wind farms

NYSERDA uses floating LiDARs in New York Bight

The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced that they deployed two floating LiDARs in the New York Bight with the aim of studying metocean conditions. The Authority will use the metocean buoys on the offshore wind sector, as they are equipped with environmental and wildlife sensors. 

Ireland wants environmental surveys for floating wind turbine

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland informed that it has launched a tender, with which its seeks environmental surveying services to develop a floating offshore wind turbine at the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site. Anyone interested must submit applications until 26 August by 12:00 local time. The duration of the contract is 27 months, with no options for renewal.

Japan designates offshore wind areas

Japan has designated eleven potential areas as suitable for the development of offshore wind farms. The areas have been identified jointly by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and the Port Authority of Japan.

Northern Ireland not suitable to accommodate offshore wind farms

Northern Ireland’s coastline cannot be used for offshore wind farm development, because of potential objections to how they would look. The findings were presented in a Department of Economy report. The report said the ‘visual impact’ to potential sites located within 13km of the shore would be a ‘significant issue’.

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.

Europe installs 1.9 GW of offshore wind in first half of 2019

Europe added 4.9 GW of new wind energy capacity in the first half of 2019, according to figures released by WindEurope. The overall installations of new onshore and offshore wind capacity is up from the same period last year (4.5 GW). 1.9 GW of new offshore wind was installed in the first half of the year, an increase from the 1.1 GW added in the same period in 2018.

Louis Dreyfus wins its first offshore wind contract in France

French maritime solutions provider Louis Dreyfus Armateurs Group announced that, through its subsidiary Louis Dreyfus TravOcean, has signed its first contract related to the development of offshore wind farms in France. This came after Louis Dreyfus TravOcean won an international tender earlier in July.

Lithuania to establish foundations for wind power in Baltic Sea

In order to achieve Lithuania’s strategic renewable energy targets and exploit the possibility of offshore wind in the Baltic Sea to this end, scientists from Klaipėda University commissioned by the Ministry of Energy performed a comprehensive analysis of offshore wind development in the Baltic Sea.

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.

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