NORWAY/UK: The five turbines destined for Statoil's 30MW Hywind Scotland floating project have been installed on their spar buoy foundations and are ready for transport to the project site.
Cutting costs continues to be at the heart of what the offshore wind industry is looking to achieve. In this installation of the Boundary Pushers series we have been talking to some of the biggest players about what their companies are doing to lower the cost of energy and the obstacles to offshore wind growth.
SWITZERLAND: Transmission specialist ABB has doubled the voltage level of its WindStar transformer to 66kV, benefitting the latest generation off offshore wind turbines.
NETHERLANDS: The consortium behind the Borssele III / IV offshore wind project, comprising Eneco, Shell, Mitsubishi-subsidiary Diamond Generating Europe, and Van Oord, is seeking further investment for the 700MW offshore project.
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.2 comments
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.
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- Tue 10 Oct 2017 - Thu 12 Oct 2017
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- Ramada Hotel, Hamburg, Germany
- Tue 24 Oct 2017 - Wed 25 Oct 2017
- Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel, Antwerp, Belgium
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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