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European Commission greenlights four floating demonstration offshore wind farms in France

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.

Wind energy accounts for the 14% in EU electricity

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.

Trio establishes Japan’s first offshore wind energy fund

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.

World’s biggest wind farm produces power

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.

Slufterdam wind farm to produce double power under new partnership

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 The 17 wind turbines in the farm that have been supplying energy since 2002, have been replaced by 14 more efficient wind turbines.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.

UK achieves a record amount of electricity by wind energy

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.

Partnership on new centre for doctoral training for wind and marine energy

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 join forces on offshore wind project

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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