Offshore Wind Energy

Babcock builds innovative floating met monitoring system for offshore wind developers

Babcock has commenced construction of its innovative floating Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) system, designed to provide critical meteorological data for offshore wind farm developers safely, reliably and more cost-effectively than has previously been feasible.

Vergnet wins World Wind Energy Award 2013

Fonds Caraibes wind farm (Photo: Vergnet)

At the 12. World Wind Energy Conference in Havana, Cuba, the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) has awarded the French equipment manufacturer Vergnet Eolien the World Wind Energy Award 2013.

CG wins Wind Onshore Projects in France

Mechelen - Avantha Group Company CG has been awarded a contract worth € 3.5Mn for the design, engineering, supply, installation & commissioning of a “WINDSUB” (wind farm substation) at the 75 MW Seine Rive Gauche Nord wind farm in France, located in the Aube department on the left bank of the river. CG will also be responsible for upgrading/building the overall electrical system.

Aerodynamically optimised rotor blades increase the yield

After two years of development, a certification by DEWI-OCC (Offshore and Certification Centre of the German Wind Institute DEWI) and one year of field testing, the German companies BayWa r.e. Rotor Service GmbH and Spitzner Engineers GmbH are launching a new product called "e-ro", which increases the efficiency of rotor blades.

France starts the second offshore round

 Two new sites are in the second round of French offshore tendering. (Graphic: Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy)

On 8 January, the French government declared the second bidding round for offshore wind farms off the French coast. This time a total of 1,000 MW are up for tender, divided into two farms. These are the sites Noirmoutier south of the Saint-Nazaire project in the Atlantic, and Le Tréport in the English Channel, which was left empty-handed in the first bidding round.

Areva plans production plant in Scotland

The French conglomerate Areva has signed an agreement of intent with the economic development agency Scottish Enterprise regarding a production site for wind turbines in the east of Scotland.

First power from Anholt offshore wind farm

With the assembling of the third rotor blade, the first turbine of Anholt offshore wind farm was erected. (Photo: Dong)

On September 3 the first wind turbine of Anholt offshore wind farm was installed, less than three weeks later it fed power into the Danish grid for the first time, as the operator Dong Energy informed. Apart from Dong, PensionDanmark and PKA have shares in the wind farm.

Certification tests for the Haliade 150 ramping up

The Alstom offshore wind turbine at Le Carnet near Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique department (France) is generating its first kilowatt-hours of power. In preparation for certification, the Haliade 150 is being subjected to a range of onshore tests prior to the installation of a second turbine later this year in the North Sea off the coast of Belgium for further offshore testing.

First US offshore wind turbine feeds into the grid


Since June 13, the first US offshore wind turbine feeds power into the grid. The VolturnUS 1:8, a 65-foot-tall floating turbine prototype that is 1:8th the scale of a 6 MW 423-foot rotor diameter design, was designed and built at the University of Maine (UMaine), assembled at Cianbro’s facility in Brewer, and towed nearly 30 miles from Brewer to Castine by Maine Maritime Academy.