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New Report Outlines Big Potential for Offshore Wind

Offshore wind currently represents just a small piece of the world’s energy supply. But that’s changing faster than ever before as new and existing players look to tap the huge resource potential—and market opportunities—being unlocked by shrinking costs and technological advances, as outlined in a recent comprehensive market report.In the coming two decades, the rapidly maturing offshore wind market is expected to become a trillion-dollar business as the pace of installed capacity growth accelerates, according to World Energy Reports’ (WER) Outlook for Offshore Wind

Fig.1: A Slocum glider from Teledyne Webb Research, en route to deployment. Credit: Rutgers University.

Measuring the Hostile Ocean Beneath Hurricanes

of its devastating impact, comes from accurately knowing about subsurface water temperatures along the storm’s path. The underlying water temperature is not static. Rather the storm’s action on the ocean entrains deeper water into the surface layers thereby changing the available energy supply. This mixing can act to either intensify or diminish the storm depending on the temperature of the upwelled water. Thus, knowing subsea temperatures is crucial information for storm forecasting. Additionally, knowing the currents and their shear at different phases of a storm gives greater insight

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NKT Confirms Dogger Bank OWF Gig

km of 320 kV DC offshore export power cables and approx. 4x32 km of 320 kV DC onshore export power cables as well as installation by the cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria.NKT expects production-start of the power cables in 2020.The Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A/B offshore wind farms will provide green energy supply to an estimated 3 million households in the UK

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Nexans Celebrates Construction of Aurora Cable Installation Vessel

term strategy for the future of the global energy market. It will enable Nexans to maintain and extend our position as an important turnkey player in the field of subsea cables. In particular, the capability to install cables at even greater depths will  contribute to securing the world’s energy supply and advancing the the shift to environmentally friendly green electricity from renewables. Nexans Aurora will be a crucial asset.”“The vessel is well prepared for complex construction tasks in severe weather conditions anywhere in the world. Ulstein Verft will carry out the final

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Ørsted Sees Huge Offshore Wind Potential in S Korea

capacity can reach 30 GW.”According to Yonhap News Agency, the Danish state-run energy firm has recently completed the establishment of its Korean branch following South Korea’s announcement of a “Renewable Energy 3020 Plan,” which aims to raise the proportion of renewable energy supply to 20 percent of total power output by the year 2030.South Korea targets to have a total renewable energy capacity of 63.8 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, with 17.7 GW coming from wind power. Ørsted claimed that South Korea will particularly thrive from offshore wind power generation considering

Alla Weinstein, CEO, Castle Wind, a joint venture with EnBW North America.

Offshore Wind: California's New Gold Rush

of opinions about offshore wind: strongly supportive, supportive but cautionary, and, of course, some in opposition.A CA Task Force spokesperson said staff continues to work on “outreach, data collection and working with state and federal agencies.”  Regarding development of a wind energy supply chain, like in NY and Virginia, the spokesperson said, “it’s too early in the process” to focus on that.The BOEM/Task Force work, of course, is preparatory.  In reality, all of this background work positions BOEM to officially start its prescribed wind energy evaluation

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California Offshore Wind Project Progresing

offering that covers the entire lifecycle of a floating offshore wind farm. This includes planning, installation, commissioning, operations and maintenance services.Together, the project partners bring the expertise needed to develop, finance and operate the project as well as build an offshore wind energy supply chain.  RCEA and the consortium have been working with members of the community since 2017 to explore and develop the offshore wind potential of Humboldt County. They have engaged in a comprehensive process to determine a location for the offshore site that minimizes the impact on the environment

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European Commission Okays French Backing of Tidal Energy Test Site

investment aid will be paid in the form of repayable advances that will be reimbursed if the technology is successful.Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said, "Tidal energy is one of the technologies that can contribute in the transition towards a climate friendly energy supply in Europe. The French project approved today will help showcase tidal energy technology, while limiting distortions of competition."The Commission assessed the scheme under its 2014 Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection and Energy, which allow Member States to support renewable

Norway's Planned Subsea Cable to UK May Be Canceled

with any other cables, said Eide.   There have been concerns that British plans for more power links with Europe to avert a looming electricity shortfall could be hindered if the country no longer has a say in European Union regulation of networks and power trading.   Britain faces an energy supply crunch by the early 2020s as coal power stations close and its oil and gas production declines.   To help boost supply, it plans new interconnectors with France, Denmark, Belgium and Norway to provide up to 14 gigawatts of additional capacity. Its current four interconnectors with Europe

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