UK: The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (ORE Catapult) has signed a £2.3 billion research partnership with the University of Bristol to look at building blades for the 13-15MW turbine generation.1 comment
FRANCE: Maritime construction group STX France has launched a new modular design for offshore substations it said could cut energy costs by reducing delivery times, capital expenditure and operational costs.
ITALY: Senvion will supply the Mediterranean's first offshore wind project, a 30MW development located in front of Taranto harbour in the Apulia region in southern Italy.
CHINA: UK-based engineering consultancy Atkins has won a contract to design a substation platform for SPIC's 300MW Binhai South offshore wind project.
DENMARK: Manufacturer MHI Vestas has chartered a large vessel from United Wind Logistics (UWL) and has commenced shipping components for the Walney Extension West project in the UK.
GERMANY: Canadian energy firm Enbridge has expanded its European offshore wind portfolio by acquiring a 49.89% stake in EnBW's Albatros project in the North Sea.
JAPAN: Danish blade manufacturer LM Wind Power has installed and tested the blades on Hitachi's 5.2MW prototype offshore wind turbine at an onshore site in Japan.
UK: Having let slip that it was working on a 10MW-plus offshore turbine at the AWEA conference in May, Senvion has declined to provide any further details at the London offshore event.
UK: The US offshore wind market has been slow to get started, but the right conditions are now in place for rapid progress, according to Jose Zayas, director of the wind energy technologies office at the US Department of Energy.
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UK: Dong Energy's Burbo Bank Extension is the first project to be commissioned after winning support in the UK's initial contracts for difference tender in 2014. David Milborrow looks at the balance sheet for this new round of offshore wind farms.
UK: Bigger turbines and the creation of a local supply chain are raising expectations for the future of offshore wind in the UK. The next step could be looking at export potential.
NETHERLANDS: Dutch company Fistuca is about to begin testing a radical new piledriver for offshore monopile foundations that aims to cut noise and installation costs.
WORLDWIDE: Following his tenth anniversary as secretary-general of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), Steve Sawyer reflects on the progress wind power has made and its hopes and expectations for the future in conversation with David Weston.
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