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New Floating Wind Center Launched

with key stakeholders including Welsh Government, the Celtic Sea Cluster, Opportunity North East (ONE), the Oil and Gas Technology Center (OGTC), the Deepwind Offshore Wind Cluster, Scottish Enterprise, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Crown Estate Scotland.”Sir Ian Wood KT, GBE, Chairman of Opportunity North East said, “With more offshore installations than any other country, the world’s largest floating wind farm and plans for a seven-fold increase in capacity, this is a very exciting time for our offshore wind sector

The Hywind Scotland floating wind farm. (Photo: Øyvind Gravås / Woldcam - Statoil ASA)

World’s First Floating Wind Farm Starts Production

center is located in Great Yarmouth. Linked to the Hywind Scotland project Statoil and partner Masdar will also install Batwind, a 1MWh Lithium battery storage solution for offshore wind energy.   Battery storage has the potential to mitigate intermittency and optimize output.   Crown Estate Scotland leases seabed to renewables developers and works to encourage development and attract investment. Sian Wilson of Crown Estate Scotland said, “The [Hywind Scotland] project is a great success for the teams at Statoil and Masdar and for Scotland, where floating wind could really flourish

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Shepherd Joins Bibby Offshore's Renewables Team

Bibby Offshore, a subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has appointed Dorothy Shepherd as general manager, renewables.   Shepherd joins Bibby Offshore with more than 15 years’ experience in the energy industry. Having spent a significant time at The Crown Estate - a key player in supporting the delivery of energy supply for the U.K. - Shepherd brings with her a wealth of offshore renewables knowledge, including the delivery of new developments and supporting infrastructure.   In her new role, Shepherd will be instrumental in the delivery of new business in the

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World's First Low Velocity Tidal Energy Project

low-flow tidal velocities (1.5–2 m/s mean peak flow) at a depth of 80–100 meters. Following successful deployment and testing of the first installed power plant, more Deep Green devices will be installed to form a tidal energy array. Minesto holds an Agreement for Lease from the Crown Estate for a 10MW installation (20 power plants). In February, Minesto announced its intentions of scaling up the commercial roll-out of its Deep Green technology in Wales. Xodus is supporting Minesto on a scoping report for the potential development of an 80 MW site which would include up to 160 devices

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To Create a Sustainable Future – Digitalize Offshore Energy

capture interdependencies between the interconnected subsystems. Due to these reasons, even with a supposed 25-year design life you only get a five-year warranty. So, it’s a complex system in a remote and challenging environment.”   Creating a Sustainable Industry According to the Crown Estate, typically, 80-90 percent of the cost of offshore O&M stems from the need to get engineers and technicians to remote sites so that they can evaluate and take remedial action. Minimizing the need for human intervention offshore is an essential route to maximizing the potential, and reducing

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OI 2016: Growing Aquaculture Opportunities

of research and practice in the aquaculture field,” explains Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of organisers Reed Exhibitions.  “Professor Peter Davies has interests in fluid mechanics in relation to aquaculture systems; and the involvement of Alex Adrian, Aquaculture Officer for The Crown Estate, reflects that organization’s aquaculture business interests around the U.K. in relation to finfish, shellfish and macroalgae. “Richard Slaski, Managing Director at Epsilon Resource Management Ltd, Executive Director of Fisheries Innovation Scotland (FIS) and Head of the Secretariat

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IMarEST Student Members Win National Awards

P1 Marine Foundation has announced the winners of its 2015 National Student Awards which are supported by The Crown Estate, Marine Conservation Society and the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST).   The overall winner, Alice McNeal, SIMarEST who is currently studying a Bsc in Biological Sciences at University of Exeter, was awarded the top prize for her ground-breaking project ‘Plankton eating plastic: worth worrying about?’ and will receive £1000 to further her research.   The Marine Conservation Society Wakefield Memorial Award went

Forewind Scales Back World's Largest Offshore Wind Project Plans

Bank in Britain's North Sea, which could nevertheless become the world's largest wind project, it said on Friday.   Forewind -- a consortium of energy companies RWE Innogy UK, SSE, Statkraft and Statoil -- gave no specific reason for the decision.   It had secured licenses from Britain's Crown Estate to build six projects at the Dogger Bank offshore zone of 1.2 gigawatts (GW) of electricity each.   The government has given consent for farms to be built at four of the sites but Forewind said on Friday it would not seek consent for the fifth and six.   "These four Dogger Bank

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Dogger Bank Wind Development Consents Total 4.8GW

production activities and a history of offshore support.”   “The consent is a credit to the outstanding efforts made by both the Forewind project team members and the many seasoned consultants and expert suppliers who contributed to the application,” Gjerde added.   The Crown Estate, manager of the U.K. seabed, awarded the rights to develop the Dogger Bank Zone to Forewind in early 2010. Huub den Rooijen, Head of Offshore Wind at The Crown Estate, said, “Today’s announcement marks a great success for the future of the U.K.’s infrastructure development and

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Tidal Energy Fence for UK’s Bristol Channel

of the tidal fence scheme will be up to a 1 kilometer long. Kepler believes that its tidal fences in the future could be 10 kilometers or longer.   Kepler has shared its outline plans with a range of stakeholders including the Department of Energy & Climate Change, the Welsh Government, The Crown Estate and Bristol City Council. It will embark on a wider stakeholder consultation program later this year.   Kepler’s patented turbine technology consists of a stressed truss configuration Transverse Horizontal Axis Water Turbine (THAWT). The Kepler turbine offers significant technological

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