The Social Democratic Party, Denmark’s main opposition party, promised on adding two extra offshore wind projects that are to be commissioned by 2030, in addition to the three already existent projects in the energy agreement from 2018.
The European Commission gave the green light to French plans on supporting four demonstration floating wind farms for producing electricity. The “Groix Belle Ile”project will be located in the Atlantic Ocean, while the other three projects(‘Golf du Lion’, ‘Eolmed’, and ‘Provence Grand Large’) will be located in the Mediterranean Sea.
According to data from WindEurope, wind energy in EU accounted for the 14% of its electricity in 2018, experiencing an increase from 2017’s 12%. The increase was due to continued development in capacity and the use of more powerful turbines are helping to increase wind’s share in the electricity mix.
Sumitomo Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Development Bank of Japan have established their first fund through Spring Infrastructure Capital, a fund management company jointly established by the three companies. The Fund raises money from Japanese investors and finances and invests in offshore wind power projects overseas.
Total, Ørsted and Elicio issued a joint bid for the Dunkirk offshore wind farm project in France, aiming to a power capacity up to 600 MW, on February 18. The bid is Total’s first official entrance in offshore wind and an additional step to sustainability.
The turbine F18 is the first of the 174 Siemens Gamesa 7MW units to be installed at the site some 120 kilometres offshore Yorkshire, UK, and the first to start producing power. The electricity that will be generated by the turbines will pass through one of the wind farm’s three offshore substations, before being transmitted by three high voltage subsea export cables, via a reactive compensation substation (RCS), to shore.
Eneco and Vattenfall will place an enhanced version of the Slufterdam wind farm into service. The 17 wind turbines in the farm that have been supplying energy since 2002, have been replaced by 14 more efficient wind turbines. Consequently, the power has almost doubled from 25.5 MW to 50.4 MW. The 14 wind turbines generate 180 GWh of electricity every year, enough to cover the annual consumption of around 60,000 households.
RenewableUK is highlighting a new record amount of electricity generated by wind. Specifically, wind energy in Great Britain reached 15.32GW on February 8. It provided the 36% of Britain’s electricity demand between 12:15 and 1:45 p.m. local time beating the previous record of 15.04GW set on 18 December 2018.
The new Centre for Doctoral Training is led by Strathclyde University and aims to train researches to PhD level in wind and marine energy. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) after a winning proposal was submitted by the University, a total of 70 researchers will be employed for four years of training and research.
Scotland and New Jersey signed a joint agreement focusing on offshore wind projects, aiming to tackle climate change. They both have set ambitious climate and clean energy targets, recognising the importance of decarbonising the energy sector and in particular the role of offshore wind. The new role focuses on building connections for Scotland in the renewables sector in North America, identifying commercial opportunities in the supply chain and supporting Scottish companies to compete and win business in this emerging market.
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