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Salazar Announces Renewable Energy Office

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Minerals Management Service (MMS) will establish a new regional office in 2010 to support renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) off the Atlantic seaboard. “Given the enormous potential for renewable energy development, especially wind energy, in the Mid and North Atlantic,” Secretary Salazar said, “MMS needs a dedicated Atlantic Region office as we plan for offshore renewable energy commercial leasing.” The Atlantic OCS Region will be responsible for evaluating permits for renewable energy activities in an effective, efficient and consistent manner while being responsive to the States, developers and other stakeholders.  The new office will implement and manage the offshore renewable energy program, including leasing, environmental programs, the formation of task forces, State consultation, and post-lease permitting in Federal waters off the East Coast.  In these first months of the Obama Administration, the Department of the Interior created the first-ever framework for offshore renewable energy development and worked with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to clear out bureaucratic obstacles to offshore renewable energy projects.  The Secretary recently awarded the first-ever exploratory leases for offshore wind production on the OCS offshore New Jersey and Delaware. 


Bennett Named BOEM’s Chief for OREP

Jim Bennett (Photo: BOEM)

New leadership for BOEM’s Office of Renewable Energy Programs   The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced James (Jim) F. Bennett as BOEM’s new Chief for the Office of Renewable Energy Programs (OREP), the program responsible for overseeing offshore renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf.   Bennett has 35 years of Federal service and has served in a variety of capacities around the Department of the


Masdar CEO Receives UN Eco Award

Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber,CEO of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, has received this year’s United Nations’ Champions of the Earth Award The award recognises Masdar's work in deploying renewable energy projects including Shams One, a 100MW concentrated solar power plant in Abu Dhabi; London Array, a 1GW offshore wind farm, and Gemasolar, a 20MW concentrating solar thermal plant. Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, Masdar, invests in clean technologies


UK Think-Tank Hosts IDICORE Summer School

Photo credit HR Wallingford

HR Wallingford hosts Industrial Doctorate Centre in Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCORE) participant programme. The IDCORE programme delivered an industry focused course that aims to expand and sustain a community of high-quality post-doctoral staff for the UK offshore renewable energy industry. The HR Wallingford summer school, which is the first of its kind, delivered a mixture of taught sessions, case studies and expert tutorials in offshore renewable energy


ABB Inverters Connect Malaysia’s Largest Solar Plant to Grid

Latest range of inverters will increase renewables’ significance in Malaysia‘s energy mix

   ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has delivered and commissioned key components to integrate renewable energy from Amcorp Power Sdn Bhd’s Gemas 10.25 Megawatt (MW) Solar Power Plant into Malaysia’s electric grid as the country seeks to intensify its reliance on emission-free energy sources. Amcorp Power’s solar plant located in Gemas, Negeri Sembilan, about 100 miles from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur


GDF Suez to Boost Focus on Marine Energy

French utility GDF Suez aims to double its power generation capacity from renewable energy in Europe between 2015 and 2025 and will focus in particular on marine energies, the company said on Tuesday.   GDF Suez, with Spain's Iberdrola and Italy's Enel , is one of the industry leaders in renewable energy investment and has made Europe's energy transition the key plank of its European investment strategy.  


President Requests $364.8M for MMS

With a budget designed to increase America’s energy security by expanding the nation’s energy portfolio and ensuring a fair return for these public resources, the President has proposed $364.8m in funding for the Minerals Management Service (MMS) in fiscal year 2011. While this represents an increase of $16.5m from the 2010 enacted level, the request reflects the President’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and the prudent investment of taxpayer dollars.


IMCA Provides Notes to Offshore Renewable Sector

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The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has produced two information notes – ‘Diving on Offshore Renewable Energy Projects: Regulations and Guidance’, and ‘The Inspection and Auditing of Manned and Unmanned Barges’ which are of use, and interest, to those involved with offshore renewable energy projects. “As an increasing number of our members become involved with the offshore renewable energy sectors, we believe it is useful to them


US Closer to Wave Energy off Oregon

Map of potential ocean wave energy resources (Image: National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Milestone cleared for first marine hydrokinetic research lease offshore the west coast; step in efforts to explore new frontier of wave energy offshore Oregon As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, cut carbon pollution and develop domestic energy sources, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced today it has taken an important step toward issuing a research lease for a facility to test utility-scale wave energy devices in federal waters


Aquarius MAS with Marine Solar Power Installed on Delos

Aquarius MAS CPUAGU being installed on Delos

 Eco Marine Power together with strategic partners has installed an Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS) integrated with a marine solar panel array on-board the Blue Star 'Delos'. The Aquarius MAS has been installed as part of a joint renewable energy project with Blue Star Ferries and the approximately 2kW trial solar array on-board the vessel is now in operation and providing a source of renewable energy for the ship.


