Wednesday, October 23, 2019

WFW Advises on Race Bank Wind Farm Deal

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Watson Farley & Williams (WFW), an international law firm based in London, said that it has advised Race Bank Wind Farm Limited on its USD 608 million sale of transmission system assets relating to the 573 MW Race Bank offshore wind farm to Diamond Transmission Partners.Race Bank is a joint venture owned by Ørsted (50%), Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 (25%), a fund established by Sumitomo Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Development Bank of Japan (12.5%)…

New Offshore Wind Launch Academy in UK

A Catapult engineer with ATAM Group's MagTrack robotic crawler. Photo: ORE Catapult

Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, the UK's flagship technology innovation and research center for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy, has launched a new industry-backed national technology accelerator program.The program is designed to support innovative SMEs to commercialize new technologies that will enhance the UK’s offshore wind supply chain, enabling greater UK content, whilst supporting cost reduction.The Launch Academy initiative will focus on near-to-market solutions and is supported by eight industrial and business support specialists including Red Rock Power…

Offshore Wind & Politics: Bernie Sanders

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Offshore wind is hot, and so too is the race to win the Democratic presidential candidate nomination for the 2020 U.S. presidential election. In its October 2019 edition of Marine Technology Reporter, government reporter Tom Ewing takes a closer look at each of the Dem candidates to give insight and overview on their policies and their potential impact on the offshore wind industry.Ten candidates in ten days: Today we take a closer look at Bernie Sanders:Opening statement:“The climate crisis is not only the single greatest challenge facing our country…

ORCA Hub Readies Drones for Offshore Energy

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A consortium of five universities, including Heriot-Watt University, working with 35 industrial and innovation partners, has unveiled the latest results from its research collaboration.The largest academic center in the world for research into robotics technology for offshore energy infrastructure, the ORCA Hub’s aim is to advance robotics and Artificial Intelligence technologies for the inspection, repair, maintenance and certification of offshore energy platforms and assets.Creating solutions to some of the most challenging…

First WindFloat Atlantic Unit Sets Sail

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The first of the three floating platforms for the 25-MW WindFloat Atlantic project has sailed from Spain carrying a fully installed turbine to a location 20 kilometers (12.43 miles) off the coast of Viana do Castelo, Portugal.Once at the final location, the three floating structures – stretching 30 meters in height and with a distance between each one of their columns of 50 meters – will be installed to form the first floating wind farm in continental Europe.The structure that has set off from the outer harbour of Ferrol comprises a floating platform and a wind turbine…

Siemens Gamesa Buys Senvion Wind Biz

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German-Spanish  wind turbine manufacturing giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has agreed a $225m deal to buy 8.9GW of the European onshore service business of embattled Germany-based rival Senvion along with its smaller rival’s blade factory in Portugal.Senvion´s European service assets will strengthen Siemens Gamesa´s capacity and potential in an important segment. The acquisition of a Service fleet of 8.9GW from Senvion will take Siemens Gamesa to a total of nearly 69GW under maintenance…

Renewable Power Capacity to Rise 50% in Five Years

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Global renewable energy capacity is set to rise by 50% in five years' time, driven by solar photovoltaic (PV) installations on homes, buildings and industry, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).Total renewable-based power capacity will rise by 1.2 terawatts (TW) by 2024 from 2.5 TW last year, equivalent to the total installed current power capacity of the United States.Solar PV will account for nearly 60% of this growth and onshore wind 25%, the IEA's annual report on global renewables showed.The share of renewables in power generation is expected to rise to 30% in 2024 fro

Green Shipping Fuels of the Future

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Ammonia and hydrogen are promising potential fuels of the future in a de-carbonized shipping industry, which has to switch to alternative, zero carbon fuels in order to meet the targets set out in the initial  International Maritime Organization (IMO) strategy on reduction of GHG emissions from ships, an IMO symposium on sulfur 2020 and alternative fuels heard on Friday (18 October).Setting the scene, IMO's Edmund Hughes said the initial GHG strategy, adopted in 2018, had sent a clear signal that shipping will need to adapt.

