Monday, February 20, 2017

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Sonardyne Wins in Innovation for 6G

success resulting from outstanding innovative achievements by businesses in the UK. These are conferred by HM Queen Elizabeth II, on advice of the Prime Minister, and are the highest award a UK business can receive.     Launched in 2010, Sonardyne’s award winning 6G (Sixth Generation) technology platform was judged to have addressed users’ needs for underwater technology that is low risk, versatile and easy to use. Its performance over the previous generation technology can be likened to the difference between analogue and digital mobile telecommunications. 6G products

Pioneer

Teledyne RD Instruments Extends DVL Line

of two new doppler velocity Log (DVL) product lines to round-out the company’s expanding underwater navigation capabilities. Building on the company’s industry standard Workhorse Navigator and Explorer line of DVLs, the Pathfinder and Pioneer products represent the latest in its next generation technology. The Pathfinder DVL utilizes a piston head transducer, similar to the Navigator, and the Pioneer utilizes a phase array transducer, similar to the Explorer DVLs. However, the Pioneer and Pathfinder DVLs utilize the company’s new next generation electronics, which offer the following

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Lockheed Martin in Australian Wave Energy Project

Lockheed Martin says it has signed a contract with Victorian Wave Partners Ltd. to begin developing the world’s largest wave energy project yet. The 62.5-megawatt peak power wave energy generation project will be built off the coast of Victoria, Australia, using Ocean Power Technologies' (OPT) PowerBuoy® wave energy converter technology. The company’s PowerBuoy wave generation technology uses a "smart," ocean-going buoy to convert wave energy into low-cost, clean electricity. The buoy moves up and down with the rising and falling of waves. This mechanical energy drives an

PelaStar Model Testing: Photo courtesey of Glosten

Offshore Wind Floating TLP Model Tests Complete

the project: building and installing the full scale 6MW floating turbine,” William Hurley, PelaStar Director and Glosten program lead, commented. Andrew Scott, Programme Manager, Offshore Wind at ETI said: “Offshore wind must be affordable and cost competitive with alternative generation technologies. The ability of large floating turbines to access near-to-shore, high wind speed sites off the coast of the UK and elsewhere in the world could bring down the cost of electricity generation for the long term, helping to ensure that low carbon energy from offshore wind achieves costs

The completed SEA connection fully tested on deck ready for deployment (Photo: Cohort plc)

SEA Installs New Tech for Biscay Marine Energy Park

power and maintain control and monitoring of their devices.    Managing Director Steve Hill said that SEA is driving towards the goal of standard economical connections, but is able to deliver a variety of bespoke solutions while the industry continues to adapt and develop power generation technologies.    He commented, “The power connection technology developed by SEA is readily transferrable from Oil and Gas into Marine Renewables and we are proud to have led the way on this work in Scotland and internationally.&rdquo

GE O&G Wins Two Technology Awards at OTC

required to actuate the blades and/or sealing elements. This proven technology provides new data on the operational performance of the BOP that can be used in trending and prognostics in a way that mechanical systems cannot provide. Deepwater BOP Blind Shear Ram. GE Oil & Gas has developed next-generation technology for shearing and sealing wellbore tubulars (casings and pipes). The patent-pending 5K Blind Shear Ram is designed for use in GE’s ram BOPs for offshore drilling and has demonstrated the capability to shear 6-5/8 inch S-135 drill pipe tool joints while achieving a wellbore seal

Drive train at NAREC

ABB Drive System in UK Tidal Turbines R&D

(NAREC) is powered by a state-of-the-art ABB drive system. The $20 million facility is part of the UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in the north of England. Narec is a government-backed center for researching, developing and testing renewable energy and low carbon power generation technologies such as wind, solar, tidal and wave. At the heart of the Nautilus test facility is a state-of-the-art ABB drive system that powers and speed-controls the drive train and enables it to operate with precision and energy efficiency. The solution comprises a broad range of ABB technologies

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Foster Wheeler Wins Contract For Retrofit-SCR System

retrofit-SCR project awarded in Europe is indicative of Foster Wheeler’s competitiveness in environmental technology in the region,” said Tomas Harju-Jeanty, Chief Executive Officer of Foster Wheeler Energia Oy Group. “Due to the significant economic benefit of using coal for power generation, clients are choosing Foster Wheeler to provide high value solutions to improve their plants’ environmental performance.” “TSE-Naantali Oy has made a decision to continue the operation of Naantali unit 3 in parallel with the new Naantali unit 4 combined heat and power plant

Japan Gains Edge in Australia Submarine Deal

 Australia and Japan appear to be inching closer to an agreement on the sale the top-secret technology from Japan to build a fleet of new generation submarines. Size, technology and stealth are proving too great a draw for Canberra.   Australia is considering buying top-secret technology from Japan to build a fleet of next-generation submarines, a move that would risk reigniting diplomatic tensions with China that have only recently died down, says a report in Japan Times.   China and Japan are competing to build up their domestic arms industries, and for China, the export of

Fifth-Generation OCTANS Launched

iXBlue unveiled its fifth-generation OCTANS for survey-grade navigation. The new OCTANS is an all-in-one gyrocompass and motion sensor (attitude and heading reference system, AHRS) and brings in new and enhanced features, including IMO/IMO-HSC certification and inertial navigation system (INS) product upgrade-path. The fifth-generation OCTANS gives marine customers more product variant choices, expanding its surface and subsea product range. OCTANS is built on iXBlue’s strap-down fiber-optic gyroscope (FOG) technology. Fifth-generation OCTANS customers will benefit from a new offer of 5 year

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Hydroid Introduces the New Generation REMUS 100 AUV

Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime unveiled the new generation of the REMUS 100 AUV.    The new generation REMUS 100 AUV offers advanced core electronics, a flexible navigation suite with an exclusive conformal Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) and an open architecture platform for advanced autonomy. The vehicle was created over a period of two years, and is designed based on feedback from the world’s largest AUV user community. “The New Generation REMUS 100 AUV has impressive capabilities not previously seen on a man-portable vehicle,” said Duane Fotheringham

MHI's NewTurbine Nascelle: Photo credit MHI

New Large-scale Offshore Wind Power Generation System

(MHI)  in September last year to develop a hydraulic drive train system for offshore wind turbines, which is supported by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). The event marks a world's first operation of a large-scale hydraulic drive train type wind power generation system applying MHI's Digital Displacement Transmission technology. Leveraging the test results, MHI will accelerate its development of an offshore wind power generation system in the 7-megawatt (MW) class, with installation and operation slated to begin at Hunterston, in the UK, within the current

TE SubCom Installs New Undersea Systems

TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company in undersea communications technology, today announced it has successfully completed the second installation of its next generation coherent fiber optic subsea system and achieved 13 Tb/s capacity over a distance of 6,500 km without any regeneration. The new system is a pan-Asian system with a longest path of over 6,500 km. This system joins TE SubCom’s first coherent system which was approximately 1,350 km. These two subsea systems demonstrate the next generation in coherent transmission that will enable both today’s capacity needs while being

The Technology Qualification certificate was signed at the British Embassy in Copenhagen on July 12. From left to right: Per Langer, Chairman of AW-Energy; Christopher Ridgewell, Chief Technology Officer of AW-Energy; John Liljelund, CEO of AW-Energy; Thomas Thune Andersen, Chairman of Lloyd’s Register; HE Vivien Life, the British Ambassador to Denmark; and Ross Wigg, Vice-President Renewables of Lloyd’s Register (Photo: Lloyd’s Register)

LR Awards First Technology Qualification for Ocean Energy

Innovative renewable technology gives confidence to a new form of approved ocean energy power generation.   Following more than two years of cooperation, Lloyd’s Register has awarded its first Technology Qualification certificate to a developer of ocean energy technology, AW-Energy in Finland.   The Technology Qualification certificate was presented in person by the Chairman of Lloyd’s Register, Thomas Thune Andersen, to the CEO of AW-Energy, John Liljelund, and in the presence of the British Ambassador to Denmark, HE Ms. Vivien Life, at the British Embassy in Copenhagen on

Digital Generation to Enhance O&G Production, Safety

BP poll shows delegates at SPE Intelligent Energy International 2013 believe the digital generation will enable emerging technologies to optimize production and enhance safety management. Oil and gas industry professionals believe that the digital generation will enable emerging technologies to optimize production and enhance safety management, according to a poll conducted today at the SPE Intelligent Energy International 2013 exhibition in Dubai. 93% of participants backed the benefits of digitalization while 7% disagreed. The poll was conducted by BP on the final day of IE2013, which is

GE Spotlights Hi-tech Portfolio at OTC 2013

;GE’s global scale and deep R&D experience, combined with cross-business technology sharing and innovations from our recent acquisitions uniquely position us to help our customers be more efficient, productive and competitive.” At the conference, GE Oil & Gas introduced the next-generation SeaONYX™ BOP surface control system and operator interface. The new system is designed to control a deepwater blowout preventer, which is used to rapidly seal an oil well in an emergency. The technology incorporates for the first time GE’s Mark™ Vle hardware and Proficy&trade

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Internal Combustion Engines Have Edge on OCGTs: IEA

Cycle Gas Turbines). Commenting on the alternative technologies, IEA notes that "growth in ICE plants actually exceeds that of turbine-based technologies".  The findings were published in IEA's Energy Technology Perspectives 2014. According to IEA, the key asset of engine-based generation is fast starting and ramping capability. Quick reaction time is key to follow the output of wind and solar as closely as possible. International Energy Agency also mentions high efficiency at part-load. The part-loading efficiency penalty at 30 per cent load is zero for combustion engines and

Alion Wins $17.7m DoD Countermine Contract

(DoD) with engineering and science and technology expertise to help defeat improvised explosive device (IED) threats against troops in theater and throughout the world. Alion will support conception, prototyping, improving and experimenting with technologies, devices and systems, bringing next-generation capabilities to counter IED hazards. This includes improving Warfighters’ situational awareness, enabling Soldiers to better identify, defeat and bypass explosive threats. “The services we will provide under the task order will enable the DoD to detect and neutralize explosive hazards

Deepwater Drilling: Photo credit Aker Solutions

Aker Acquire Specialized Drilling Firm

Aker Solutions acquires managed pressure drilling specialist Managed Pressure Operations (MPO). Managed Pressure Operations International, Ltd. (MPO) is a company that has successfully developed the next generation of continuous circulation, riser gas handling and managed pressure drilling systems. The main rationale for using managed pressure drilling is to improve safety and efficiency, enable access to new fields with challenging drilling conditions, and enhance the life of mature fields. Aker Solutions aims to integrate the MPO MPD system in its rig design and will supply the equipment as part

Enteq Unveils Integrated MWD Solution

Extended Exploration Technology (XXT) and KM Services (KMS), two companies acquired by Enteq in 2012. Enteq’s new development supplies an integrated MWD solution for directional, vibration monitoring, gamma and data transmission.  The innovative MWD technology is based on the next generation XXT downhole interface module, drivers and interfaces optimized to work at the highest pressures and temperatures. The Enteq solution also incorporates analog and digital third party interfaces. “Enteq is committed to further evolutions of next generation MWD solutions, and we are investing

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