Jastram, Eco Marine Sign Agreement

Photo: Eco Marine Power

Eco Marine Power (EMP) has announced that it has entered into a sales and support agreement with Jastram Technologies Ltd. of Canada. This agreement paves the way for EMP to begin offering a wide range of products and services to the Canadian shipping and offshore sector.  


U.S. Senate Starts Debate on Broad Energy Bill

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday began debate on the country's first major energy bill in over eight years, featuring measures aimed at protecting the electric power grid against cyber attacks and speeding the export of liquefied natural gas.


Energy from the Ocean: The Ocean Thermal Energy Converter

A 1MW plant developed by the Korea Research Institute of Ships and Ocean Engineering (KRISO) which will be built for installation off the coast of South Tarawa, Republic of Kiribati, in the South Pacific Ocean.

Despite historic lows in traditional oil and gas energy markets, research and develoment continues in earnest on a number of projects designed to produce green energy. The latest, an Ocean Thermal Energy Converter (OTEC) from KRISO, received Approval in Principle from classification society Bureau


APM Terminals Mumbai Introduces Solar Power

APM Terminals Mumbai solar panels Photo APM

On February 1st APM Terminals Senior Vice President Peder Sondergaard officially inaugurated a new solar power initiative at APM Terminals Mumbai, the busiest container terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNP), at the Port of Mumbai, serving India’s commercial and financial hub.  


Gates to Launch Mega Clean Tech Initiative

Bill Gates Photo Microsoft

  Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates will launch a multi-billion-dollar clean energy research and development initiative on Monday, the opening day of the U.N. climate change summit in Paris, GreenWire reported Friday. Gates and a group of developing and developed countries will agree to


Opportunities for Growth as Chinese Economy Evolves

China invested more than $89 billion in renewable energy projects in 2014 – a growth of 31% on the previous year. Beijing is aiming to generate 200 gigawatts (GW) of electricity from wind and 100 GW of solar by 2020.

The global breakbulk and heavy-lift markets have had to navigate choppy waters in recent years.   Not necessarily due to a shortage of freight, but as a consequence of unsustainably low freight rates. The global economic recovery since 2009 has been slow


Three Specialists join Wood Group

Bob MacDonald, CEO of Wood Group Kenny

  Wood Group has appointed three senior engineering specialists who will lead a new team of up to 20 people in the UK to further build Wood Group’s capability in vibration, dynamics and noise. This follows the acquisition of BETA Machinery Analysis


New Harsh Environment Modules from WAGO

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WAGO announced new additions to its XTR line of harsh environment (-40 °C to 70 °C extreme temperature and 5g vibration resistance) I/O, providing added functionality, delivering Performance Class PLCs, Smart Grid technology and energy monitoring.   


BioWAVE Unit Deployed near Port Fairy

BioWAVE Unit being deployed in Water Photo BPS

  Ocean energy company BioPower Systems (BPS) completed the deployment of its 250kW bioWAVE pilot demonstration unit off the coast near Port Fairy, Victoria.   The $21 million project has been in development by BPS for three years


Statoil Welcomes Paris Agreement

Statoil reports transparently on climate performance and sets ambitious targets for further emission reductions. (Photo Trond Isaksen)

  On 12 December the world’s leaders agreed on an ambitious plan to address climate change. Statoil welcomes the agreement and is well positioned to play our part in the transition to a low carbon future. “Statoil has called for an effective international climate agreement


New Energy Storage Solutions for Marine Hybrid Market

XALT Energy’s newest scalable marine power offering for marine power needs, the XPAND Modular Pack Architecture, will be showcased at the 2016 Electric & Hybrid World Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.   According to XALT Energy, the system’s design provides workboat operators


ARENA Funded Study to Uncover Wave Energy Costs

ARENA) funding  Bombora to complete a detailed cost of energy study Pic ARENA

  The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is providing $181,000 funding to support Bombora Wave Power (Bombora) to complete a detailed cost of energy study for its Wave Energy Convertor (WEC). Bombora’s WEC design uses a responsive rolling membrane fitted to a long concrete


Vattenfall: Subsidy-free Offshore Wind by 2025

Sweden's Vattenfall expects to be able to build offshore wind power projects, one of the most expensive sources of renewable energy, without subsidies by the middle of the next decade, a senior company official said on Thursday. The state-owned utility plans to boost its wind power portfolio in


Port of Rotterdam Sets Record Throughput in 2015

Photo: Port of Rotterdam

 The Port of Rotterdam reported record volumes 466.4m tonnes in 2015 boosted by increased oil trade. Goods throughput in Rotterdam increased by a total 4.9%.   “Low oil prices result in high margins for the refineries, so they have large quantities of oil shipped in for refining


SENER Celebrates 60 Years

Photo courtesy of SENER

The SENER engineering and technology group will celebrate its sixtieth anniversary in 2016. It has grown into a multidisciplinary international group which offers solutions in Aeronautics, Engineering and Construction, and Energy and Environment.






 
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