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New Report Outlines Big Potential for Offshore Wind

Energy, published in June.A free webinar will present the report’s key findings on June 17. Sign up here. Growing, with huge potentialGlobally, the total installed energy capacity for both onshore and offshore wind farms at the end of 2019 totaled 651 gigawatts (GW), or about 10% of global electricity generating capacity, according to the WER report. While just 25.5 GW, or less than 0.5%, of that installed capacity is currently located at sea, the rate of new installations offshore has been growing at a much faster rate since 2010: 26% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) compared to 14% for

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Global Offshore's Pre-Lay Plough Passes Kriegers Flak Test with Flying Colors

requirements, up to 1.7m in a large portion of the site.The first of 72 foundations was last month installed at the Kriegers Flak, an area that will become Denmark's largest offshore wind farm.On the foundations, 72 turbines will be mounted to a wind farm with a capacity to cover the annual electricity consumption of approximately 600,000 Danish households.Flying colors for PLP240Commenting on the pre-lay plough, Mike Daniel, Managing Director of Global Offshore said, “We invested heavily in the very best upfront engineering for our PLP240 and had every confidence that the trials would

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A New Role for Service Providers Amidst Energy Upheaval

helps make the overall shared response to the current market conditions more robust.A faster pace of innovationA knee-jerk reaction to the pandemic may be the assumption that a lack of resources will trigger the death of innovation within the sector. However, as we have seen, the demand for renewable electricity continues to grow, and the world has precious little time left to meet societal and regulatory pressures to decarbonize.Some argue that COVID-19 may accelerate some of the innovations the energy market has already been adopting. Again, service providers find themselves at the cutting edge, driving

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The Emerging U.S. Offshore Wind Industry in a Post-COVID-19 World

to take off in the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced one more significant layer of uncertainty upon an already very complicated playing field. There are currently 15 active offshore wind projects in the planning stages which, if completed, could add approximately 25 gigawatts of electricity to the power grid.The State of PlayThings were hard enough already. Cape Wind, the United States’ first – and very ambitious – 130 turbine offshore wind project, died under its own weight after years-long delays caused its energy providers to end power supply contracts for the

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Hybrid AUV Completes Depth of Burial Survey for Offshore Wind Farm

flexibility to change tasks, for example the HAUV can combine depth of burial survey with structure inspection activities to offer further synergy savings in these challenging environments.  This work was critical for the maintenance and operation of the wind farm. Given the crucial importance of electricity to people’s day-to-day life, energy providers have continued working throughout COVID 19 lockdown to keep the lights on. Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm generates enough renewable electricity to meet the equivalent needs of approximately 400,000 average UK homes. It was imperative that

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Deme Offshore Joins Neptune's Hydrogen Project

helps us all to scale up after PosHYdon from 1 MW to 100 MW – a crucial step for further developing offshore wind energy and enabling conversion to hydrogen in the North Sea.“This will be important for wind farms far away from the coast which will be built after 2030, particularly given electricity prices are so low, which could slow down the further development of offshore wind farms. This development is essential to support achieving future climate targets.”Deme expertise in the field of producing green hydrogen was recently underlined with new partnerships signed via subsidiary

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Siemens Gamesa Launches 14MW Offshore Wind Turbine

rotor, 108-meter long blades, and a 39,000 m2 swept area.The 14 MW capacity allows one SG 14-222 DD machine able to provide enough energy to power approximately 18,000 average European households every year. Approximately 30 SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbines could furthermore cover the annual electricity consumption of Bilbao, Spain, Siemens Gamesa said."Offshore is in our DNA,” says Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit. “Since we helped create the offshore wind industry in 1991, we’ve been determined to safely increase operational performance

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HydroWing, Tocardo Working on Tidal-Energy-to-Hydrogen Project

in the oil and gas industry - to overcome the intermittency as well as the transportation issues.The concept called the THyPSO (Tidal Hydrogen Production, Storage and Offloading) includes a floating platform housing 1 – 6 conventional bi-directional tidal turbines converting the tidal flows into electricity, which is directed through an integrated electrolyzer converting the unlimited supply of surrounding seawater "into the energy-dense fuel, and versatile commodity that is Hydrogen."THyPSO has the capacity to hold up to two weeks’ worth of hydrogen production in pressurized storage

Neptune Energy’s Q13a platform, set to be home to a hydrogen production facility under the pilot project. (Photo: Neptune Energy)

Another Partner Joins Dutch Offshore Hydrogen Project

developed in the Dutch North Sea.PosHYdon integrates three energy systems in the Dutch North Sea: offshore wind, offshore gas, and offshore hydrogen and will involve the installation of the hydrogen-producing plant on the Neptune-operated Q13a offshore platform. The plan is for the plant to convert electricity generated by offshore wind farms into hydrogen.As a partner, Eneco will supply simulated wind data from its offshore wind farm, Luchterduinen, to support the project.The data will be used to accurately model the use of electricity generated by the wind farm to power the electrolysis process on

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