Wind Energy

Global Tech 1: Half of the foundations are complete

The Innovation can deliver three tripods in one trip to the construction site. (Photo: Global Tech 1)

On 17 June, the 40th tripod foundation in the North Sea wind farm Global Tech 1 will be constructed, which will mark the half-way point for the total of 80 foundations of the wind farm. The installation vessel "Innovation" had to make the trip to the construction site 14 times.

Liebherr presents its offshore crane simulator at the Offshore Europe 2013

Liebherr has launched its range of maritime crane simulators. Based on original software and hardware, the Liebherr simulators increase safety and productivity by providing a cost-effective and highly professional crane operator training solution. In September, the simulator will be part of the Liebherr booth at the Offshore Europe in Aberdeen.

DNV and GL merger approved

The merger between the Norwegian testing and certification company Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and its German competitor Germanischer Lloyd (GL), which was announced at the end of 2012 (we reported), can proceed as planned. The competition authorities of South Korea, the U.S., the EU and China have approved the merger, according to the companies.

Gwynt y Môr forges ahead

The first of 160 steel foundations for the offshore wind farm Gwynt y Môr off the north Wales coast have been erected and the first export cable is currently being laid near Pensarn. Furthermore, the first of two offshore substations set sail for Liverpool Bay in mid August after being designed and built by Siemens in Manchester and Harland and Wolff in Belfast.

New certification guideline

GL Renewables Certification (GL RC) has published its new “Guideline for the Certification of Offshore Wind Turbines”. It provides a fully integrated design and analysis concept for offshore wind turbines.

Competition for feasibility studies and development and demonstration funding

The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Technology Strategy Board are to invest up to £ 11.2 million (about € 13.8 million) in technical feasibility studies, development and demonstration of component technologies, and knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP) to stim

Windreich files for bankruptcy

Marketing for an offshore project of Windreich on a wing of a plane. Despite the

As experts have feared for some time, Windreich GmbH is insolvent. The largest German offshore wind farm developer submitted an application for self-administered insolvency at the end of last week. Holger Blümle from the firm Schultze & Braun was appointed to be the provisional administrator. In addition, the company founder Willi Balz has resigned as a managing partner.

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