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Maersk Partners With Apex for North American Wind Energy

Maersk Line, Limited and Apex Offshore Wind Energy Partner to Bring Offshore Wind Energy to North America.   Apex Offshore Wind, LLC and Maersk Line, Limited today announced that they have established a working relationship to support the development, financing and construction of utility-scale offshore wind energy facilities in North America. Maersk Line, Limited (MLL) is a subsidiary of A.P. Moller-Maersk, a global corporation with a long history of successful operation in offshore energy. MLL has decided to partner with a reputable offshore wind energy firm to collaborate on the development of potential wind energy projects. MLL views offshore wind energy as a way for the company to expand its existing portfolio of maritime technical and transportation services and to build upon its commitment to environmental sustainability. “MLL has chosen to partner with Apex Offshore Wind to speed the process of bringing offshore wind to North America,” said Greg Moore, Vice President of Business Development at MLL. “In Apex, we’ve found a partner that shares our values and entrepreneurial spirit, and that is committed to bringing this promising new energy resource to the continent.”   The Apex Offshore Wind management team has been working to develop offshore wind energy projects in North America for over 9 years. Apex sees significant potential for the industry’s growth and supports the U.S


US Offshore Wind Energy: First-Ever Lease Sale

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Historic auction leases nearly 165,000 acres offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts for wind energy development, to advance President’s Climate Action Plan. The provisional winner of the’s lease sale, which auctioned two leases for a Wind Energy Area of 164,750 acres offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts for wind energy development, is Deepwater Wind New England, LLC. When built, these areas could generate enough combined energy to power more than one million homes.


AMSC Continues Sales Growth in Wind Energy Market

American Superconductor Corporation has received new orders for its D-VAR voltage regulation systems for wind farms in Northern Ireland and Texas. With these additional orders, AMSC now has an installed base and orders for D-VAR and PowerModule solutions to serve more than 2,900 megawatts (MW) of wind power worldwide - nearly triple the amount served by AMSC 12 months ago. According the British Wind Energy Association


Initiative to Speed Offshore Wind Development

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar launched a “Smart from the Start” wind energy initiative for the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf to facilitate siting, leasing and construction of new projects, spurring the rapid and responsible development of the renewable resource. “The Cape Wind lease is an historic milestone in America’s renewable energy future, but to fully harness the economic and energy benefits of our nation’s vast Atlantic wind potential we need


GE, Dept. of Energy Enter Partnership

GE Global Research in Niskayuna announced it has entered into a $27 million partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy to design a next-generation offshore wind turbine. As part of this new project, GE and the Department of Energy will collaborate on research to develop a prototype of a 5-7 megawatt offshore wind turbine that would be nearly twice today's industry standard, GE said. The research for the new project will be conducted at GE's Global Research Center in Niskayuna during the


US Offshore Wind Projects Get $180M Boost

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Dept of Energy hails initiative to encourage US offshore windfarm development.   As part of a planned six-year $180 million initiative, an initial $20 million will be available this year as the first step in supporting up to four innovative offshore wind energy installations across the United States.  Secretary Chu said: "The new offshore wind energy initiative announced today will help to catalyze the development of offshore wind in America, supporting U.S


Taiwan Offshore Wind Farm Research Project

Taiwan MOU Signing: Photo credit GL Garrad Hassan

GL Garrad Hassan signs MOU with Taiwanese Industrial Technology Research Institute to develop Taiwan's offshore energy strategy. The offshore wind resource around the Taiwanese coast is considered excellent, with more than 6,000MW potential capacity at water depths of less than 50m. Earlier this year the Taiwanese government announced an extensive plan to speed up the deployment of offshore wind farm and promote green energy economics


Millions of Euros for EU Wind Energy Projects

The European Commission launches a call for renewabke energy project funding under NER300. The wind categories have remained the same as for the first call, and include offshore wind farms with very large turbines, floating offshore turbines and onshore wind turbines for complex terrains and cold climates. 
 NER300 is the EU's funding programme for innovative demonstration projects for renewable energy and carbon capture and storage (CCS)


Offshore Wind Investment Survey – Summit Planned

A  'Wind Energy Update' survey identified key factors determining investor's choice of contracts; an offshore wind risk summit is planned “Experience of the team” was recently named as the principal trait to accumulate capital for current offshore wind projects as found in Wind Energy Update’s survey on offshore wind investment and finance. Further to this, survey participants also saw that: ”the use of proven technologies’’ and the


