Wind Energy

New offshore centre provides round the clock support

OutSmart’s new Offshore Operations Centre in Emden is planned to be fully operational by the end of the year. (Graphic: OutSmart)

OutSmart will open an offshore wind operations centre for the German market in Emden at the end of this year. The operations centre will be manned 24/7 to operate offshore wind farms in the German North Sea and coordinate maintenance and logistic activities. Launching customer is Trianel for wind farm Borkum West 2 that is currently under construction.

Study on noise reduction in offshore installations published

Protecting porpoises from harmful noises during the driving of foundation piles into the seabed remains a critical factor in the construction of offshore wind farms in the North and Baltic seas. In the past, the noise emission limit of 160 dB (decibels) at 750 m from the source was often exceeded by 10 dB, i.e. by a factor of 10. As a comparison, a jet plane emits around 140 dB at 30 m.

Nordex delivers 21.6 MW to Finland

The wind turbine manufacturer Nordex won the contract for the delivery and construction of the wind farm Honkajoki from the Finnish asset management company Taaleritehdas. The 21.6 MW wind farm includes nine turbines from the series N117/2400, which will be installed on 120 m high towers.

Shepherds Flat wind farm fully operational with 845 MW

The 845 MW Shepherds Flat wind farm in Oregon has officially gone on line, according to the plant’s developer Caithness Energy. The wind farm, which stretches across an area of some 77 km², is the largest wind project in the United States after the Alta Wind Energy Center in California.

GL Renewables Certification: Streamlining the CE Marking Process under the LVD

Hamburg - CE marking is an essential part of bringing products to the European market. It gives consumers the assurance that the product complies with European legislation and enables the free movement of those products throughout the European Economic Area (EEA).

Turbine Access System (TAS) wins further Carbon Trust funding

Houlder and BMT Nigel Gee today announced that their jointly developed Turbine Access System (TAS) has been awarded additional funding by the Carbon Trust under the Offshore Wind Accelerator – Access programme. The additional backing will be used to develop an integrated bow roller mechanism to further enhance its operability as a safe, reliable and predictable transfer platform.

London Array produces its first electricity

 London Array: The first phase is almost complete and is already supplying the first electricity. (Photo: London Array)

At the end of October, the recently completed London Array, which is the world's largest offshore wind farm project to date, supplied its first electricity. On 29th October the project consortium consisting of Dong Energy, E.ON UK and Masdar, reported that 151 of the planned 175 turbines had been connected to the grid. The construction of the wind farm has been going on since March 2011.

Met mast for Celtic Array

Ampair will supply the met mast for Celtic Array with a hybrid renewable energy system and control room. (Photo: Ampair)

Centrica plc has awarded a contract to GL Garrad Hassan for the design, supply, installation and operation of an offshore meteorological mast system for their Celtic Array project in the Irish Sea.

Denise Bode to leave the AWEA

Currently still head of the AWEA: Denise Bode (Photo: AWEA)

Denise Bode, head of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), announced in mid-December that she would be resigning as of 1st January. After her four year period of office as head of the AWEA she is returning to her work as a freelance tax lawyer.

Vertex: A Wind Still Blows…

Vertex Fab & Design LLC, a local, highly skilled, metal fabrication facility located in Middleboro MA is quietly making a name for itself by building large sized wind towers for a variety of customers and installations in the wind turbine market all over the US.