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 The 17 wind turbines in the farm that have been supplying energy since 2002, have been replaced by 14 more efficient wind turbines.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.
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) issued its first Euro-denominated Green Bond. The sale of €1 billion in 10-year fixed-rate notes will enable CPPIB to invest further in eligible assets such as renewables. Among the Green Bond-eligible investments recently made by CPPIB is a joint venture in renewable power and offshore wind assets.
The US Department of Energy has announced up to USD 28 million in funding for a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) programme to develop new technologies for floating offshore wind turbines using the discipline of control co-design (CCD).
The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) is launching its second round of preliminary investigations of offshore wind farm sites on February 1. Three areas are being investigated on which wind turbines will be operating from 2027 and 2028 onwards. The three areas are located in the German Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the North Sea.
Wind-power producer, Iberdrola SA, has said that Big Oil’s embrace of renewable energy is ‘more noise’ than action. Currently, major oil and gas companies are entering the renewable power sector under pressure from climate-change policy. Nevertheless, Iberdrola Chief Executive, Ignacio Galan has doubts that these actions will turn into reality.
Port of Rotterdam published a statement on a partnership between Pondera Development and SIF Holding Nederland, ‘GE Renewable Energy and Future Wind’, concerning the installation of the first prototype of the Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine at Rotterdam-Maasvlakte in the summer of 2019. The collaboration includes a 5-year-test period and a 15-year period of full operation and maintenance.
The global offshore wind energy market is expected to develop over USD 49.74 billion by 2023 at an estimated CAGR of around 11.12% during the period 2017 to 2023. An important factor of the growth in this sector, is the high demand on clean and reliable energy, aiming to decrease carbon emissions and keep an environmentally-friendly balance.
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