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Oil and gas sector's lessons for floating offshore wind

Oil and gas sector's lessons for floating offshore wind

Learning from the oil and gas industry can help accelerate floating offshore wind development and cut costs, according to attendees at a RenewableUK and Scottish Renewables conference.

Global offshore wind fleet to grow 15-fold by 2040

Global offshore wind fleet to grow 15-fold by 2040

Rapid technological improvements and falling costs could help drive an exponential increase of the global offshore wind fleet by 2040, but additional investment and the sector unlocking new revenue streams could prompt a 25-fold growth.

Deutsche Windtechnik replaces Senvion at Trianel site

Deutsche Windtechnik replaces Senvion at Trianel site

Deutsche Windtechnik will service 32 Senvion turbines at the 203MW Trianel Borkum Windpark II project in the German North Sea, replacing the embattled manufacturer as operations and maintenance (O&M) provider.

Ørsted buys into hoist system designer

Ørsted buys into hoist system designer

Ørsted has acquired a 22.5% stake in Scottish company Pict Offshore, which created a hoist system that removes the need for technicians to step from boats onto ladders to reach the base of the offshore wind turbine.

Wind's role in UK power cuts probed

Wind's role in UK power cuts probed

The UK transmission system operator (TSO) is investigating a large power outage in the UK, following the disconnection of a gas-fired power station and Ørsted's under-construction 1.2GW Hornsea One offshore wind farm.

High-risk offshore wind contractors drive up premiums

High-risk offshore wind contractors drive up premiums

'Repeat-offender' suppliers and contractors are driving up premiums on offshore wind projects, according to an underwriter at a leading renewable energy insurance firm.

GE to build 12MW Haliade-X in China

GE to build 12MW Haliade-X in China

GE will target China and surrounding markets by setting up a new factory in Guangdong province, where it will manufacture its 12MW Haliade-X turbine.

in depth

Horns Rev 1, 2, 3: three generations of turbine output analysed

The three projects that make up the Horns Rev offshore-wind hub off Denmark's west coast perfectly illustrate how the sector developed over the last two decades. Windpower Monthly dissects the performance data to see if bigger really is better.

Milestones on the road to 10GW

As the UK becomes the first country in the world to reach 10GW of offshore wind, Windpower Monthly looks back at the most significant steps over the past 20 years.

Easy does it: the art of a gentle cable pull

Connecting the world's largest offshore wind project to the grid required a new approach and a delicate touch, writes Mike Morrison, global head of Sparrows Group Cable and Pipe Lay Solutions (CPLS).

Makani prepares for launch with offshore tests

"Many companies are using conventional wind turbines and innovating on the floating platform," explains Makani CEO Fort Felker. "We are doing the opposite."

Comparing offshore output for 2017

GERMANY/UK: Offshore wind generation is rising as capacity grows, but how did individual sites perform during 2017? Windpower Monthly looks at key German and UK offshore projects.

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