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DNV GL Launches Renewables Certification Ops in U.S.

behind Europe in the exploitation of offshore wind energy resources, it could catch up quickly, as, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), there is the potential to install 22,000 MW of offshore wind projects in the U.S. by 2030. Much of this activity is taking place in the Northeast, with Massachusetts and New York setting aggressive targets and leading the way.The DNV GL U.S. operations will be managed by David Maloney, who first served as Certified Verification Agent (CVA) on the Cape Wind Project in 2012.“By establishing a presence for Renewables Certification in the U.S., DNV GL can

Falcon fitted with multi-function manipulator in test tank. 
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Saab Seaeye's Falcon for Ocean Research

A Saab Seaeye Falcon electric underwater robotic vehicle is to help support a network of oceanographic and atmospheric sensors that are part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) transforming ocean research.Funded by the National Science Foundation, the overall OOI program is managed by Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The moored, mobile autonomous, and cabled sensors provide real-time data access to address critical issues such as climate change, ecosystem variability, ocean acidification, and carbon cycling.  The observatory consists of:The Coastal & Global

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Further Delay for Vineyard OWP

to the offshore wind, Sif Holding NV  said that the Vineyard Wind, which was set to be U.S.'s largest offshore wind farm will be further delayed.Early July 2019 Sif and Vineyard Wind announced the manufacturing by Sif of 84 monopiles for Vineyard Wind’s offshore wind project (OWP) in Massachusetts USA.The installation of the monopiles is subject to a schedule that includes seasonal restrictions on pile driving activity as a protective measure for the highly endangered North Atlantic Right Whales.Sif’s ability and confidence to meet this schedule was an important consideration in

Dr. Mark Abbott, President & Director, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). Photo: Greg Trauthwein

MTR100: #5 Dr. Mark Abbott, WHOI

when my grandfather took me bird watching,” where he first became interested in the environment. Over time, he melded his aptitude in math and interest in the environment, becoming interested in applying mathematics to ecological issues.Founded in 1930 and located in the picturesque Woods Hole, Massachusetts, WHOI is an independent non-profit organiztion which gets its funding from government grants and contracts, foundation and private donations and  industry contracts, and has an annual operating budget of $215 million.WHOI’s Center for Marine Robotics hosted the 5th Annual Marine Robotics

The wind- and solar-powered Datamaran system aims to make offshore wind data gathering easier, faster, cleaner and more cost efficient. (Image: AMS, Equinor)

New Autonomous Vehicle for Offshore Wind Surveys

AMS. “We launched it successfully last week, and now we’re looking forward to deploying the technology worldwide to deliver order-of-magnitude benefits to offshore wind development.”Christer Af Geijerstam, President of Equinor Wind US, said, “Equinor’s collaboration with Massachusetts startup AMS underscores our commitment to collaborate with, invest in and support local business. The emergence of the US offshore wind energy industry presents an exciting opportunity for local, nimble, innovative companies to partner with established wind-farm developers.&rdquo

MassTech Grant Will Connect Ocean Entrepreneurs with WHOI

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Executive Director Carolyn Kirk has announced a $200,000 grant from the Innovation Institute at MassTech that will enable marine technology start-ups, technologists and innovators enhanced access to the world-class facilities at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The announcement was made during the keynote panel at the “5th Annual Entrepreneur Showcase and Leadership Forum” hosted by WHOI’s Center for Marine Robotics.  For small Massachusetts companies developing marine robotics and other innovative technologies, access to

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Atlantic Offshore Wind: Favorable Winds for Maritime

experience with them, enabling them to bid on and manage U.S. wind farms at competitive rates. These leases range in value from $1.5M to $135M at the latest auction. Prices for the wind have declined to a levelized price of 6.5 cents per kilowatt hour in the case of the Vineyard Wind project off Massachusetts.    Once BOEM awards the lease to the highest qualified bidder, the agency starts the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental review processes and lessees have to meet BOEM deadlines for site assessment plans and construction and operation plans and financial

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Offshore Wind – A Brief History

really taking off in many states with many project developers and committed financial support.”  When this work started, he noted, uncertainty dominated.  “Now it’s happening,” he said, referencing, for example, the huge increases in site valuations.  “In Massachusetts,” Norton point out, “recent BOEM wind energy area lease bids jumped to $135 million, up from $42 million a few years earlier and just $1.5 million in an earlier round of bidding.”Another critical Strategy outcome: the National Research and Development Consortium, currently comprised

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UMass Dartmouth to Host Renewable Energy Conference

UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to host renewable energy conference on May 23. Massachusetts Clean Energy Center-sponsored event will bring together experts in offshore wind, wave, and tidal energy.On May 23, at 10 a.m., the UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is hosting the second Annual Marine Renewable Energy Conference entitled Pioneering Ocean Energy Innovation in New England: Wind and Water at 151 Martine Street in Fall River.The event, co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, will gather experts in offshore wind, wave, and

GEOTRACES carousel deployment showing Cortland cable. Image: Cortland

Case Study: Cables in Underwater Missions

diverse. Projects can include seismic surveys, marine life studies and pollution tracking. The cables are manufactured differently from general industrial versions, hand-build for often unique purposes. Notably, Cortland has worked with the School of Marine Science and Technology at the University of Massachusetts to produce a specially designed electrical coaxial cable to conduct a census of Atlantic sea scallops, and with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to decrease deployment infrastructure and costs for tsunami warning buoys. Both projects needed cables which were not commercially

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