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Floating offshore wind a "gilt-edged opportunity"

Floating offshore wind a "gilt-edged opportunity"

UK: The UK, and in particular Scotland, is well placed to benefit from the growth of the floating offshore wind sector, Hugh McNeal, chief executive, of trade body RenewableUK said at the Floating Offshore Wind conference (14 November) in Glasgow.

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Offshore wind is a California policy 'Rubik's Cube'

Offshore wind is a California policy 'Rubik's Cube'

UNITED STATES: A new report into deploying large-scale offshore wind off the Californian coast will pose a number of major planning hurdles.

ABB acquisition and large projects boost NKT's finances

ABB acquisition and large projects boost NKT's finances

GERMANY: NKT's increases in revenue and earnings were driven by contracts to lay cables at three large offshore wind projects, the company stated.

Innogy's grid business drives earnings

Innogy's grid business drives earnings

GERMANY: Innogy generated less power from renewable sources in the first nine months of the year, while its earnings rose, the developer stated in its third quarter results.

Tension-leg platform passes wind and wave tests

Tension-leg platform passes wind and wave tests

FRANCE: A 1:50 scale model of a floating tension-leg platform has passed wind and wave trials in a test tank in France.

EnBW renewables earnings grow by 1%

EnBW renewables earnings grow by 1%

GERMANY: Developer and utility EnBW said its adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) grew by 1% to €224.8 million in the first nine months of 2017.

ORE Catapult to lead blade technology research collaboration

ORE Catapult to lead blade technology research collaboration

UK: ORE Catapult is leading a research project to improve blade technology in an effort to reduce the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) for offshore wind.

MHI Vestas to open blade painting and logistics facility

MHI Vestas to open blade painting and logistics facility

UK: MHI Vestas will turn a former oil-fired power plant into a painting and logistics facility for its 80-metre V164 turbine blades.


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Buckling up for the ladder climb

Buckling up for the ladder climb

UK: Technicians for offshore services supplier CWind, now part of Global Marine Systems, prepare to service one of the MHI Vestas 3.0MW turbines at E.on's Humber Gateway project off eastern England

WindEconomics: Longer contracts bring lower prices

WindEconomics: Longer contracts bring lower prices

EUROPE: The zero-subsidy German offshore wind farms discussed in the July issue will be commissioned in 2024, by which time offshore-wind prices are likely to have come down and wholesale electricity prices are likely to have gone up.

Filling foundations with rocks to cope with floating ice

Filling foundations with rocks to cope with floating ice

FINLAND: Offshore on ice Turbine installation has been completed at the 40MW Tahkoluoto project off Pori, south-west Finland.

Shipping out to Scotland

Shipping out to Scotland

NORWAY/UK:The first commercial floating wind project is close to reality with the turbines mounted on their foundations in Norway and the tugboats ready for the voyage to Scotland.

Attacks on offshore continue

Attacks on offshore continue

FRANCE: France's fledgling offshore industry is facing yet more delays as opponents continue to challenge projects. So far, six projects are in the permitting process and a further three are planned in French waters.

From powering homes to shielding them from noise

From powering homes to shielding them from noise

DENMARK: The world's leading offshore developer and a Danish recycling company have found a novel way to divert decommissioned turbine blades from landfill and reduce CO2 emissions in the process.

Windtech: Senvion stretches up and down offshore

Windtech: Senvion stretches up and down offshore

GERMANY: Senvion is adapting its 3MW platform for offshore deployment in the Mediterranean, and is likely to develop an 11-12MW range turbine with a rotor diameter close to 200 metres.

Industry optimistic over offshore's future

Industry optimistic over offshore's future

UK: Confidence was high in London for Europe's biggest offshore event the year. Political opposition is fading as fast as costs are falling, and the industry is looking forward to sustained growth.


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