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Windpower Offshore Weekly
Windpower Offshore Weekly 25th June 2017

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Top Stories
Senvion launches Italian offshore wind  
Senvion launches Italian offshore wind
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.
 
Borssele consortium seeks more investors  
Borssele consortium seeks more investors
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.
 
MHI Vestas charters specialist transport vessel  
MHI Vestas charters specialist transport vessel
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.
 
STX offers modular offshore substations  
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.
 
ORE Catapult partnership to investigate longer blades  
ORE Catapult partnership to investigate longer blades
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.
 
DCNS floater approved by Bureau Veritas  
DCNS floater approved by Bureau Veritas
FRANCE: Certification agency Bureau Veritas has granted design approval to DCNS Energies for its semi-submersible floating foundation.
 
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.
 
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OWE 2017: Aerodyn twin-rotor concept on display  
OWE 2017: Aerodyn twin-rotor concept on display
SPONSORED CONTENT: Founder and president of aerodyn engineering, Sönke Siegfriedsen tells Windpower Monthly about the company's new approach to offshore wind turbines with its SCDnezzy2 twin-rotor concept.
 
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OWE 2017: Seawind shows 6.2MW two-bladed turbine  
OWE 2017: Seawind shows 6.2MW two-bladed turbine
UK: Dutch company Seawind Ocean Technology expects to install the first demonstrator of its 6.2MW two-bladed offshore turbine in Norwegian waters in autumn 2018.
 
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: Conference hails 'year of the floater'  
OWE 2017: Conference hails 'year of the floater'
UK: Alain Delsupehxe, CEO of French engineering firm Eolfi, said that "2017 has been the year of lift-off for floating" technology during a seminar at the Offshore Wind Energy 2017 event in London on 6 June.
 
OWE 2017: 'Collaboration is key' in the North Sea -- Updated  
OWE 2017: 'Collaboration is key' in the North Sea -- Updated
UK: Marie-Christine Marghem, Belgium's minister of energy, environment and sustainable development, warned that subsidies must "drastically fall" following other auction results.
 
OWE 2017: Senvion keeps tight-lipped on 10MW turbine  
OWE 2017: Senvion keeps tight-lipped on 10MW turbine
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.
 
OWE 2017: US ready for rapid offshore deployment  
OWE 2017: US ready for rapid offshore deployment
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.
 
OWE 2017: ScottishPower to collaborate with ORE Catapult  
OWE 2017: ScottishPower to collaborate with ORE Catapult
UK: Developer ScottishPower Renewables and advisory body ORE Catapult will work together on improving offshore technologies and utilising the supply chain.
 
OWE 2017: Confident industry looks foward to strong growth  
OWE 2017: Confident industry looks foward to strong growth
UK: Industry figures at this afternoon's (6 June) Offshore Wind Market Outlook panel in London were united in foreseeing a buoyant future for the sector, as it sat "on the cusp of an energy transformation".
 
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
Foundations for life  
Foundations for life
WORLDWIDE: Are the negative effects of offshore wind farm construction on the marine environment balanced by the positive effects of boosting marine biodiversity once the foundations are in place? It is all a question of scale.
 
UK offshore wind enters the next chapter  
UK offshore wind enters the next chapter
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.
 
'Still some milestones ahead'  
'Still some milestones ahead'
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.
 
It's hammer time  
It's hammer time
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.
 
Fighting for wind  
Fighting for wind
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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Boundary Pushers: Jens Tommerup, CEO, MHI Vestas  
Boundary Pushers: Jens Tommerup, CEO, MHI Vestas
The CEO of MHI Vestas kicks off our new series on forging change through collaboration and innovation.
 
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