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USCG’s role on Offshore Renewable Energy Installations

According to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the US Coast Guard may serve as a Cooperating Agency to the Lead Agency responsible for issuing permits to build Offshore Renewable Energy Installations (OREI). These installations include wind turbines, wave power devices, and ocean current energy systems.

Belgian CMB and Japanese TFC to build hydrogen-powered ferry

Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB), based in Antwerp, and Japanese shipbuilder Tsuneishi Facilities & Craft (TFC) announced their collaboration to construct a hydrogen-powered ferry. TFC will bring its state-of-the-are shipbuilding expertise, whereas CMB Technologies will bring their knowledge on marine hydrogen systems.

Ireland wants environmental surveys for floating wind turbine

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland informed that it has launched a tender, with which its seeks environmental surveying services to develop a floating offshore wind turbine at the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site. Anyone interested must submit applications until 26 August by 12:00 local time. The duration of the contract is 27 months, with no options for renewal.

Japan designates offshore wind areas

Japan has designated eleven potential areas as suitable for the development of offshore wind farms. The areas have been identified jointly by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and the Port Authority of Japan.

Northern Ireland not suitable to accommodate offshore wind farms

Northern Ireland’s coastline cannot be used for offshore wind farm development, because of potential objections to how they would look. The findings were presented in a Department of Economy report. The report said the ‘visual impact’ to potential sites located within 13km of the shore would be a ‘significant issue’.

Europe installs 1.9 GW of offshore wind in first half of 2019

Europe added 4.9 GW of new wind energy capacity in the first half of 2019, according to figures released by WindEurope. The overall installations of new onshore and offshore wind capacity is up from the same period last year (4.5 GW). 1.9 GW of new offshore wind was installed in the first half of the year, an increase from the 1.1 GW added in the same period in 2018.

Equinor, Korean partners to create offshore wind project in S. Korea

Equinor, Korea National Oil Corporation and the Korean power company Korea East-West Power have established a consortium to develop the floating offshore wind project Donghae 1 off Ulsan in South Korea. The consortium is now starting the development of a 200MW floating wind farm, which will be located near to the KNOC-operated Donghae natural gas field off the coast of Ulsan in South Korea.

FCR batteries for ship and offshore use receive acceptance

Eco Marine Power along with the Furukawa Battery Company of Japan announced that the FCR series of high performance and recyclable batteries have been accepted for use on classed or to be classed vessels with Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (ClassNK). The FCR series of batteries will now be used as appropriate for EMP projects and supplied as replacement batteries as needed.

DNV GL to support floating solar project in Singapore

DNV GL has been contracted by Singapore’s national water agency, PUB, as technical advisor for the 50 MW floating solar photovoltaic (PV) project at the Tengeh Reservoir in Singapore. When completed, the floating solar project will be one of the largest single floating solar systems globally. 

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