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Scotland’s biggest offshore wind farm officially opens

Beatrice offshore wind farm, the world’s fourth largest offshore wind farm and Scotland’s biggest, officially opened on July 29 by HRH The Prince Charles, The Duke of Rothesay. The Beatrice project costed £2.5 billion and is the largest single private investment ever made in Scotland.

Key risks the offshore wind sector has to encounter

The offshore wind sector needs more sustainable approaches to risk management and insurance in order to respond to a global changing risk profile of technical and supply chain issues, alongside natural catastrophe and extreme weather, according to renewable energy insurance provider GCube Insurance.

New York selects Orsted for offshore wind farm

Sunrise Wind was selected from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to negotiate a 25-year offshore wind renewable energy certificate (OREC) for an offshore wind farm with a capacity of 880MW. The wind farm will begin operations from 2024, according to the plan.

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.

Joint project launches wind turbine recycling

WindEurope, Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Council) and EUCIA (the European Composites Industry Association) have created a cross-sector platform to advance novel approaches to the recycling of wind turbine blades. Today, 2.5 million tonnes of composite material are used in the wind energy sector. 

Germany sees boost in offshore wind production

In the first half of 2019, the share of sun, wind and other renewable sources in the coverage of electricity consumption in Germany reached the 44% for the first time, while, in the first half of 2018, the share of renewables in electricity consumption was 39%.

Scottish partnership explores ‘groutless’ anchoring for fish farming

Tidal energy specialist Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd, the Scottish University of Dundee, the marine equipment supplier Gael Force Group; and the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) are exploring the development of a ‘groutless’ anchoring technology for the aquaculture industry.

Polish energy company shifts to offshore wind

The Polish state-based utility Tauron company aims to optimise investments and mitigate its operations in the mining and heating sector, to better focus on renewable energy, including offshore wind. The company announced its goal on increasing the share of low- and zero-emission sources in the production mix to over 65%.

Investment in renewables to overtake oil and gas in Asia Pacific

Renewable energy investment in Asia excluding China will overtake spending on upstream oil and gas projects in the region as soon as next year, with contributions from Australia and other Asian countries such as Vietnam, Taiwan and South Korea, according to Rystad Energy.

The Netherlands to release its largest floating solar farm

The Central Government Real Estate Agency (RVB), Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) and the Port of Rotterdam Authority plan to construct a new floating solar farm in Rotterdam’s western port area. Therefore, they seek for the ideal participant to operate the new facility, which is reported to be the largest of its kind to be ever constructed in the Netherlands. The partners announced that they will organise a market consultation on May 8.

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