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Northland Signs Taiwan Offshore Power Deal

. Offshore wind has the potential to transform Taiwan’s economy and environment, creating jobs while helping to foster energy security. This project also aligns with Northland’s commitment to deliver long-term value to shareholders, while supporting the global transition to clean and green energy sources."Northland and Yushan Energy are also engaged in developing the Hai Long 2B and Hai Long 3 offshore wind projects in Taiwan. In June 2018, these projects were allocated grid capacity for connection in 2025 under Taiwan’s auction program and are expected to execute their respective

“We are moving autonomous technologies into vehicles that have always been "remotely operated" or even manned to realize more efficiency and capability.  We are really blurring the lines between "ROV" and "AUV" and minimizing the technical difference between manned and unmanned. ”
Ben Kinnaman, CEO, Greensea Systems, Inc."

Subsea: The Future of Unmanned Vehicles

with the U.S. Navy EOD team developing the Swordfish version of the REMUS-100.Energy density and availability is the number one market driver in today’s AUV market according to Graham Lester, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Hydroid. “Customers are looking for improved energy sources to allow for greater endurance and larger payload sensors. Additionally, they are looking for improved underwater positioning and through-water communications. The desire is to move toward providing a sustained presence where we can, not only, sense the environment but can affect it and react

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Ørsted Tapped for Connecticut Offshore Wind Farm

Ørsted US Offshore Wind and President of Ørsted North America, said, “Offshore wind will bring long-term economic and environmental benefits to Connecticut, attract related industry and supply chain investments to the state, and support Connecticut’s transition to renewable energy sources.”Revolution Wind is part of the Deepwater Wind portfolio which Ørsted acquired in October 2018. Deepwater Wind proposed the 100MW Revolution Wind project prior to the company’s acquisition.The selection follows the approval in December by Connecticut regulators of a 20-year

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Seismic From Below

.“To improve OBN survey efficiency and reduce costs, a number of surveys worldwide have been acquired using simultaneous sources. For this to be applied offshore Brazil will require either a change in the current environmental concerns regarding the proximity of seismic sources or alternative energy sources to be employed,” said Midenet. “While there have been some promising developments in this area recently, these are far from being operationally proven and thus the goal of reducing OBN costs to encourage wider application and uptake will take some time unless the environmental concerns

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5 Minutes with Mike Read, President, Teledyne Marine

Code (CEC)-approved interconnect packages rated for hazardous locations.Teledyne Impulse-PDM has released a 12,000m rated dry mate underwater optical connector.Teledyne Marine SeismicThe Teledyne Marine Seismic group supplies the world’s marine seismic fleets with submersible connectors, energy sources, source management systems and complex hydrophone systems for geophysical surveys and other marine market applications. Allied contributions from ODI and Impulse add capabilities for subsea electrical and optical connectivity to create Life of Field Seismic systems. Teledyne Interconnect brands

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Caribbean States Kick Off Green Defense Against Disasters

dollar program to turn the hurricane-prone region into a green tech hub resilient to disasters.The Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator marks the culmination of talks that began with Branson's push, starting last year, to replace fossil fuel-dependent utilities with low-carbon renewable energy sources in the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean.Hurricanes Maria and Irma left trails of destruction as they crashed through the region last September.Branson has lived in the British Virgin Islands for more than a decade and weathered Hurricane Irma inside a cellar on Necker, his private island.After announcing

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Roadmap for Renewable Energy

not discharge effluent into the sea. Ultimately, undersea cables are enabling the distribution of renewable energy to areas that can benefit. These projects could help to drive a global shift in the power grid, which may see an increasing number of homes and businesses make fuller use of renewable energy sources – thereby reducing their carbon footprints. The Author Jessica Williams is an analyst at S&P Global Ratings. Environmental and climate risk research focused on energy transition and storage, climate policy and ESG risk. (As published in the January/February 2018 edition of

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Tidal Turbines: Is Better Ballast the Answer?