Jutal Offshore Wins Contracts Worth $490m

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Chinese oil and gas techincal services company Jutal Offshore Oil Services has announced that the company has obtained a slew of new contracts with total value of RMB3.5bn ($490mln).The number of new contracts include large-scale core modules construction of Arctic LNG 2 natural gas project, wind turbine jacket construction, and other offshore engineering and services said the company engaged in the fabrication of oil and gas facilities and oil and gas processing skid equipment business."Site construction of some large-scale construction projects have been gradually commenced…

SGRE Scores 360MW Chilean Wind Power Gigs

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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has signed three contracts to supply turbine orders worth 359MW to undisclosed customers in Chile.With the new orders, SGRE reached 640MW of turbine orders in Chile for its 2019 financial year, the best yet for the company in the country.The contracts bolster SGRE’s leadership position in the Chilean market, and the wind power generated by these turbines will provide enough clean, reliable and affordable electricity to cover the demand of over 900,000 people.

Offshore Wind Cable Market to Grow 57% by 2023

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The value of the global market for subsea power cables needed to build offshore wind farms will grow by 57% from GBP 717 million this year to over GBP 1.13 billion by 2023, according to a new report by RenewableUK.The study – 'Offshore Wind Cables Installation and Manufacturing Forecast 2019-2029' – also shows that subsea wires covering over 16,300km in length will be needed over the next five years to build new projects worldwide.According to RenewableUK’s Project Intelligence team which compiled the report…

Offshore Wind & Politics: Joe Biden

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Offshore wind is hot, and so too is the race to win the Democratic presidential candidate nomination for the 2020 U.S. presidential election. In its October 2019 edition of Marine Technology Reporter, government reporter Tom Ewing takes a closer look at each of the Dem candidates to give insight and overview on their policies and their potential impact on the offshore wind industry.

Dominion Gets BOEM Nod Virginia OWF

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American power and energy company  Dominion Energy has received two key determinations from the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regarding the design, fabrication and installation of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project.According to the US utility, BOEM issued a no objection determination on the Facility Design Report (FDR) and Fabrication and Installation Report (FIR) for the CVOW project - the first offshore wind farm in the mid-Atlantic.“This…

UK to Account for 35% Offshore Wind in Europe

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The UK will account for 35% of the growth in offshore wind over the next five years, followed by the Netherlands and Germany, said , according to WindEurope’s new ‘Wind Energy Outlook to 2023’.In the next five years 22 GW of wind energy capacity will reach the end of its normal operational life (20 years). Most of this will get a lifetime extension. Around 2 GW will be repowered.And another 2 GW will be fully decommissioned. Government policy and regulation is still not as supportive of repowering as it should be…

Ideol, Taisei Sign Floating Wind Deal in Japan

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French floating foundations specialist Ideol and Taisei Corp have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint development and promotion of concrete foundations for floating offshore wind in Japan using Ideol’s Damping Pool technology.Ideol is a player in floating offshore wind with precommercial- and commercial-scale projects under development globally and with operating units in France and Japan.Ideol is the only floating wind technology supplier benefiting from the return of experience from two floating wind turbines on 2 different continents…

Global Energy Takes Over Nigg Oil Terminal

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Global Energy Group has reached an agreement with Repsol Sinopec Resources UK to take over the long-term operation of the Nigg Oil Terminal jetty under a new lease with Crown Estates Scotland.Since cessation of production from the Beatrice oil field, Repsol Sinopec has been exploring reuse options for the facilities at Nigg Oil Terminal, including the jetty.Under the agreed deal, the jetty will be operated as an extension to the Port of Nigg which has already established itself as a leading deep-water port servicing oil and gas…

Hempel Promotes Wiese

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Martin Wiese has been appointed to lead the protective and industrial business areas for worldwide coatings manufacturer Hempel. These two business segments, which deliver around half of Hempel’s total turnover, cover oil and gas, wind power, infrastructure and thermal power.Wiese, who took the role as of October 1, has 20 years of experience in the coatings industry. He has held commercial positions with a global perspective based out of Denmark, France, The Netherlands and the UAE.

