Category: Wind

Using lidar to solve the challenges of offshore wind farms

As global interest in wind energy continues to grow, an increasing number of projects are looking out to sea, where the vast ocean expanse allows offshore wind farms to cover more area, erect larger turbines and generate more energy. Offshore wind is expected to constitute 20% of total wind energy installations by 2025. While Europe… Read more »

Fichtner and SeaRenergy as the Platform Support Team for TenneT

Following an EU tender against international competition, a consortium consisting of Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG and SeaRenergy Offshore Holding GmbH & Cie. KG has been awarded a contract by TenneT covering design reviews for checking, commenting on and approving designs and documents within the scope of the project BorWin5 to deliver and construct the… Read more »

Makita order marks Japanese debut for ABB’s A255-L turbocharger

Japanese engine builder Makita has selected ABB’s latest low-speed turbochargers for an engine being built for a chemical tanker, marking the first time that a Japanese-built engine will feature the compact, powerful A255-L turbochargers. The turbochargers will be applied on a 6S40ME-B9.5 engine built by Makita which manufactures MAN engines under the license. The A255-L… Read more »

Sulzer Schmid closes Series B round to drive its transition from tech start-up to major enterprise

Sulzer Schmid, a Swiss company pioneering UAV technology for wind rotor blade inspections, announced today that it has completed a series B round. The company achieved significant growth in 2020, with the addition of six new countries to its portfolio. It carried out its largest ever inspection campaign covering 1,500 wind turbines for Vestas NCE…. Read more »

Enabling data to drive the future of offshore robotics

Vaarst, the new technology spin-off company from Rovco launched March 2021, with the vision to bring artificial intelligence, machine learning and autonomy to all offshore robotics. Enabling the integration of their technology into all robotic vehicles, both new and as a retrofit solution to existing ROVs. A technology company borne from a services business Rovco,… Read more »

Tech disruption in offshore wind

Think of a future where the offshore wind supply chain connects in real time. Picture a wind turbine technician installing, maintaining, and fixing components with the support of shore-side staff connected through their eyes and ears. The experts are supporting the technicians through every step of a critical job. Envision the crew of a CTV… Read more »

A giant with a brain

Smart turbines: embedded intelligence is the next engine growth factor for the automotive industry. Specialists estimate that in less than 10 years, the software element will represent 60% of the value of a vehicle, compared to 20% today. When you think about the pace of change in the wind industry today, we can expect a… Read more »

Fully protected

The offshore wind energy industry has seen enormous growth in recent years and it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. Those in the industry will know the stats: the offshore wind energy market is forecast to reach $42bn by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 13.6% from 2020 to 2025. The focus for… Read more »

A holistic approach to wind energy

Kaveh Etemadi, Managing Director, ROBUR Wind GmbH and Director Global Sales of the whole Business Unit ROBUR WND, spoke to PES about his holistic vison and approach to wind: turbines, assets and services. This company offers a total package throughout the life of a turbine, with training and H&S permeating every aspect. Firmly established in… Read more »

Supply chain success is critical for offshore wind

As applicants prepare submissions for Crown Estate Scotland’s ScotWind programme, the leasing round for offshore wind farms in Scottish waters, our industry must sharply turn its attention to the formation and delivery of successful supply chain partnerships that will enable us to apply our knowledge of developing wind power whilst taking learnings from the long-established… Read more »

In search of carbon-neutral maritime transport

The Danish shipping company MHO-Co is heading a consortium focused on developing green solutions for the future of the entire maritime industry. In partnership with Danfoss, Ballard Power Systems Europe A/S, Sterling PlanB, Stuart Friezer Marine and research engineers from Aalborg University, they will test fuel cells and new battery technology on the shipping company’s… Read more »

Enabling emission reducing wind solutions with smart green shipping

In October 2020, the UK government announced a target of 1GW of floating offshore wind by 2030, which combined with a 60% target for local content set by the UK Offshore Wind Sector Deal, sets manufacturing sites around the UK with a requirement for a significant scale up in fabrication. This provides a real challenge… Read more »

