News & in-depth analysis of offshore wind energy technology, including offshore wind turbines, turbine blades, drive trains, electricity & transmission.
CHINA: Manufacturer Goldwind has unveiled a platform of 6MW+ offshore wind turbines, with a range of rotor diameters up to 171-metres.
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.
FRANCE: A 1:50 scale model of a floating tension-leg platform has passed wind and wave trials in a test tank in France.
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.
UK: MHI Vestas will turn a former oil-fired power plant into a painting and logistics facility for its 80-metre V164 turbine blades.
SOUTH KOREA: Doosan Heavy Industries has acquired an operating prototype, designs, and rights to sell the 5.5MW offshore wind turbine designed by electric control systems specialist AMSC and Hyundai Electric and Energy Systems.
FINLAND: Offshore on ice Turbine installation has been completed at the 40MW Tahkoluoto project off Pori, south-west Finland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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