Category: Wind

Strategic Marine announces new 42m Gen 4 Fast Crew Boat

New design offers expanded operating capabilities, lower emissions and fuel efficiency Enhanced safety and comfort features from previous generations Options include motion compensated gangway, gyro-stabilizer and semi-autonomous system Strategic Marine (S) Pte Ltd has announced the launch of its new Aluminium 42m Gen 4 Fast Crew Boat (FCB) design. The vessel comes with a highly… Read more »

CRP Subsea launches new subsea Motion Stabiliser technology to mitigate instability on cables, umbilicals and flowlines

CRP Subsea is launching its new Motion Stabiliser technology, specifically designed to protect cables, umbilicals and flowlines from motion instability and damage from uncontrolled movement. Engineered to mitigate instability in both axial and lateral directions, the unique Motion Stabiliser design includes customisable fins that anchor into the seabed increasing overall resistance. Paul Louvain-Walters, Business Group… Read more »

Simulator set to transform North Sea decommissioning and energy transition projects

An immersive simulation suite that will transform approaches to offshore decommissioning and renewable energy infrastructure projects in the North Sea was officially launched in the north-east of Scotland today (Tuesday, September 21). The simulation suite is located at the National Decommissioning Centre (NDC), a global research and development hub based in Newburgh, Aberdeenshire, which is… Read more »

WinGD takes holistic approach to marine decarbonisation with ecosystem of solutions

Engine developer WinGD has developed an ecosystem of solutions around the main engine that enhances energy efficiency and enables a seamless transition to new fuels – the two keys to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in line with International Maritime Organization ambitions. The WinGD solutions deploy digital vessel optimisation and battery-hybrid energy systems to improve… Read more »

Ridley promises to smash barriers to using subsea robotics in offshore wind

Development of a submersible mothership for large robotics is set to break down innovation barriers to mass adoption of subsea robotics at offshore wind farms Aberdeen technology developer HonuWorx and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult are set to demonstrate a concept for a submersible mothership that will make subsea robotics a sustainable and cost-effective… Read more »

Largest debt fundraising to date

Enpal secures € 345 million funding from BlackRock funds and accounts, Pricoa Private Capital, UniCredit and other institutional investors ● Enpal has raised € 345 million of committed debt from funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, Pricoa Private Capital, UniCredit and other institutional investors. For Enpal, this marks the largest debt fundraising to date. ●… Read more »

New Industry Collaboration to Accelerate Celtic Sea Offshore Wind Development

A new Celtic Sea Cluster will accelerate offshore wind creating more than 29,000 UK jobs and delivering £43.6bn in UK gross value add (GVA)[1] by 2050 and boost industry in Wales and the South West. The Celtic Sea Cluster aims to accelerate floating wind, responding to the growing number of project developers keen to harness… Read more »

K2 MANAGEMENT APPOINTED AS OWNER’S ENGINEER FOR TSV INVESTMENT’S GIA LAI ONSHORE WIND PROJECTS

One of Vietnam’s largest owner’s engineer agreements will cover the Kông Yang (175MW) and Cư An (175MW) projects  Ho Chi Minh City, 20th September 2021 – K2 Management (K2M), a leading renewable energy consultancy, has been appointed as owner’s engineer for two of TSV Investment’s onshore wind projects in Vietnam that will receive support from the United States Agency for International Development… Read more »

Wind industry satisfied after successful on-site trade fair in Husum

About 8,500 trade visitors visited the HUSUM Wind fair / 387 exhibitors and associations draw a positive balance / CEO Klaus Liermann: “The fair was buzzing almost as in normal times” Husum | 17 September 2021 – Today marks the end of HUSUM Wind 2021, the industry’s first major on-site trade fair this year. Around… Read more »

The Scottish Affairs Committee has today (September 17) released a report calling for transmission charges and grid investment to be equally shared across the UK to help strengthen the Scottish renewables sector.