Location is key to tapping into the utility data goldmine

Currently there is an abundance of data. A recent report from GlobalData highlighted how the ever-increasing deployment of smart devices and technologies within smart energy grids is creating an exponentially growing pool of utility big data. In fact, utilities are increasingly implementing technologies such as cloud computing, machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, blockchain,… Read more »

Firmware development methodology designed to simplify wind turbine converter validation and certification

As more wind energy is connected to the grid, ensuring the correct electrical performance of the wind turbine is critical, to maximise production and also ensure the safe operation of the grid. The power converter is the active component connecting the turbine to the grid. As the interface between the two, the power converter is… Read more »

Game-changing feeder solution integrates proven technology to support alternate T&I model

The first wind turbines were often installed using existing jack-ups, originally built for civil construction or oil and gas service markets. Then the industry invested in a fleet of purpose-built wind turbine installation vessels (WTIV) jack-ups. Now, current trends and developments in the offshore wind industry are shaping the installation fleet of the future. An… Read more »

Reassessing a wind farm’s potential

Abstract: The ever-growing database of offshore wind farm production data provides the opportunity to improve the understanding of wind energy potential at existing and future sites significantly. In principle, the wind turbines provide a dense measurement system of the wind conditions. These need to be distinguished from all other factors that drive production at the… Read more »

The 8 most important considerations when selecting your next hydraulic torque wrench

Operating and maintaining a single generating station or wind farm and distributing that power in an ever changing and highly regulated market is an enormous challenge. Utility leaders are under constant pressure to meet rising demands, maintain regulatory compliance, shift to a diverse energy mix, and implement sustained cost reductions, without impact to quality and… Read more »

Moving with the times

PES Wind love the fact that Amanda Gardiner, Managing Director at Durham Lifting, grew up around engineering. She is rightly proud of the company’s place in keeping Teesside’s heritage alive. Embracing change and innovative technology, loving a challenge and doing things right, this team is here to stay. PES: Welcome to PES Wind Amanda. It’s… Read more »

Positioning South East Asia for the energy transition

The energy transition is shifting national agendas and is cutting across all industries and markets. As a global hub for innovation, Singapore has built a vibrant ecosystem to advance today’s efforts on energy and climate change. With South East Asia’s energy demand forecasted to grow by 50% by 2050, alternative energy sources need to be… Read more »

Green H2 accelerating the energy transition

In a recent statement, Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency, affirmed his belief that in order to achieve the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement, global low carbon hydrogen production must reach 40 million tons annually by 2030, requiring an almost one hundredfold increase from today’s levels. The European Commission just announced its… Read more »

Wild weather and wind turbines

In November last year, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Mr Boris Johnson, announced an ambitious 10 Point Plan for a ‘green industrial revolution’, which is hoped will create and support up to 250,000 jobs. This plan covers clean energy, transport, nature and the use of innovative technologies. The plan will allow the UK… Read more »

Time to be smart when it comes to bolting

Bolted joint assemblies are a critical part of a wind turbine as they have a direct impact on the structural integrity and the performance of the turbines. Applications can be found in all parts of the turbine such as foundations, tower flanges, nacelle, blades and internal components where the bolted joint must be secured according… Read more »

Challenges in evaluating drone data

Nowadays there is apparently almost no problem that cannot be solved with AI. If cars can even drive completely autonomously, should it not be easy then to find defects and other abnormalities on images from rotor blades of wind-turbines? However, where is the algorithm that detects defects in real time, qualifies them and gives a… Read more »

Unlocking hidden cash in wind energy projects

Whether it’s prototyping, development or experimentation with materials or physical production processes, there’s a wide variety of disciplines involved in advancing wind energy science across all elements of the turbine lifecycle. Even though renewable energy businesses are spending staggering amounts on developing new technologies, very few are actually claiming the hundreds of thousands of pounds… Read more »

