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EDP Renewables (EDPR) and offshore engineering firm Aker Solutions have bought into a consortium with WindPower Korea to develop a 500MW floating wind farm off Ulsan, South Korea.
GE Rewnewable Energy has completed the installation of the major components for its 12MW prototype at the Port of Rotterdam.
Equinor has made a final investment decision on its almost NOK 5 billion (€500 million) Hywind Tampen project, committing to supplying platforms at two North Sea oil and gas fields with power from an 88MW floating wind farm.
French foundation specialist Ideol will work with Japanese construction company Taisei Corporation to develop concrete foundations for floating offshore wind projects using its damping pool design.
MHI Vestas will supply three units of its V164-9.5MW model for the Île de Groix pilot floating wind farm off the coast of France, replacing GE as turbine supplier.
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.
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).
"Many companies are using conventional wind turbines and innovating on the floating platform," explains Makani CEO Fort Felker. "We are doing the opposite."
EXCLUSIVE: In order to offer its new 10MW offshore turbine commercially by 2022, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) must install the prototype this autumn. Eize de Vries speaks exclusively to the company's technical experts about the development process.
GERMANY: A German consortium has developed, tested and validated a self-aligning, lightweight, four-legged semi-submersible floating-platform concept that integrates the turbine tower. Eize de Vries highlights the technological innovations.
FRANCE: French engineering firm Ceteal claims its x-shaped concrete floating foundation offers significant manufacturing and operational advantages over other designs currently under development for the floating offshore wind sector.
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