundations, consisting of the turbines' monopiles, transition pieces and anode cages fabricated by EEW SPC, have been loaded onto the Bigroll Beaufort cargo ship in Rostock, Germany. The components for the two, 6-megawatt Siemens Gamesa turbines were loaded in Esbjerg, Denmark, before the vessel embarked in mid-April on the approximately two-week transatlantic journey to Halifax…

MHI Vestas Eyes Further Asia Pacific Growth. Appoints Regional Manager

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Offshore wind turbine specialist MHI Vestas has appointed Masato Yamada as Regional Manager Asia Pacific to facilitate broader growth across the region.The company, a joint venture between Denmark's Vestas and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, said Wednesday Yamada would oversee the company’s growth across the Asia Pacific region. He was formerly the company’s Chief Strategy Officer based in Aarhus, Denmark, and will now be based in MHI Vestas’ Tokyo office."Mr. Yamada has been with MHI Vestas since the formation of the joint venture between the two parent companies (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Vestas)…

Ramboll to Design Foundations for Japan Offshore Wind Farm

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Danish engineering company Ramboll has signed a contract with Japanese construction company Obayashi Corporation for the design of offshore wind farm foundations.“There is a giant potential for Ramboll in Japan. At the same time, however, the geographic location is very challenging for offshore wind turbines. The area has a reputation for both earthquakes and typhoons, which require certain foundation design standards to withstand the giant forces of nature”, says Søren Juel Petersen, Global Market Director for Offshore Wind in Ramboll.According to Ramboll, Japan has offshore wind turbines with an output of 65 MW installed.

RWE Sanctions 342 MW Offshore Wind Farm Project

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RWE, Europe's third-largest renewables group, has taken a final investment decision for a 342 megawatt wind project off the German coast, its green energy unit said on Friday.Contracts worth more than 500 million euros ($539 million) have been signed for all major components of the Kaskasi project, 35 miles (56km) north of the German island Heligoland, Innogy, whose renewables business is part of RWE, said."Our investment in this project underlines our ambitions to further grow in offshore wind in Europe and around the globe…

EU Funds Floating Wind Turbine Project in Norway

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The European Union has granted funds to an international consortium led by Spain's Iberdrola, to install and test a floating wind turbine in Norway.Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster said earlier this week that the EU had granted NOK 290 million (~$27,79 million) for the design, construction, installation, and operation of a floating offshore wind turbine at the test center at Karmøy.This will be the first time a 10 MW wind turbine is used on a floating foundation, Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster said.The consortium, led by Spanish Iberdrola, consists of companies and institutions from Norway (Dr. techn.

RWE Enters Taiwanese Offshore Wind Market

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RWE, Europe's third-largest renewables group, is partnering with Taiwan's Asia Cement Corp to enter one of the strongest-growing offshore wind markets outside Europe, its renewable arm said on Thursday.The partnership is for the Chu Feng offshore wind project, which intends to participate in the next grid allocation round in Taiwan's offshore auction, Innogy, whose renewable activities are part of RWE, said in a statement.The project has a planned installed capacity of up to 448 megawatts (MW) and, if realized, will be located off the northwest coast near Hsinchu City in the Taiwan Strait.Apart from the United States…

FairWind Completes 59 Transition Pieces for Borssele 1+2 OWF

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Wind industry solutions provider FairWind has completed its largest electrical and high voltage project in company history, completing 59 transition pieces (TP’s) for client Bladt.The TP segments were assembled in Aalborg harbor in Denmark, to be installed at Borssele 1+2 offshore wind farm. Transition Pieces are used to connect the monopile and the tower of an offshore wind turbine.The 752MW wind farm is being constructed in the southern part of the Dutch sea towards the Belgian border. The project will comprise of 94 Siemens Gamesa Renewables 8.0-167 type turbines.FairWind said the project for Bladt was notable for several reasons.

Offshore Wind Hits 22GW for Europe

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Europe has expanded its offshore leadership by adding 3.6 gigawatt (GW) of new commissioned capacity in 2019, bringing the total offshore wind installed capacity at the end of 2019 to above 22GW.According to the recent report of GlobalData, spreading across 12 European countries, the UK holds the largest share with 9.9GW of capacity, representing around 45% of the cumulative installed offshore wind capacity in Europe, followed by Germany with 7.6GW (34%), and Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands representing 7.7%, 7.1% and…

Financial Close for Taiwanese OWF

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Denmark-based fund management company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has reached financial close on the 589MW offshore wind project (OWF), Changfang and Xidao project off the coast of Changhua County, Taiwan.CIP has reached financial close and start of construction of the Changfang and Xidao project. The project has contracted experienced international and local contractors under 8 key construction agreements.The project received approval of its local content plan in December 2019 by the Taiwan government and is the…

Global Wind Capacity to Reach 626 GW

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The global wind power industry is expected to install more than 626,800 MW of new capacity over the next decade, said a report.According to a report from Navigant Research, this new capacity represents a market worth more than $92 billion in 2019 and more than $1 trillion over the forecast decade.According to the report, global offshore wind development is expected to experience a 16% compound annual growth rate over a 10-year forecast period.China, Taiwan, and Europe are the leading markets, with the US soon to join when the…