MOL Gets AIP for Wind Challenger Design

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Japan’s shipping major Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Oshima Shipbuilding have jointly obtained Approval in Principle (AIP) from Nippon Kaiji Kyokai  (ClassNK) for the design of a hard sail system.The system converts wind energy to propulsive force with telescopic hard sail, and is a fundamental technology of the "Wind Challenger Project"  that MOL and Oshima Shipbuilding are spearheading.Along with other participating organizations, MOL and Oshima Shipbuilding have played a central role in research and development on the Wind Challenger Project…

"Green" Ammonia's Future as a Marine Fuel

Longyearbyen is the largest town in Svalbard and may become one of the first large scale consumers of green hydrogen or ammonia produced from wind farms in Finnmark. Photo credit Visit Svalbard.

Ammonia, the same pungent solution used in fertilizers and cleaning agents, may one day be the key to transporting renewable energy around the world. There are currently a number of government and corporate projects assessing the feasibility of converting excess renewable energy from sources like wind, solar, tidal and nuclear into ammonia and then back into usable energy.In its purist form, ammonia or NH3 is composed of one nitrogen and three hydrogen atoms making it an ideal candidate to chemically bind excess renewable energy.

Europe Looks for Gas as Groningen Folds

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Europe’s energy landscape will be completely changed once the Dutch shut down the largest gas field on the continent years ahead of schedule, according to Rystad Energy.The Netherland recently announced that production at Groningen – Europe’s largest gas field – will be halted in 2022, eight years earlier than initially planned. However, despite the ambitious target of decommissioning the field by 2022, Rystad Energy expects that there could be some residual production from…

Mayflower Joins Connecticut Offshore Bids

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Mayflower Wind has submitted bids to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in response to Connecticut's Request for Proposals.Mayflower is a joint venture of Shell New Energies US LLC and EDPR Offshore North America LLC. It has submitted two proposals with the state, for an 800MW development and a 400 MW development.“Governor Lamont has outlined a vision for moving Connecticut toward a clean energy future, and we believe our proposal can play a role in advancing that vision in an affordable manner…

Vestas Wins 337 MW Wind Power Order in US

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Vestas, a sustainable energy solutions provider,  has received an order for 337 MW of V150-4.2 MW turbines and V136-3.45 turbines delivered in 3.7 MW Power Optimised Mode for a wind project in the U.S. The order takes Vestas’ announced order intake in US this year past 4.4 GW.The project was originally developed by Roaring Fork Wind, LLC a joint venture between RES (Renewable Energy Systems) and Steelhead Americas, Vestas’ development arm in North America, demonstrating Vestas’…

Van Dam Shipping Installs Wind Assisted Propulsion System

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The Netherlands-based Van Dam Shipping has signed a contract for the installation of wind assisted propulsion system on one of its cargo ships.The Ventifoil system, developed by Dutch based ship designer eConowind, scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2019, would be installed on the 3,600 dwt cargo vessel MV Ankie.For eConowind BV, located in Groningen, Netherlands, it is the first commercial order of their Ventifoil system which successfully completed sea test…

Siemens Gamesa to Lay Off Up to 600 Staff in Denmark

Wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa plans to lay off up to 600 staff in Denmark, the company said on Thursday."We regret having to say goodbye to good and valued colleagues," Andreas Nauen, head of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy in Denmark, said in a statement."These measures are needed to manage an increasingly competitive market in a responsible way," he said. (Reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; Editing by Jan Harvey)

CPIH, Equinor Team Up on Offshore Wind

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Chinese power giant China Power International Holding (CPIH) and Norwegian energy firm Equinor have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on offshore wind projects off China and Europe.“China is rapidly increasing its use of renewables and natural gas. The country is set to become the world’s biggest offshore wind market by 2030. As an offshore wind major, Equinor is excited to collaborate with CPIH to develop offshore wind” says executive vice president New Energy Solutions…

DNV GL Mulls Digitalization in Wind Energy

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Digitalization is already playing a major role in the growth of wind energy, but it can still drive further improvements in operational efficiency, decision making and cost efficiency – if it can overcome concerns around data sharing.According the report ‘Digitalization and the Future of the Wind Energy Industry’ published by DNV GL, iproving operational efficiency (identified by 52% of respondents), decision making (42%) and cost efficiency (40%) are top priorities for further…

Equinor to be ‘Offshore Wind Major’

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The multi-billion capital investment by Equinor at its new Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm will see it rival its major oil and gas projects, according to Rystad Energy."The offshore wind project Dogger Bank in the UK North Sea will not only be Equinor’s largest project through 2026, it will also rank as the sixth largest offshore development project in the world during this period," said the energy research firm.UK authorities announced on Friday that Equinor and joint venture partner SSE have been chosen to develop the world’s largest offshore wind farm…

