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News & in-depth analysis of offshore wind power and renewable energy markets, power purchase agreements, transmission networks, grids, energy storage, substations, supply interruption and transmission failures.

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Deepwater Wind storage plan in Massachusetts

Deepwater Wind storage plan in Massachusetts

UNITED STATES: Offshore wind developer Deepwater Wind has unveiled plans to install a 144MW offshore wind project, combined with a 40MWh Tesla battery system.

Siemens to build DolWin6

Siemens to build DolWin6

GERMANY: Transmission specialist Siemens will provide the platform and technology for the 900MW DolWin6 offshore wind link in the North Sea.

EIB backs Elia offshore grid

EIB backs Elia offshore grid

BELGIUM: The European Investment Bank (EIB) has loaned €100 million to support Belgian transmission operator Elia's Stevin grid project, aimed at integrating more offshore wind into the country's network.

ABB upgrades turbine transformer

ABB upgrades turbine transformer

SWITZERLAND: Transmission specialist ABB has doubled the voltage level of its WindStar transformer to 66kV, benefitting the latest generation off offshore wind turbines.

Atkins wins Chinese design contract

Atkins wins Chinese design contract

CHINA: UK-based engineering consultancy Atkins has won a contract to design a substation platform for SPIC's 300MW Binhai South offshore wind project.

OWE 2017: Dong to deploy storage system at Burbo Bank

OWE 2017: Dong to deploy storage system at Burbo Bank

UK: Dong Energy has announced plans to install a 2MW battery storage system in north-west England, to be connected to the 90MW Burbo Bank offshore wind project.

OWE 2017: Grid upgrades 'the biggest challenge' for offshore wind

OWE 2017: Grid upgrades 'the biggest challenge' for offshore wind

UK: Achieving significant grid upgrades and Europe-wide integration of renewables are the most important steps to secure the future success of offshore wind, Germany's state secretary for energy, Rainer Baake.

In Depth

STX offers modular offshore substations

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.

Analysis: Siemens' radical substation plan

GERMANY: Siemens announced new significant potential for cost saving in grid technology for offshore wind at the EWEA Offshore conference and exhibition in Copenhagen last week.

Cabling standards hold key to cutting costs

The offshore wind sector is under significant pressure to reduce costs. One of the sectors where large savings could be made is the offshore electricity transmission network. We assess the contribution the German offshore network plan will make

Clearer path ahead under new grid connection rules

Legal uncertainty has played as big a role as technical and financial challenges in holding back the development of offshore wind energy in Germany. We take a close look at the new rules on grid connection liability

Election fever harms offshore wind prospects

With federal elections due in September, Germany's conservative/liberal coalition government has been adopting a wavering approach to renewables policy. Recent proposals to cut the cost of green energy growth have raised fears they will stall renewables expansion


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