72 wind turbines for the 604 MW Kriegers Flak wind farm successfully installed

Jan De Nul completes the installation of the turbines on the largest offshore wind farm of Denmark. Jack-Up Installation Vessel Vole au vent was successfully deployed in challenging soil conditions. Despite the winter weather conditions and extra challenges due to COVID-19, the works were completed ahead of schedule. Jan De Nul Group installs a total… Read more »

Airswift and Competentia merge to create world’s most comprehensive technical workforce solutions provider

Houston TX, 21st June 2021: Airswift, the global workforce solutions provider, and Competentia, the global recruiting and workforce management specialist, today merge to form one of the world’s foremost workforce solutions providers serving the energy, process, infrastructure, mining and technology industries. The combined entity, which retains the Airswift name, will offer clients a truly global… Read more »

CRP Subsea Awarded Two Contracts by Ørsted to provide NjordGuard Cable Protection

CRP Subsea (formerly Trelleborg Offshore UK) has been awarded two contracts by Ørsted to provide NjordGuard, a cable protection system, for the Borkum Riffgrund 3 and Gode Wind 3 offshore windfarms to be located in the German North Sea. CRP Subsea will provide 223 NjordGuard monopile entry cable protection systems, which will protect all the… Read more »

ENGIE and Deutsche Windtechnik are expanding their Europe-wide cooperation: Service contracts now also cover wind turbines in Poland

ENGIE, as a leader in the energy transition, and the independent service provider Deutsche Windtechnik have expanded their Europe-wide cooperation for the maintenance of wind turbines in recent months, signing several new service contracts for wind turbines since the end of 2019. In addition to wind farms in France, Benelux and Germany, Deutsche Windtechnik began… Read more »

ATLAS A-CLASS new WTIV tailored for large-scale Wind Farm Installations

The latest addition to KNUD E. HANSEN’s Atlas series of wind turbine installation vessels, the Atlas A-class is able to carry four new-generation 14 megawatt wind turbines and is tailored for cost-effective installation of large-scale wind farms. The vessel is specifically dimensioned for transporting and assembling wind turbines on top of pre-installed foundations. This is… Read more »

Amphibious Energy and CORROSION join forces to launch the ICCP-POD

Combination of 2 technologies makes wind power more sustainable CORROSION and Amphibious Energy today announced the launch of the new ICCP-POD, an environmentally friendly alternative to using diesel generators to supply energy during the construction phase of wind turbines, and sacrificial anodes to protect turbine foundations against corrosion. The ICCP-POD combines two advanced technologies. The… Read more »

Chevron Marine Lubricants expands reach in Africa with Akwa Group

Chevron Marine Lubricants will boost its presence in African ports after extending its joint venture with Akwa Group. Chevron is now an equal partner in Afriquia Lubrifiants, with plans to extend the blending, distribution, and marketing business beyond Morocco to markets in sub-Saharan Africa. The enhanced agreement enables the joint venture to manufacture Chevron’s premium… Read more »

Double strike success for BladeBUG in latest offshore wind trials

London, June 2021, Advanced offshore repair and maintenance robot, BladeBUG, has successfully performed the first remotely controlled lightning protection test on an offshore wind turbine, cementing the case for wide adoption of repair and maintenance robots across offshore wind. During a recent test at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s Levenmouth facility BladeBUG was controlled… Read more »

ZF Wind Power celebrates the 3000th SHIFT 4k gearbox on Global Wind Day

The 3000th SHIFT 4k gearbox has been manufactured at ZF Wind Power Lommel (Belgium): the complete 4k-line now powers 14GW of turbine capacity and has enabled 12 million households to switch to renewable energy. New generation SHIFT platforms will unlock even larger opportunities for wind technology. With a contribution of more than 86 percent of… Read more »

GWEC: Global Wind Day signals new era for wind energy as urgency builds towards COP26 in Glasgow

Countries around the world need to urgently scale up deployment of wind power in order to address the climate emergency, according to the Global Wind Coalition for COP26, which officially launches today on Global Wind Day. The world is in a ‘make or break’ decade for climate action, and it is against this backdrop that… Read more »