Offshore Wind Energy

World’s first floating wind farm has started production

Hywind Scotland, the first floating wind farm in the world, has started to deliver electricity to the Scottish grid. (photo: Øyvind Gravås / Statoil)

Hywind Scotland, the first floating wind farm in the world, has started to deliver electricity to the Scottish grid. On October, 18 the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, officially opened the wind farm.

18.10.2017

TÜV Rheinland hands over type certificate to Ming Yang 2 MW platform

Ming Yang's MY121-2.0MW platform has been certified (photo: TÜV Rheinland)

TÜV Rheinland has handed over a type certificate to Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Ming Yang after successful completion of the certification procedure. Type certification was provided for 2-MW wind turbine Ming Yang MY121-2.0MW according to the international standard IEC 61400-22:2010.

17.10.2017

Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness: European countries have fallen down the index

EY’s biannual Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) ranks the 40 most competitive markets for the RE industry (graph: EY)

Europe is going from leader to runner-up, as China maintains the top spot in renewable energy competitiveness. The picture emerges from EY’s biannual Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI), a ranking of the 40 most competitive markets for the industry.

13.10.2017

BayWa r.e. invests in Australian onshore wind sector

Photo: BayWa .r.e

BayWa r.e., a global renewable energy company based in Munich, Germany, has announced the acquisition of the business and project pipeline of Future Energy, a Victorian-based renewable energy developer.

12.10.2017

GE Renewable Energy unveils its largest onshore wind turbine

GE Renewable Energy’s new 4.8–158 onshore wind turbine (Graphic: GE)

GE Renewable Energy has unveiled the new 4.8–158 onshore wind turbine. According to the company, it is GE's largest high efficiency turbine to date. Featuring the largest rotor in the segment and innovative blade design, the 4.8-158 is designed to offer a significant improvement in Annual Energy Production (AEP) at low to medium wind speed sites.

12.09.2017

Province of Groningen urges minister to drive forward wind farms north of the Dutch Wadden Sea Islands

(Graphic: Provincie Groningen)

Offshore wind farm conditions in the Wadden Sea Area above Groningen are excellent. That is the outcome of the report, commissioned by the province of Groningen, and presented to the Minister of Economic Affairs. Now the province calls on the Minister of Economic Affairs to facilitate the realization of many more wind farms in the area. This will contribute to a future without natural gas, a low carbon energy system and create hundreds of jobs.

07.09.2017

ABB to provide BESS for the integration of Burbo Bank offshore wind farm

The 90 MW Burbo Bank offshore wind farm has been in operation since 2007 and is capable of supplying electricity for up to 80,000 UK homes. (Photo: ABB)

The integration of wind energy is a big challenge in today’s grid management, as the power output immensely depends on the current weather situation. To help facing this challenge ABB will supply a Battery Energy Storage System to DONG Energy.

31.08.2017

US Offshore wind industry announced to build first Jones Act compliant installation vessel

Zentech and Renewables Resources International announced to build the first Jones Act compliant U.S. installation vessel. "This vessel will provide the now evolving U.S. Offshore Wind Industry with a much needed and cost competitive marine logistic solution,” stated Zentech in a press release. The U.S. Jones Act requires for all vessels that are transporting goods to and from U.S. ports, such as components for an offshore wind farm, to be U.S. built and operated. Zentech Incorporated is a marine engineering and naval architecture firm specializing in the offshore oil and gas and renewable energy industries.

28.08.2017

“Final sprint for all the players”

Bent Christensen is in charge of project management in the offshore business at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. (Photo: Siemens Gamesa)

Siemens Gamesa is using no less than eight innovative technologies for the pilot project Nissum Bredning Vind. Offshore Wind Industry spoke to Bent Christensen about the rapid pace of development in the industry.

28.08.2017

EEW SPC has been awarded two new orders

Hornsea Project One is located 120 km off the Yorkshire Coast. (Graphic: DONG Energy)

The Rostock based company EEW Special Pipe Constructions (EEW SPC) has been awarded two new orders for the delivery of 205 monopiles in total. 174 of the foundations are meant to be for Hornsea Project One, the world’s first wind farm with a capacity of more than one Gigawatt. 31 monopiles have been ordered by the Dutch marine contractor Van Oord.

23.08.2017

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