Hamburg, Germany – GL Garrad Hassan, part of the GL Group, has been awarded grants by the US Department of Energy (DOE) of $500,000 and $200,000 to fund two studies to identify optimal strategies for the installation, operation, and maintenance of offshore wind farms and to assess the readiness of US ports to meet the needs of the industry. To meet the renewable energy targets of the next century, offshore wind projects hold great promise with steady, strong winds, abundant space and low impacts. These benefits are not without their challenges, however, as developing offshore wind power projects requires significant investment, expertise and a reliable knowledge base. The grants to Garrad Hassan are part of a broader DOE offshore wind initiative, which has awarded over $43 million for projects aiming to accelerate technical innovations, lower costs, and shorten the timeline for deploying offshore wind energy systems. GL Garrad Hassan will undertake a detailed analysis of the current and future needs of the U.S. offshore wind industry for port facilities, by examining the suitability of ports to meet the technical requirements of the industry for the assembly, construction, and operational staging of offshore projects. This study will also identify gaps in the capability of individual ports to service regional offshore projects and identify potential investment opportunities to boost this capacity.
Gamesa Technology Corp., a global wind energy company, and the shipbuilding operations of Northrop Grumman Corp., America's largest shipbuilder, launched the Offshore Wind Technology Center to jointly develop the next generation of offshore wind systems that will be deployed in the United States and around the world. Plans call for the development of North America's first offshore wind turbines by late next year.
Engineering company OSBIT Power (OP) has been confirmed as a successful bidder to a major Government scheme to support manufacturers developing next generation offshore wind technology. OP, based in Riding Mill, Northumberland has been awarded a £615,000 grant to help develop its MaXccess offshore wind access technology to facilitate safe personnel transfer from the larger dynamically-positioned vessels expected to be used on future offshore wind projects.
DONG Energy and Siemens Energy sign to supply & service 300 offshore wind turbines for installation offshore UK The framework agreement is in regard to the supply and servicing of a total of 300 offshore wind turbines of 6 megawatt each, yielding a total capacity of 1,800 megawatt. The turbines will be installed at selected DONG Energy offshore wind farms in the UK in the period 2014-2017. Under the framework agreement, Siemens Energy will design, manufacture, supply
According to reports, the waters of the Great Lakes, near the shores of Canada, may soon be home to offshore wind power. The Province of Ontario's Ministry of Natural Resources has lifted a deferral on applications to produce offshore wind power in the province's waters. This decision came after the province took steps over the past year to obtain the best available information on which to base decisions regarding offshore projects on. These steps have included partnering with the U.S
Dong Energy A/S plans to invest about $1.8 billion a year on offshore wind projects to offset a “challenging” environment for gas plants, as it ceases to build new coal power facilities, its chief said. That’s about what the world’s largest developer of offshore wind parks spent last year on turbines installed at sea. “We think that is around that level we will be working at in the coming years,” said Anders Eldrup
Siemens contracted by Germany's wpd group to supply & install 80 wind turbines for the Butendiek offshore wind power plant. The agreement also covers a long-term maintenance contract for a period of ten years, the first of its kind for an offshore wind project. Siemens is to provide a new logistics concept that includes a service operation vessel specially developed for deployments to offshore wind facilities. The order volume including service is more than EUR 700-million.
Global Marine Systems announced Kim Wichmann-Hansen as President of Global Marine Energy, a division focused on Subsea Electrical infrastructure for the Offshore Wind and Energy Transmission markets, as well as Subsea Umbilical and Cable Transportation & Installation for the Offshore Oil & Gas industry. “Despite tough economic conditions around the world, we believe that investment in non-polluting energy sources such as offshore wind must and will continue
Portugal's first offshore wind turbine inaugurated by Energias de Portugal, Repsol, Principle Power, A. Silva Matos (ASM), Vestas Wind Systems A/S & InovCapital The turbine is installed on an innovative floating foundation called the WindFloat. In addition to being the first offshore wind turbine in Portugal, this is the first offshore wind turbine to be installed without the use of any heavy lift vessels or piling equipment at sea
Plans for a giant wind farm off the coast near Brighton advance as developer E.ON submits initial planning application to the Government. The energy giant, which was granted the rights to the Hastings Round 3 offshore wind development zone back in 2010, withdrew its first application for a development consent order (DCO) late last year after it emerged it had failed to consult neighbouring councils in Sevenoaks and Surrey, reports REVE.
The company says it created history in marine and offshore operations when they lifted the 10,000-tonne topside of the first gravity base of the semi-submersible (and world’s largest offshore HVDC platform structure) 'DolWin Beta' to a height of 52.8 metres from the dock bottom.
As Congress considers extending critical federal incentives for wind energy this month, leaders from the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority, the City of Norfolk, and the Virginia Ship Repair Association joined Environment Virginia to detail the economic and environmental benefits of
Maersk Training has announcement the appointment of David Bowyer as new Head of Training and Education. David joins the senior management team to oversee all aspects of training, following recent growth in the number of delegates attending their courses.
The government is to make big changes to the way it subsidises renewable energy, with subsidies for windfarms set to rise at the expense of onshore options, reports BBC News. The BBC reports Government ministers as stating that they will cut support for onshore wind and solar energy
Stuart Cameron, who was previously managing Maersk Training in Newcastle, will now oversee both UK training centres in Aberdeen and Newcastle, and will be responsible for driving further the company’s expansion plans in the growing UK Oil & Gas, Maritime and Offshore Wind sectors.
The offshore wind industry needs between EUR90 and EUR123 billion by 2020 to meet its 40 GW target , and equity and debt providers are willing to invest, but they fear regulatory instability considers the the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).
Transformer manufacturer CG has received certification from GL Renewables Certification (GL RC) for its liquid immersed SLIM and “Bio-SLIM distribution transformer.” The hermetically sealed transformer is also available with a bio-degradable transformer fluid which reduces the risk of
Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) and Royal Volker Wessels Stevin N.V. (VolkerWessels) have combined their forces in the field of offshore cable installation by establishing a 50/50 joint venture. Boskalis and VolkerWessels each hold a 50% stake in the joint venture Visser & Smit
DNV GL is initiating a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to provide guidance on an alternative means of personnel transfer onto offshore installations, sometimes referred to as 'Walk to Work' (W2W). Background The “Walk to Work” (W2W) approach
Specialist overwater drilling and marine construction contractor Fugro Seacore is building a pile top drill, the T120, for the offshore wind farm market to assist with monopole installations of up to eight meters diameter. Their current big drill has 90 metric tons of rotational torque; the new
CWind, a provider of services to the offshore wind industry, has announced a second of its vessels, the CWind Resolution due to be named later today in Brightlingsea, has gained the new class notation ‘Wind Farm Service Ships’ introduced by Bureau Veritas earlier this year.
Offshore renewable energy will be very much on the agenda when the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) holds the first ever meeting of its long-established Europe & Africa Section in Germany. With speakers from Technip, the German Shipowners Association, German Shipbuilders
The Switch, a manufacturer of permanent magnet generators and full-power converters, announced that its 8.6 MW permanent magnet generator (PMG) for offshore use passed initial no-load testing. The massive drive train component is scheduled to undergo complete full-load tests in the upcoming weeks
A new training program has been launched by Maersk Training that aims to minimize incidents through human error in marine environments. The course is designed to help offshore workers understand the impact of the human error in marine incidents
A consortium comprising of Marubeni (project integrator), the University of Tokyo (technical advisor), Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan Marine United, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation, Hitachi, Furukawa Electric