Responding, Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “We welcome today’s report from the Scottish Affairs Committee which calls for a review into the imbalance of transmission network charging across the UK which acts as a barrier to the development of renewable energy technologies in Scotland and affects the ability to invest in a grid… Read more »

Jan De Nul’s safe and sustainable business are recognised by Voka and IADC

The efforts of Jan De Nul Group to always work in a safe and sustainable way have been recognised. Last night, Voka East Flanders honoured Jan De Nul with the Voka Charter for Sustainable Entrepreneurship. Today, Jan De Nul has received the Safety Award 2021 from the sector federation IADC. Voka Charter for Sustainable Entrepreneurship… Read more »

Offshore wind industry publishes route map on repurposing of oil and gas infrastructure for hydrogen

Report provides overview of existing policy and regulatory landscape, cost estimates for necessary supply chain and infrastructure and compares options for onshore and offshore production Report reviews capacity and interest amongst developers to support hydrogen production growth from late 2020s to 2050s Report sets out a series of recommendations for further work as part of… Read more »

£3.3m funding success for offshore wind projects to drive forward maritime decarbonisation

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has successfully won funding for five projects as part of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK. Fifty-five projects successfully secured £23m funding as part of the Competition, announced at an event during London International Shipping Week by… Read more »

RWE’s Sofia windfarm launches educational resources with Tees Valley Education

Renewable energy education resources for primary schools now online Valuable teaching asset for North East as local offshore wind industry set for growth educational resources available to over 20 regional schools RWE has joined forces with Tees Valley Education (TVE), a Teesside primary school trust to launch a series of educational resources to teach students… Read more »

Harland & Wolff Announce Signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Navantia & Windar Renovables

Harland & Wolff, the iconic shipyard with over 160 years of maritime and offshore engineering pedigree has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Navantia and Windar Renovables to target specific fixed and floating offshore wind projects primarily within the UK. The agreement signals a firm commitment from all three parties to actively secure wind… Read more »

Lidar lives

She may have started life in rural England, but today ZX Lidar’s Unit #106 is tramping the complex terrain of Greece, as she helps to pioneer the country’s clean energy transition. ‘Eunice’ may be named after a sea nymph, but she’s really a star when it comes to understanding the wind. Starting life in the… Read more »

A digital world

Stefan Weber, Managing Director of Windsourcing.com returns to PES to discuss the logistics of supplying spare parts and repair products as and when they are needed, wherever that may be. How big a role does digitization and automation play in making all the pieces of the puzzle fit? PES: It is lovely to welcome you… Read more »

Wrestling risk in green projects: take time to think before acting

The increasing attention given to large-scale renewable energy projects over the last five years, has been driven primarily by larger companies. This has included specialist renewable energy organisations, such as Vestas or Orsted, alongside traditional oil and gas companies who are increasing their focus on renewable investment and generation. Some smaller organisations, both upstream energy… Read more »

Upping the stakes: expanding horizons

As wind turbines get bigger, wind parks larger and authorities and safety standards are continuously raised by authorities and energy companies, offshore shipping becomes more and more specialised. PES caught up with Sven Boedewig, Managing Director of Waterworks Offshore Concepts, to find out how modern ship finance is meeting high-quality brokerage to get a fair… Read more »

Lifetime of pipelines transporting H2

Hydrogen is regarded as the alternative energy carrier of the future. However, its transport over long distances calls for a special safety concept. Energy managers wishing to transport hydrogen in existing and new pipelines must furnish evidence of their pipeline’s service life by way of fracture mechanics. TÜV SÜD’s experts supply fracture mechanical analyses as… Read more »

Unlock the full potential of your wind turbines

The phasing out of public subsidies and subsequent reduction of wind energy sale prices has triggered the need for going the extra mile when it comes to optimising the output of wind energy assets. Underperformance or non-optimal operation and power generation are a frequent issue on operating wind turbines. Access to powerful independent information completing… Read more »

Using the correct planning and smart route engineering to open up more seabed real estate for future offshore wind sites

Performing in-depth analysis on over 6,000 surface and sub-surface boulders, examined alongside a vast amount of bathymetry data, enabled OceanIQ Route Engineers to safely plan the array cable routes and seabed preparation plans for the 72 turbine Danish Kriegers Flak site. OceanIQ’s parent company, the Global Marine Group (GMG), was appointed by Vattenfall to deliver… Read more »

Making plans for plain sailing offshore

In July 2021 the UK government published updated requirements for the supply chain plan element of Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction round 4 (AR4). So, as we move forward and prepare for the next round, we must use experience from previous CfD auctions and share insights into key challenges for developers to consider, particularly in… Read more »

