offshore wind

Power-to-X to be the carbon-neutral energy storage technology of the future

Many climate experts predict that the next ten years are crucial, thus our actions within this decade will decide whether we are able to reach the ambitious goals of the Paris agreement limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5°C until 2050. Yet, recent studies show that G20 nations are currently failing to reach their climate goals.

World’s largest and first dual fuel crane vessel to start operations

The world’s biggest semi-submersible crane vessel (SSCV) is set to enter into service in the coming months for Heerema Marine Contractors, for offshore oil, gas and renewable energy installation and decommissioning jobs. This is also the world’s first dual-fuel crane vessel.

Joint Industry Project to tackle wind turbine blade erosion

DNV GL launched a Joint Industry Project with ten commercial partners to develop a Comprehensive methodology for Blade Rain erosion Analysis (COBRA). The project aspires to get an insight into the damage caused to leading edge wind turbine blades from the high-speed impacts of foreign objects, such as raindrops, and identify how best to develop protection systems.

New technology aims to cut offshore wind costs

The Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate, through the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme has allocated 3.8m EUR to a consortium, to present suction bucket technology with focus on industrialising suction bucket technology. The overall target is to limit the cost of foundation construction and installation by 40%.

Shore power facility installed in port of Cuxhaven

A new shore power facility has entered into service at the German port of Cuxhaven, in North Sea, west of Hamburg, on 25 May 2018. The ShoreCONNECT in Cuxhaven will mainly be used by vessels transporting Siemens Gamesa’s wind turbine parts. 

New partnership promotes wind technology in shipping

The World Wind Energy Association announced a strategic partnership with the International Windship Association, to further promote the uptake of wind technology by the global shipping fleet. The Associations’ first collaborative steps will be taken during the UN Convention on Climate Change COP23 summit next month.

World’s first floating wind farm starts production

Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil announced that Hywind Scotland, world’s first floating wind farm, has started to deliver electricity to the Scottish grid. The 30MW wind farm will be operated by Statoil in partnership with Masdar.

Wärtsilä to equip world’s largest offshore wind farm

Wärtsilä announced that it will supply its low voltage switchboards for the world’s first offshore reactive compensation station. The Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm, operated by DONG Energy, is currently under construction at Babcock Rosyth in Scotland and, upon completion, it will be the largest offshore wind farm in the world.

New crane for offshore wind turbine maintenance introduced

Huisman announced that developed a lightweight type crane for the maintenance of offshore wind turbines, which combines lifting heights and capacity with a foldable boom, resulting in less deck space and a low own weight of the crane, so it will require a smaller, and thus more cost effective, jack-up vessel than currently required.

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