DENMARK: The Danish Technical University (DTU) and developer Vattenfall have announced a joint project to investigate the shadow effect offshore wind projects have on other nearby sites.
UK: Swedish developer Vattenfall will deploy high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cables at its Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas projects, the company has announced.
NETHERLANDS: Ocean surveyors Fugro recorded a 15.7% decline in its revenue for 2017 -- a year it described as "the fourth of an exceptionally deep downturn in oil and gas services".
SPAIN: Iberdrola recorded a 3.7% rise in net profit for 2017, which it said was mostly driven by its renewables and networks businesses.
SPAIN: Tower manufacturer GRI Renewable Industries has opened a new €40 million factory in the port of Seville, as it moves into production of offshore towers.
DENMARK: The generation-cost projections reported in this column rely on estimates of the energy production of the wind turbines over the life of the plant by the developer.
BELGIUM: Kriegers Flak illustrates the international nature of the offshore wind sector. Foundations made in Belgium are towed by a Cyprus-registered vessel to Denmark, where they will be part of a wind farm using German-Spanish turbines and an interconnector with Germany.
GERMANY: In December, aerodyn engineering unveiled a fully instrumented 1:10 scale model of its two-blade downwind SCDnezzy 6.0 floating design at the Nobiskrug shipyard in Germany. Eize de Vries had exclusive access to the preliminary tests.
WORLDWIDE: Compressed air energy storage (CAES) for grid-scale electrical energy has a long but somewhat spasmodic history.
WORLDWIDE: Ease of manufacture plays a growing role in development as blades continue to grow in size.
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