Riding the IoT wave for improved workability

Safe and efficient offshore wind operations are reliant on accurate, instantaneous and trusted information from many parameters including environmentals, such as the sea state or weather conditions. With the advance of digitalisation, a considerable volume of data sets is now even more accessible than before. However, while the amount of data is plentiful, analysing and… Read more »

High temperature epoxy resin bushings for windfarm transformers

Turbine designs continue to grow in power size, while reducing the space provided for the transformer in the nacelle area. This presents several challenges in transformer bushing designs, one of which is the considerable increase in the ambient temperature. As a result, H-J has developed a new high-temperature epoxy used on transformer bushings to help… Read more »

US offshore wind energy

Combining European expertise and US content Developing offshore wind energy production facilities presents interesting operational requirements and logistical challenges, especially along the US Northeast Coast. Environmental conditions in the Northeastern US are challenging, harsh and some areas have relatively deep water for production of offshore wind energy. However, GustoMSC does not foresee any insurmountable problems…. Read more »

Tried, tested, improved: adapting and developing processes and assets for the offshore wind industry

With a focus on a greener, cleaner future, governments, environmental charities, energy industry bodies and major energy companies are imposing ambition carbon reduction targets. This has increased the impetus on innovation within the offshore wind industry, and with it, an onus on a reliable and cost-effective supply chain. The International Renewable Energy Agency has reported… Read more »

Hydrogen as an intermediate energy carrier: deep integration unlocks the path to decarbonization of our society

Hydrogen recently emerged as a game changer for the decarbonization of our society. However, its future role needs to be properly defined to avoid both glorification by stakeholders and the perception of it being a ‘golden bullet’ capable of solving all energy issues forever. The use of renewable energies for the ‘green’ power generation is… Read more »

Fiber technology takes shape for blade management

Detecting damage in turbine blades at an early stage can go a long way to ensuring their efficiency is maximised. PES was keen to learn from Fibersail’s Pedro Pinto CEO and co-founder, Carlos Oliveira, co-founder and executive director about the possibilities for using fiber optics in monitoring blade performance and condition. Could it be a… Read more »

Wind turbine construction, installation and maintenance: torque vs tension

Torquing and tensioning are two very different ways to tighten a bolt. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages. A wind turbine can contain as many as 25,000 bolts, with each one contributing towards either the turbine’s structural integrity or how it functions. So, it’s worth knowing how both torquing and tensioning work. Before… Read more »

Lift off for efficient, cost-effective turbine assembly

How do you make sure that safety, effectiveness, price-performance ratio and service are all in good shape in wind turbine installation? Manfred Eberhard, CEO of Germany based ematec AG, enlightens PES on how a new generation of rotor blade lifters may be about to revolutionise single blade assembly from the ground up. PES: It’s great… Read more »

Self containment

Hans Gatzemeier, Managing Director at ELA Container Offshore GmbH, talks PES through the advantages of renting offshore containers, the option to buy and the possibility of liveable models complete with fitness studios, kitchen areas and even somewhere to do your laundry. PES: Hello Hans, the last time we talked together was at the beginning of… Read more »

Safe landings with offshore drone inspections

Drone technology is increasingly being used to good effect in the wind industry, freeing up manpower, reducing downtime and putting personnel safety as a top priority. Alex Hall, Chief Technology Officer, Drone Inspect Services tells PES about how the nuts and bolts of the system work and the benefits of managing the entire inspection process… Read more »

Floating offshore wind an essential component of decarbonisation efforts

With the Paris Agreement strengthening the global response to climate change, countries around the world are facing increasing pressure to phase out carbon-intensive fuels in favour of clean energy. Onshore and offshore wind power, especially large-scale floating turbines, can play a leading role in the clean energy revolution, with global capacity expected to increase tenfold… Read more »

Unlocking floating wind’s potential to deliver £43bn and 29,000 jobs for the UK economy

A new vision for the UK’s floating offshore wind sector has been launched today (Wednesday 15th September), summarising the industry’s current status, its progress towards commercialisation and the key enabling actions required to maximise the economic opportunity from its continued development. As the industry convenes in Aberdeen for Floating Offshore Wind 2021, Industrial Leadership: Unlocking the UK’s Floating Wind Potential has… Read more »