GERE Goes Carbon Neutral

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GE Renewable Energy, the renewable energy arm of US industrial technology giant General Electric, announced its plan to make 100 percent of its operations carbon neutral by the end of 2020.GE Renewable Energy will reach carbon neutrality by reducing emissions through operational efficiencies, securing renewable electricity supply to all GE Renewable Energy sites throughout its operations for wind, offshore wind, hydropower, energy storage and grid businesses – and balancing remaining emissions with the purchase of carbon offsets to achieve a net-zero footprint.Jérôme Pécresse…

ERE Opens 104MW Windfarm in Serbia

(L to R): Gilad Yavetz, CEO, Director; Miroslav Boškovic, deputy provincial secretary for energy and construction; Milos Colic, CEO New Energy Solutions; Alexander Antic, Minister of Energy and Mining; Alona Fischer Kam, Israeli Ambassador in Serbia; Yair Serousi, Enlight Chairman; Zafrir Yoeli, VP Business Development; Amit Paz, VP Operations and Engineering. Photo: Enlight Renewable Energy

Israel-based renewable energy projects developer Enlight Renewable Energy (ERE) along with its Serbian partner New Energy Solutions has officially opened its Kovacica windfarm in Serbia.The opening ceremony of the Wind farm was held in the municipality of Kovacica in the presence of the Minister of Mining and Energy Aleksandar Antic, Alona Fisher-Kamm the Ambassador of  Israel, the Representatives of the owners,  ERE, and its Serbian partner, New Energy Solutions.Kovacica clean power plant operates with 38 installed wind turbines…

OGCI Invests in Wind Power for Ships

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OGCI Climate Investments has led an EUR 8 million investment round in Norsepower, along with current investors, to accelerate Norsepower’s growth on global markets.The investment enables Norsepower to scale up production at its manufacturing facilities as part of a next phase of commercialization triggered by demand for its renewable wind energy propulsion systems, said a press release from Norsepower Oy Ltd., the provider of low maintenance, software operated, data verified…

Equinor, SSE Win Contract for Largest Offshore Wind Project

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Equinor and Britain's SSE have won a tender to build three wind farms off Britain, which the Norwegian firm said together will form the world's largest such development.Like other European oil firms, Equinor is developing its renewables business and is focused on offshore wind given its experience as an offshore oil platform operator."The successful bids for the world’s largest offshore wind development represent a game-changer for our offshore wind business and support the development of Equinor as a broad energy company…

UK Launches Offshore Wind Leasing Round

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The Crown Estate has launched its Round 4 offshore wind leasing competition for the rights to develop at least 7GW of new capacity off England and Wales.The Offshore Wind Industry Council (OWIC) has hailed today’s launch as a major step forward.The Crown Estate, which acts as manager of the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland, is making four broad areas of seabed available to the market, within which potential developers will have the opportunity to bid for project…

Siemens Gamesa Ups 'Green' Credit to $1.4Bln

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Wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has increased the amount of guarantees that qualify as "green" to €1.25 billion ($1.4Bln) as they contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).The deal, arranged with BNP Paribas, adds €350 million to the existing line of €900 million in "green" guarantees arranged with other banks.Siemens Gamesa will use this line to fund its business of manufacturing and selling onshore and offshore wind turbines worldwide…

First Subsea to Cover Formosa 1

First Subsea delivers Cable Protection System for Taiwan project. Image: First Subsea

UK-based offshore technology services provider First Subsea has delivered beach landing cable protection for three export cables on the 120MW Formosa 1 Phase 2 offshore wind farm in Taiwan.According to the Lancaster-based company, the contract was awarded by  Jan De Nul Group, EPCI contractor for delivery and installation of the project’s cables and foundations.Three systems, each 250m in length were contracted in Feb 2019 and delivered on time at the end of March 2019. The…

Vestas Gets 34-MW Turbine Order from Norway

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The sustainable energy solutions provider Vestas Wind Systems A/S has received a 34 MW order for the Haramsfjellet wind project on the island of Haramsøya in western Norway.The Danish manufacturer has developed a solution to fit the site’s wind conditions that includes eight V136-4.2 MW turbines and a long-term service contract to optimise energy production for the lifetime of the project in a high wind location."With a robust design for tough wind sites, the turbine is well-suited for the challenging climatic conditions that are commonly found on Norway’s western coastline…

