Offshore Wind Energy

New jack-up vessel concept for 10 to 12 MW turbines

A preview of the new SOUL jack-up vessel concept has been presented to a select group of industry players. (Graphic: Ulstein)

SeaOwls and Ulstein launched a pioneering heavy lift jack-up vessel design, the SOUL, allowing transport and installation of the next generation wind turbines with a capacity of 10 to 12 MW. The cruciform structural lay-out of the SOUL jack-up vessel makes the patent-pending solution more than 10 % lighter than conventional jack-up vessel designs. In combination with a high capacity crane, SOUL enables operators to install the next generation wind turbines with 10 to 12 MW in the same time frame as currently used for installing 6 to 8 MW units.

08.02.2017

WWEA and Intersolar Europe will team up and co-host the World Small Wind Conference

The World Wind Energy Association WWEA and Intersolar Europe have agreed to co-host World Small Wind Conference together. Small and medium wind stakeholders as well as the solar PV and energy storage industry are welcome to participate in the event, taking plac in Munich on 1st and 2nd June 2017 in parallel with the Intersolar Europe exhibition 2017 (31 May - 2 June).

06.02.2017

Allianz and MUFG invest in EDF wind farm in Oklahoma

“It is a valuable addition to our renewable energy portfolio, which now exceeds 3.5bn euros and offers a stable and uncorrelated return to Allianz,” said David Jones, Head of Renewables at Allianz Capital Partners. (Photo: Allianz Capital Partners)

Allianz and MUFG, one of the world’s leading financial groups, have together invested tax equity in the Great Western wind park developed and owned by EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE). The 225 MW project is located in Ellis and Woodward Counties, around 200 km north-north west of Oklahoma City. During the next 25 years, Great Western is projected to generate more than 25 million US-$ in property taxes for Ellis and Woodward Counties.

06.02.2017

Enercon commissions first E-141 EP4

A prototype of the new low wind speed WEC was installed in Germany. (Photo: Enercon)

The German manufacturer Enercon has announced the successful commission of the first E-141 EP4. The prototype of the new low wind speed WEC (wind class III) was installed according to plan on a hybrid tower with a hub height of 129 m in Coppanz, Thuringia.

06.02.2017

World’s first floating microwave radiometer complements measurements of the first floating LiDAR

AXYS Technologies Inc. (AXYS) announced that design work with Boulder Environmental Sciences & Technology (BEST) is underway to deploy the world’s first buoy based microwave profiling radiometer on a floating platform, the FLiDAR WindSentinel. The companies are certain that the measurements of this system will significantly improve weather forecasting and lead to better site evaluation and energy producing.

06.02.2017

Sandbank Offshore Wind Farm fully commissioned

With the installation of the last of a total of 72 turbines at Sandbank Offshore Wind Farm the construction phase has been completed three months ahead of the originally planned time schedule. (Photo: Vattenfall)

The offshore wind power plant Sandbank, located 90 kilometres west of the island of Sylt, is now fully installed and commissioned. On 21 January the installation vessel MPI Adventure together with Siemens erected the last turbine. Four days after that the last turbine “SB41” has achieved ‘final commissioning’ already.

26.01.2017

Total offshore wind capacity in Europe stands at 12.631 MW

 2016 saw a high level of investments in offshore wind and a strong pipeline of new projects. (Photo: WindEurope)

WindEurope released its report on the European offshore wind key trends and statistics for 2016. Offshore wind investments in 2016 reached a record € 18.2 billion with 4.9 GW of new capacity financed. Germany, the Netherlands and the UK were the only countries to install in 2016 and the first 8 MW turbine went into the water at Burbo Bank Extension wind farm.

26.01.2017

Expansion figures for Offshore Wind Power in Germany

New offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 818 MW went online in Germany in 2016. The industry views this expansion as positive and expects that, combined with optimised turbine technology and operating concepts, this will also lead to cost reduction in the forthcoming tendering processes in Germany.

25.01.2017

DNV GL certifies prototype of Siemens’ 8 MW offshore wind turbine

Handover of the Certificate for Siemens’ new 8 MW offshore wind turbine prototype (Photo: DNV GL)

DNV GL has assessed Siemens’ new 8 MW offshore wind turbine SWT-8.0-154 in development and awarded Siemens Wind Power with the Prototype Certificate. The prototype certification confirms all relevant safety features on the turbine according to the Danish Executive Order BEK 73:2013 and IEC 61400-22, allowing installation of the prototype to demonstrate its performance. By erecting the turbine at the test centre for wind turbines in Østerild, Denmark, Siemens is able to perform the measurement campaign for the next phase of the type certification process which is crucial to bring the turbine to the market.

18.01.2017

16 turbines ordered for Mynydd y Gwair

Senvion is about to deliver 57 of its MM92 turbines to Innogy Renewables UK. (Photo: Senvion)

Senvion and Innogy Renewables UK have signed a contract for the delivery of 16 Senvion MM92 turbines for the wind farm Mynydd y Gwair in South Wales. The 32.8-MW-Park is expected to be completed in October 2018.

11.01.2017

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