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Subsea Electrification: Subsea Power Evolves

design of personal submersibles, maximizing the field of view of the spherical cabin and providing an unparalleled unobstructed vista.  SWE SeaSafe II Battery modules enable this vista with battery geometry ¼ the size of some competing batteries yet maintains or expands vehicle battery energy capacity.  Reliability matters to SEAmagine.   SWE SeaSafe II delivers on reliability with up to 8X the life cycle of competitive batteries.  SEAmagine modularity and usability needs are met via the configurable battery sizing and subsea pressure tolerant ease of use of SeaSafe II, which

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European Offshore Wind Capacity up 18%

Europe installed 2.6 GW of new offshore wind energy capacity in 2018, according to statistics released by the European Wind Energy Association, WindEurope. That translates to a 18% increase in Europe’s offshore wind capacity.According to WindEurope, 15 new offshore wind farms came on line. The UK and Germany accounted for 85% of the new capacity: 1.3 GW and 969 MW respectively.Europe now has 105 offshore wind farms across 11 countries with a total capacity of 18.5 GW. This is around 10% of the total installed wind energy capacity in Europe – the rest is onshore.The size and scale of

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Kongsberg Unveils HUGIN SUPERIOR AUV

and diverse environmental sensors.The HUGIN SUPERIOR utilizes sophisticated positioning technology, with in mission standard navigation rated twice as effective as other AUV platforms, including current HUGIN models, the manufacturer said.The new system also comes with a 30 percent increase in energy capacity on board, notably without changing form factor or size. The extra available power can be used to extend mission endurance or maintain current levels of endurance while adding more sensors, increasing productive survey time and contributing to reduced OPEX.“The new HUGIN SUPERIOR AUV System

Kraken Scoops $9 Mln Deep-Sea Battery Contract

endurance is a critical aspect of our operational model. We invested considerable effort in understanding the current state of development in deep sea battery technology. Kraken’s pressure tolerant gel encapsulation process is simply brilliant.  Using their technology, we can increase our energy capacity by over 50 percent in the same physical form factor as our existing conventional batteries. From an operational perspective this gives us considerable flexibility to optimize mission plans, increase area coverage, manage weather impact and ultimately increase value for our customers.&rdquo

Figure 1: The Riptide Family of Compact UUVs (Photo: Riptide)

Taking UUVs Faster, Further & Deeper

boards. It also reduced the internal wire count in the vehicle by 80%, simplifying the vehicle further. This traditional battery based performance is more than adequate for many applications. But it can be improved upon. Riptide is releasing its lithium rechargeable battery pack that doubles the energy capacity (and endurance) of the standard vehicle. Additionally, its standard alkaline battery stack was designed to accommodate multiple battery chemistries, including lithium primary and nickel-metal-hydride cells. With lithium primary cells, the standard micro-UUV can operate for over a week at speed

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Taiwan: The Next Battleground for Offshore Wind

and, with things going on in China, South Korea and other markets, that amounts to it becoming the fastest-growing region globally," said Bausenwein.Falling CostsOffshore wind power is costlier than onshore projects or solar power, and still only accounts for about 3.5 percent of global wind energy capacity.But Europe has been leading the way in using the technology, adding 3 GW last year and taking total offshore capacity to 19 GW, according to the Global Wind Energy Council.Costs have plunged as a result. In last week's auction in Germany, the world's second biggest offshore wind power

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EIA Release Short-Term Energy Outlook

thermal units (MMBtu), 22 cents/MMBtu above the March level. New natural gas export capabilities and growing domestic natural gas consumption contribute to the forecast Henry Hub natural gas spot price rising from an average of $3.17/MMBtu in 2017 to $3.43/MMBtu in 2018.    • Wind energy capacity at the end of 2016 was 81 gigawatts (GW). EIA expects wind capacity additions in the forecast will bring total wind capacity to 102 GW by the end of 2018.       (Source: U.S. EIA)  

Another turbine is installed at the U.S.Block Island site in August 2016 (Photo: Business Network for Offshore Wind)

Partnership Aims to Accelerate US Offshore Wind Ambitions

the U.S. to develop a low carbon energy source, create employment opportunities and increase energy security. The offshore wind sector is expected to grow quickly over the next decade, boosted by a predicted $300 billion investment that will add an approximate 10GW to the nation’s current wind energy capacity. 

Mineman 3rd Class John Stephen-Torres, Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.1, observes data from a MK 18 MOD 2 UUV for a training evolution during a mine countermeasures squadron exercise (SQUADEX) aboard the Bay-class landing dock ship Cardigan Bay (L3009) of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. CTG 56.1 conducts mine countermeasures, explosive ordnance disposal, salvage-diving, and force protection operations throughout the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Jonah Stepanik)

Unmanned Underwater Vehicles: Is Bigger Better?

ships and submarines. The craft’s missions will include ISR, acoustic surveillance, ASW, mine countermeasures, and offensive operations.”   The LDUUV differs from other unmanned underwater vehicles built or evaluated by the Navy in that its large displacement allows for greater energy capacity to support increased persistence. “The greater energy capacity extends the reach of Navy UUVs,” said Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) spokesman Dale Eng.    According to Eng, the LDUUV is planned as an unmanned undersea vehicle to conduct “dull, dirty, dangerous

GDF Suez to Boost Focus on Marine Energy

its European investment strategy.   In 2009 it had aimed to boost its renewables capacity by 50 percent by 2015 - a target it says it will achieve - but now it wants to accelerate its renewables investment drive.   The gas and power group currently operates 17.8 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity worldwide, or 15 percent of its total, of which 7.8 GW is in Europe and 10 GW is outside the region. By 2025 it wants to have 16 GW of renewable power generating capacity in Europe.   Deputy Chief Executive Isabelle Kocher told reporters that by the end of 2015, GDF Suez would have renewables

India Plans First Offshore Wind Power Project

energy needs, with coal fuelling the generation of around three fifths and gas and hydropower most of the remainder. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who oversaw the launch of several solar power plants in Gujarat when he was chief minister of the state, has said India needs to expand its renewable energy capacity to help meet rapidly growing demand. (Reporting by Tommy Wilkes; editing by Jane Baird)  

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