Senvion to Sell Assets to Siemens Gamesa

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Insolvent German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion is in exclusive talks with Siemens Gamesa (SGRE) over the sale of a substantial part of its business.The Germany firm said that it has entered into an exclusivity agreement with Siemens Gamesa to pursue negotiations for the sale of selected Services and Onshore assets in Europe. The agreement was approved unanimously by Senvion's creditors' committee. The approval of the insolvency plans by the creditors' assembly on 11 September enabled this transaction.The parties are now entering final negotiations and…

Offshore Wind Conference Set for SUNY Maritime

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The Center of Excellence for Offshore Renewable Energy at the State University of New York Maritime College and the Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler, are hosting the Ocean Wind Energy Conference on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Maritime Academic Center, SUNY Maritime College.Serving as the keynote speaker is Alana Duerr, Ph.D., Director, Offshore Wind North America, DNV GL - Renewables Advisory, who will offer insight to opportunities for maritime industry support of Ocean Wind Energy development and sustainment for many years to come.

Giant Offshore Turbine to be Blown Up

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Ireland-based SSE Renewables, a renewable energy subsidiary of Airtricity, is set to conclude decommissioning of the Hunterston National Offshore Wind Turbine Testing Facility (NOWTTF) by blowing up in a controlled explosion.The 177m-high (580ft) turbine had been used as a test site for offshore wind farms such as the massive Beatrice field in the Outer Moray Firth. The other turbine on the Hunterston site was dismantled by a crane last year."The turbine is scheduled to be brought down by controlled explosion on Thursday 19 September subject to suitable weather conditions…

German Trains to Run on Offshore Wind

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German Rail (Deutsche Bahn – DB) has closed Germany’s first power purchase agreement (PPA) to buy electricity from an offshore wind farm.German Rail has signed a five-year deal starting in 2024 to buy the output of 25MW, or 8%, of the 295MW Nordsee Ost wind farm in the North Sea from utility Innogy and RWE Supply & Trading.The contract will run for five years, beginning in 2024. The supplied volume comprises 25 megawatts, which is the equivalent of four wind turbines. That is eight percent of the total production of the wind farm…

Film-Ocean Orders 10th Saab Seaeye Falcon

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Independent subsea contractor, Film-Ocean, has ordered its 10th Saab Seaeye Falcon.Film-Ocean have developed and patented a chain measuring system for FPSO and Offshore Wind Farm mooring systems which is easily deployed with the Falcon providing results in real time and is accurate to 0.1mm.Saab Seaeye says that the versatility shown by Film-Ocean’s engagement of the Falcon, demonstrates the success of the design’s concept that has made it the most popular underwater robotic vehicle of its class in the world.The Falcon’s winning concept comes from creating a highly reliable vehicle…

Ireland Calls for More Offshore Wind

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Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) chief executive Dr David Connolly has called for greater urgency from the government in the country and across the political system to support the development of offshore wind energy.Ireland currently only has a single offshore wind farm but there is an estimated 4-5,000 MW of offshore wind energy ready to be developed off the country’s east coast.Dr Connolly said: “Our industry is ready, willing and able to deliver the 3,500 MW of offshore wind energy by 2030 required in the Climate Action Plan.

DNV GL Calls for Action to Meet Paris Climate Target

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DNV GL’s Energy Transition Outlook indicates global temperatures rise by 2.4⁰C by end of century. Energy experts identify a combination of technology measures to curb global warming which includes: Boost solar power more than 10 times to 5 TW, wind power by 5 times to 3 TW and increase battery production for EVs 50-fold by 2030.DNV GL calls for extraordinary policy action to advance renewables, new decarbonization technologies and systems, electrical vehicles and energy efficiency.The…

More 'Green' Power Needed To Meet Paris 2030 Target

Wind and solar power: much more power needs to be generated from these sources in order to meet the targets set for 2030 by the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to DNV GL.