Nantucket Sound Cape Wind Energy Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with regard to the proposed Cape Wind Energy Project on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound. The project, if approved, would involve installation and operation of 130 wind turbine generators, an electric service platform, and associated cable in the Nantucket Sound area. Public meetings will be held in Oak Bluffs (December 6), West Yarmouth (December 7), Nantucket (December 8)


ABB wins Brazil $30 mi Wind Farm Order

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  ABB has won orders worth around $30 million from Casa dos Ventos, a leading renewables company in Brazil, to provide substations and related power infrastructure enabling the efficient integration of power from two new wind complexes (comprising 13 wind farms) into the country’s


BOEM Issues Offshore Wind Energy Research Lease

 BOEM issues first wind energy research lease in Federal offshore waters   The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has executed a wind energy research lease with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME), BOEM announced today.


Offshore Wind’s Effect on Coastal Tourism

Developing an economic baseline for recreation and tourism on the Atlantic Coast   The United States’ development of offshore wind facilities might severely impact the many regions along the nation’s shores that rely on coastal tourism and recreation as key economic contributors


BSM Takes Management of Two SOVs

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BSM is to take on the ship management of two new ULSTEIN SX175 Service Operation Vessels (SOVs), ordered as part of a WINDEA joint venture involving its parent company Bernhard Schulte. Both vessels are to be built at the Ulstein Verft shipyard in Norway and will be operated by Bernhard Schulte


Europe's Offshore Wind Capacity Growing

File image: an offshore wind farm (Siemens)

New capacity edges down 5 pct from record 2013; industry body forecasts stable growth over 2015/6. Europe's offshore wind capacity kept up a steady rate of growth in 2014 and should expand at a similar pace on average over the coming two years, an industry report said on Friday.


Boost for Offshore Wind Energy

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As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources and cut carbon pollution, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Hopper today announced the release of an


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


Abigail Ross Hopper Named BOEM Director

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today named Abigail Ross Hopper as the Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which manages the development of our nation’s conventional and renewable energy and marine mineral resources on the Outer Continental Shelf.  


Hytorc Aid Testing of Large Turbines

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  Clemson University has recently taken the lead for making strides in large-scale wind turbine energy testing and construction, as the organization is in the process of completing their revolutionary new testing facility, the Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI)


Andrews to Lead CWind’s O&M Division

Lee Andrews has been appointed as CWind’s new global head of operations for maintenance and asset management (O&M) services.   Andrews joins CWind from Siemens Energy where he started his career as an apprentice technician 25 years ago and progressed through increasingly senior


Regulatory Okay for UK Offshore Wind Farm Extension

Existing wind farm has 367 MW capacity; extension is for a further 750 MW capacity. The British government has given consent for an offshore wind farm off Cumbria in the Irish Sea to be extended, Britain's Planning Inspectorate said on Friday, tripling its total electricity generation capacity


UK Offshore Wind Farm Gets Okay for Growth

File Photo: a Siemens Offshore Wind Farm

Existing wind farm has 367 MW capacity; extension is for a further 750 MW capacity. The British government has given consent for an offshore wind farm off Cumbria in the Irish Sea to be extended, Britain's Planning Inspectorate said on Friday, tripling its total electricity generation capacity


Denmark Plans to Phase Out Coal by 2025

Denmark emissions fell 25 per cent from 1990 to 2012,

  Denmark should ban coal use by 2025 to make the Nordic nation a leader in fighting global warming, adding to green measures ranging from wind energy to bicycle power, Denmark's climate minister said on Saturday. Denmark has already taken big steps to break reliance on high-polluting


New Liebherr Mixing Tower to Boost Wind Energy

Handover of the Liebherr mixing tower at the opening ceremony, from left to right Reinhold Kletsch (Liebherr), Michael Barthel (Liebherr), Stefan Bögl, Johann Bögl, (both Bögl) Mark Figel (Liebherr), Anton Gloßner (Bögl).

  The Max Bögl Group of Companies acquired a new Liebherr mixing tower for production in Osterrönfeld, Germany. An inauguration party celebrated commencement of operations on 16th of July, 2014 for the newly-established precast concrete factory and the concrete mixing plant


Two More Damen Twin Axe Catamarans for SeaZip

SeaZip 1 (Photo: Damen)

Damen Shipyards and SeaZip Offshore Service signed another contract for two Damen Fast Crew Suppliers (FCS) 2610 at Wind Energy in Hamburg. The two new vessels, to be named SeaZip 3 and SeaZip 4, will be mobilized in transporting personnel and small quantities of freight to North Sea offshore wind






 
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