Offshore Wind Energy

Ikeuchi Towel first Japanese company to be labelled WindMade

Brussels / Ehime - Ikeuchi Towel, a manufacturer of eco-friendly towels and related products, is the world's first Japanese company to be awarded the WindMade label for sourcing 100% of its electricity consumption from wind power.

GL Wind Energy Award for Young Professionals

Hamburg - How can offshore wind turbines be built more safely, quickly and cost-efficiently? What can be done to ensure that energy generated by wind farms is fed into the grid exactly when it is needed? How can transport losses be reduced? Is there any hidden potential to make wind turbines more efficient?

Siemens receives a 81-MW wind power order from Philippines

Siemens Energy has received its first wind power order for the Caparispisan project in Pagudpud, Illocos Norte, Philippines. The customers are Northern Luzon UPC Asia Corporation, AC Energy Holdings, Inc. and Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure comprised of Government Service Insurance System, APG and Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) Pte. Limited.

Ontario compensates wind energy system operators if they shut their systems off

Wind farm operators in Ontario will now receive money for not operating their sy

In the Canadian province of Ontario, operators of wind turbines will now receive compensation if they shut down their systems and do not feed electricity into the grid. This was reported by the Canadian online portal Global News. The government hopes that this measure will relieve taxpayers.

523 MW of newly installed offshore wind capacity

 In the first half of 2012, a total of 132 new wind turbines were installed in European waters. (Photo: Katharina Garus)

In the first six months of 2012 a total of 132 new offshore wind turbines with a combined capacity of 523.2 MW were connected to the grid. Compared to the same period last year, this represents a 50 % increase. In the first half of 2011, 348.1 MW were newly installed.

Atlantic Array is being delayed

The British offshore wind farm Atlantic Array is being delayed. In early November the developer RWE npower announced that it won't submit the plans for the project until early 2013. Originally, the company had announced it would be submitting specific plans this year. They need a little more time to evaluate the recently received feedback.

New maritime cable from Finland

 At their location in Pikkala, Prysmian now also manufactures cables for high-voltage direct current transmission. (Photo: Prysmian)

Early in June, the Italian Prysmian group opened a new submarine cable manufacturing plant in Finland.  Pikkala has always been the company's centre for high-voltage cables and by investing approximately € 40 million, Prysmian has now also created production capacities for high-voltage direct current transmission cables.

Oldbaum to provide wakes measurement campaign

Oldbaum Services have been selected to provide the lidar (light detection and ranging) instrumentation solution for the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) Wakes Measurement Campaign.  Hosted and managed by

Seajacks and Samsung build large offshore installation vessel

Scylla will have the ability to install components in water depths of up to 65 m (Photo: Seajacks International)

Seajacks International, offshore installation contractor, has entered into a contract with Samsung Heavy Industries to build an offshore wind farm installation vessel. The vessel has been specifically designed to meet the demands associated with working UK Round 3, Scottish territorial waters and the other North West European markets.

US market is showing progress

Proposed US offshore wind energy projects in advanced development stages (Graphi

The US Energy Department released a new report showing progress for the US offshore wind energy market in 2012, including the completion of two commercial lease auctions for federal Wind Energy Areas and eleven commercial-scale U.S. projects representing over 3.8 GW of capacity reaching an advanced stage of development. Further, the report highlights global trends toward building offshore turbines in deeper waters and using larger, more efficient turbines in offshore wind farms, increasing the amount of electricity delivered to consumers.

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