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According to DNV GL’s latest energy report ‘Energy Transition Outlook: Power Supply and Use’, eight times more wind and solar power is needed by 2030 to help meet the Paris Agreement on climate change’s target. This transition will require more than ten times power generated by the solar means and five times the wind power currently being generated in combination with other technology measures to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees and meet the targets of the Paris Agreement.

2/3 of Electricity by Solar PV, Wind by 2050

Remi Eriksen, Group President and CEO of DNV GL. Photo: DNV GL

Share of electricity in the final demand energy mix will more than double from today’s level to 40% in 2050, with two thirds of that electricity provided by solar PV and wind, said DNV GL.Electrification will transform how energy is produced and consumed. By midcentury, 40% of final energy demand will be met by electricity (up from 19% in 2017), 63% of which will be generated by solar PV and wind, said the third edition of the Energy Transition Outlook (ETO) by DNV GL.Electrification…

Deutsche Bahn Signs Offshore Wind PPA in Germany

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German railway company Deutsche Bahn AG (DB) will be purchasing about 8% of the total production of the 295-MW Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm  from 2024.Deutsche Bahn will continue to steadily increase its purchase of electricity from renewable energy sources in the coming years. The relevant agreements for the supply of green power from the offshore wind farm Nordsee Ost between DB Energie GmbH, innogy SE and RWE Supply & Trading have been signed.The contract will run for five years, beginning in 2024.

TenneT, EnBW, Ørsted Pact on Transmission Concept

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The European transmission system operator TenneT, German utilities company EnBW and offshore wind specialist Ørsted have formed an alliance with the aim of implementing new connection concept for offshore wind farms and converter platforms in the German North Sea.The connection concept already planned by TenneT in the Netherlands will also be used in the future as part of selected offshore DC projects in the German North Sea. It eliminates the transformer platform for Ørsted's…

Shared CTV Monitoring Drives Efficiencies for Wind Farm Ops

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Shared monitoring systems that provide comprehensive insight into CTV capabilities and limitations will support safety, planning & cost reduction for offshore wind owners. Offshore wind project owners are missing out on significant cost savings, optimised “time on turbine”, and opportunities to increase the sustainability of their operations by not using crew transfer vessel (CTV) performance monitoring systems that have been created in tandem with vessel operators.That is…

Dutch Offshore Wind Grid Borssele Alpha Ready

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The Dutch government announced that construction has been completed of the first large offshore “socket”, or substation, that will connect 700 MW of energy from wind turbines in the North Sea to the mainland.Borssele Alpha, TenneT’s first and at the same time largest connection system for wind farms on the Dutch North Sea is ready for operation.Exactly to schedule and within budget, in 2020 Borssele Alpha will unlock the green energy from offshore wind farms Borssele I and…

DNV GL to Certify TenneT Platform in German Sea

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DNV GL has signed a four-year framework agreement with TenneT to provide project certification for new High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC)  substations linked to offshore wind farms in the German North Sea.Agreement includes certification of TenneT’s DolWin5 converter platform with cost-saving offshore grid connection concept. TenneT awarded DNV GL the contract following an independent EU tendering process.Under this framework agreement, DNV GL is expected to carry out project certification for upcoming TenneT’s HVDC platforms…

SUNY Maritime College Hosts Ocean Wind Energy Conference

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NYC Economic Development Corp. Signs on as Event Sponsor.The Center of Excellence for Offshore Renewable Energy at the State University of New York Maritime College and the Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler, proudly announce their partnership in hosting of the Ocean Wind Energy Conference on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 9 a.m. in the Maritime Academic Center, SUNY Maritime College. Featured presentations by industry leaders such as Keynote Speaker Dr. Alana Duerr…

Australia Beats 2020 Clean Energy Target

Australia’s target for clean energy generation was reached last week (August 30) and wind and solar power are now the country’s cheapest sources of energy.

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Australia has met its 2020 target for generating electricity from large-scale renewable energy a year ahead of plan, the Australian Clean Energy Regulator said, despite there being a slowdown in investment in wind and solar power.The target was set in 2001 by a conservative government and reduced in 2015 with bipartisan support, aiming forAustralia to generate 33,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity from large-scale renewable energy by 2020. The country’s current total power generation is about 260…

Advanced AI Engine for Automated Blade Damage Detection

Sulzer Schmid and NNAISENSE are developing AI-enabled blade damage technology for the wind turbine energy sector.

