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Optimized drive: Fred Olsen Ocean’s Brave Tern. Image: Handout/Fred Olsen

Offshore wind: One-stop Power Conversion

line of medium-voltage converters meet that coming challenge of scale.Optimal outputs: a wind-turbine permanent magnet generator at The Switch in Deyang. Image Courtesy Yaskawa’s The SwitchMarine scaleIn the first encounter with large offshore turbines off the US Eastern Seaboard, the site of Fred Olsen Wind Carrier’s 15,000 GT Brave Tern jack-up wind installation vessels wind installation vessel easily handling and installing turbines was a sobering sight for those who had seen the very first turbine assemblies with smaller vessels. Those first installs were bold, given the size of the

U.S. leader: Fred Olsen Windcarrier’s Bold Tern (multiple) and crew transport vessel. Photo: courtesy Fred Olsen Windcarrier

Wind Energy: The Good News in Offshore

buffeted by waves. Cells, rotor blades, shafts, flanges and towers require scale or risks appear high. Word of Block Island’s “demo” spread via veteran deck hands who had compared small local hires to the large installation vessel, Bold Tern, of Block Island’s capable hire, Fred Olsen Windcarrier.    New Designs “A typical windfarm support vessel,” said Vard Design’s concepts VP, Kjell Morten Urke, of the Vard 4, a type offered American builders via the company’s U.S. offices. “Typical” implied a norm has been established by Europe&rsq

Photo: ODE

Engineering Representative Appointed for Lake Erie Wind Project

North America.   The appointment is the latest development in a three-year relationship between ODE and LEEDCo, the regional non-profit corporation that has proposed this six turbine wind demonstration project located 8-10 miles off the shore of Cleveland in Lake Erie. LEEDCo,, is partnering with Fred.Olsen Renewables USA, and has received over $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, with an additional $40 million in federal funding contingent on meeting future milestones.   Icebreaker Wind will provide the electricity needs for 7,000 homes. It is the first freshwater project of

Offshore Wind Farm O&M Pinpointed at U.K. Conference

its emphasis must be on maximum reliability and availability, better remote control, easier maintenance and having skilled people nearby and the right spare parts available when things did go wrong. In test trials offshore in 2011 its six turbines had proved 98% operational.

 Stuart Thornton, of Fred Olsen United, outlined the company's new concept to tackle transport problems in offshore windfarm O&M - 'a mother ship' prototype  which would accommodate 40 people, transport parts and equipment, be a base for smaller crew transfer vessels and have stability created from being a one-time

Bold Tern: Photo credit Lamprell

Lamprell Delivers Wind Turbine Installation Vessel 'Bold Tern'

ceremony at Lamprell's Jebel Ali facility The vessel will depart to its operating location in the North Sea shortly. With this delivery, the Group has now completed a total of five new build offshore wind turbine installation vessels with a sixth vessel currently under construction. Aside from the two Fred Olsen vessels, three others were delivered to Seajacks with one more, the "Hydra", under construction. Commenting on the delivery, Peter Whitbread, Chief Executive Officer, Lamprell, said: "I am delighted to make delivery of the "Bold Tern" to her new owners. The project

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