Tidal turbine ballast might be the answer in the search for reliable and economical solutions   Alternative and in particular marine renewable energy sources have recently become very popular due to all natural disasters caused by the severe climate changes and the high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Wind and sun possess high energy potential, but their outcome remains quite unpredictable, consequently unreliable and expensive. Opposed to that ocean power is based on natural regularities as ebb and flow tides and can be planned and controlled. This is also the reason why many big

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Submarine Power Cables Protection

Submarine power cables are largely deployed in various offshore renewable energy sources such as wind, wave and tidal installations to transfer power to shore, but also in oil and gas platforms and ocean science observatories. They ensure the power supply to remote areas and by connecting regional electrical transmissions enable global energy trading.   The growing importance of the marine renewable energy sector and the word’s focus on environmental issues have made submarine power cables an infrastructure of critical importance. Most efficient and reliable installation and protection

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Statoil’s NY Offshore Wind Project Named 'Empire Wind'

in North America.” The 79,350 acre site, secured by Statoil in a federal auction in December 2016, has the potential to generate up to 1GW of offshore wind power for New York City and Long Island, according to Statoil, making it a key part of New York State’s plan to deploy renewable energy sources to meet the state’s electricity needs. New York’s Clean Energy Standard mandates an increase in the share of renewables in its energy mix to 50 percent by 2030.  As part of that effort, Governor Andrew Cuomo recently called for the development of up to 2.4 gigawatts of offshore

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World’s First Floating Wind Farm Starts Production

consumers.”   Statoil noted that there have been significant cost reductions in both the onshore and bottom fixed offshore wind sectors in recent years. Floating wind is expected to follow a similar downward trajectory over the next decade, making it cost competitive with other renewable energy sources.   Rummelhoff said, “Statoil has an ambition to reduce the costs of energy from the Hywind floating wind farm to €40-60 €/MWh by 2030. Knowing that up to 80 percent of the offshore wind resources are in deep waters (+60 meters) where traditional bottom fixed installations

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Wind Power's Big Bet: Colossal Turbines

.   The wind power sector is at a critical juncture as the subsidies that have cradled it since its inception in the early 1990s, and underpinned its business model, disappear as politicians enact a long-planned push to make the industry more commercially viable and able to compete with other energy sources.   The countries that form the hub of the European offshore wind industry - Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Britain - are looking to gradually phase out the handouts over the next decade. This will end a crucial source of revenue for operators; in tenders concluded as recently as

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ENVIROTEK Makes Tidal Instream Energy a Reality in Southeast Asia

(PLAT-I) for less aggressive sites enabling the exploitation of a greater number of locations to support island communities. SME’s new PLAT-I platform provides a step-change reduction in the cost of delivering tidal energy—one of the Earth’s most abundant and reliable renewable energy sources. PLAT-I floats on the surface of the water and hosts 4 x SIT 250 turbines. Jason Hayman, Managing Director of SME states that, “The need to supply reliable, cost effective power to remote communities is of critical importance. Working with Envirotek, OceanPixel and SCHOTTEL HYDRO, we

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Wärtsilä joins battle against ocean plastics

trapped in the catch bag to be disposed of properly. The Seabin also has the potential to collect a percentage of oils and pollutants floating on the water surface. The team at Seabin Project are currently using 12 volt submersible water pumps, which have the option to use alternative and cleaner energy sources. This may be using solar, wave or wind power technology depending on the geographical location and current technologies available. Seabin's global pilot programme will be launched in April 2017 with the presentation and installation of the latest prototype (V5 Hybrid) in different locations

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivered his 2017 regional State of the State address at Farmingdale State College.  (Photo: Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo)

New York Seeks to Develop US' Biggest Offshore Wind Projects

in renewable energy production.   The offshore wind proposal came after the Democratic governor said on Monday that Entergy Corp's 2,069-MW Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County would shut by 2021 and the state planned to replace its power output with renewable and low carbon energy sources.   The offshore wind proposals include a 90-MW project to be built about 30 miles southeast of Montauk that the Democratic governor, in a release, said he wanted the Long Island Power Authority to approve.   Cuomo said the state would complete its plans for offshore wind developments

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Brexit: What’s in Store for the Subsea Sector?

annual operations and maintenance of energy infrastructure. However, the longer term impact on the offshore wind and marine energy sectors will be affected not just by the specific impact on the cost of producing energy from these sectors, but more importantly by the comparative impact versus other energy sources, which are competitors.”   “Again, it is difficult to assess what this overall effect will be,” Younger continues. “In the construction phase of offshore wind developments around 50-80% of spending is typically on imported goods and services which could be significantly

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A New Reef Biome Under the Amazon Plume

, but the waters near the mouth of the Amazon River are very muddy, with huge quantities of sediments and nutrients washed downriver, no light and swept far out to sea. “Primary production to sustain the new biome benthic organisms appears to rely on chemosynthesis (i.e. microbes use minerals as energy sources) to make biomass and exudates instead of photosynthesis (i.e. microbes use light as energy source),” said Fabiano Thompson.    Astonishingly, this reef system is growing below the freshwater “plume”, or outflow, of the Amazon River. Compared to many other reefs,

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