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Sulzer Schmid, a Swiss company pioneering UAV technology for rotor blade inspections, and artificial intelligence (AI) specialist NNAISENSE have formed a partnership to develop an artificial intelligence engine to automatically detect rotor blade damages on wind turbines.The companies expect the new technology to bring the twin benefits of improving the productivity and consistency of blade inspection processes and are aiming to build the industry’s most powerful AI engine able to recognize damages based on inspection image material.

COBRA Cable Readies for Action

IGBT converter tower  inside the COBRAcable converter station in Eemshaven (photo: Siemens)

The 700MW COBRAcable interconnector linking the Dutch and the Danish grid will be available for the electricity market as of delivery day, 7 September, Dutch high-voltage grid operator TenneT said."After three years of construction, including the laying of the submarine cables as well as the construction of two onshore converter stations, and a successful test phase earlier this year, COBRAcable will be available for the electricity market as of the delivery day of 7 September…

Mayflower Wind Bids for Massachusetts Offshore

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Mayflower Wind, a joint venture of Shell and EDPR Offshore North America, has submitted proposal to the state and utility company to deliver energy from offshore wind installations.The provider of cleaner energy solutions using the power of wind announced that it is participating in the latest round of Request for Proposals (RFP) for long-term contracts for offshore wind energy projects in Massachusetts.It has submitted three 800 megawatt (MW) proposals as well as a 400 MW proposal.

MarineSpace Wins Ørsted Award

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UK-based marine environmental and planning consultancy MarineSpace Limited has been awarded a place on the UK environmental impact assessment (EIA) framework agreement for Ørsted Wind Power A/S.The award means MarineSpace will be eligible to provide the Danish developer with offshore EIA and consultancy services over the next three years.Phil Durrant, Managing Director of MarineSpace Ltd commented “This is a significant step forward for the company and is the result of two…

EDS Provides Cable Testing to Vattenfall at Horns Rev 1

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High voltage engineering specialist EDS HV Group (EDS), part of the UK’s leading marine services company – James Fisher and Sons plc, has carried out an innovative cable testing campaign for Vattenfall at Horns Rev 1 after the windfarm had experienced network issues.In a first for the offshore wind industry, EDS used Damped AC testing (DAC) to collect a wealth of beneficial partial discharge (PD) and tanδ data to interpret the condition of the array cables and subject the entire array system to a high voltage withstand test.

Scotland to Power Ferries with Hydrogen

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Ferries serving the Western Isles and West Coast of Scotland could soon be powered by hydrogen generated from onshore island wind power, according to a newly published feasibility study.The Scottish Western Isles Ferry Transport Using Hydrogen (SWIFTH2) project, which was led by the Point and Sandwick Trust in collaboration with seven industry partners including Wood, was part-funded by the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme.The project team also included Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy…

US Offshore Wind Pipeline Reach 25.8GW

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The U.S. offshore wind project development pipeline grew to a potential generating capacity of 25,824 MW across 13 states, including the Block Island Wind Farm commissioned in 2016.Projects totaling 21,225 MW have exclusive site control, meaning the developer has a lease or other contract to develop the site. Most of these projects are on the Eastern seaboard, with one in the Great Lakes, said Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report, prepared by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.California and Hawaii have several early-stage floating offshore wind projects in the planning phase…

Port of Johnstown to Receive 12 Shiploads of Wind Turbines

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The Port of Johnstown will be a busy port over the next several months as vessels are delivering ENERCON turbine components for the Nation Rise Wind Farm project.The cargo represents a major business win for the Port, which completed a multi-million-dollar infrastructure project in 2016 that included several acres of laydown space to be able to accommodate this type of heavy-lift cargo.The first vessel, the BBC Kurt Paul, arrived August 13, 2019. In total, 12 vessels are expected…

Green Marine Secures Windfarm Deal

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Orkney-based Green Marine won a three-year contract to deliver operations and maintenance work for Equinor’s Dudgeon offshore windfarm.Green Marine will supply its Damen-built 2610 Twin Axe vessel, Green Storm, to assist in the operations and maintenance of the windfarm alongside support from the company’s experienced onshore team.Green Storm is a dedicated vessel for the offshore wind industry, providing safe transportation of personnel and cargo to offshore installations.