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Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) can be used to provide an accurate simulation of the response of complex offshore floating structures under realistic sea states, including extreme weather conditions. (Image: HR Wallingford)

New Tools Optimize the Design of Floating Renewable Energy Devices

New research at HR Wallingford in collaboration with the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) in the U.S., has developed a toolkit that can be used to optimize the design of floating offshore renewable energy devices, by accurately simulating the response of these floating structures under realistic sea states.A variety of concepts for floating offshore renewable energy devices is under development around the world, and each one presents its own challenges. This is not only due to the marine environments in which the devices may be placed, where they will frequently be exposed to significant wave

MaRINET2 Advances Renewable Energy Research

The MaRINET2 project has awarded €1.1 million in support to 32 offshore renewable technology developers to test at its network of world-leading research facilities. This support will accelerate the next generation of energy technologies toward the marketplace, and help maintain Europe’s global leadership in renewable energy research.€1.1 million of funding was awarded to 32 innovation technology developers from 17 countries, following a second competitive call for applications. The support will provide 583 days of cutting-edge testing and research at facilities around Europe.Dr. Jimmy

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BOEM's Jim Bennett Weighs in on US Offshore Renewables

Five minutes with Jim Bennett, Chief for the Office of Renewable Energy Programs, BOEM   Two years ago James F. “Jim” Bennett was named Chief for the Office of Renewable Energy Programs (OREP) at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the program responsible for overseeing offshore renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Bennett has a long career of experience in dealing with OCS issues as they relate to energy, with experience in oil and gas and now renewables. He recently spent some time with Marine Technology Reporter to discuss the current and

New Task Force for California Offshore Renewables

 New Task Force for California Offshore Renewables   The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the State of California held the inaugural meeting of the California Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force today in Sacramento, Calif., to begin planning for future renewable wind and wave energy development opportunities in federal offshore waters along the Golden State.   California is the 14th U.S. coastal state to form a renewable energy task force to provide critical information to the decision-making process, including how to resolve potential conflicts between developme

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US Drafts Rules to Reduce Survey Impact on Marine Life

BOEM announces Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Gulf of Mexico geological and geophysical surveys, recommends strongest practicable safeguards to eliminate or reduce impacts to marine mammals and coastal environments   The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced the availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) that recommends strong measures to protect marine mammals and coastal environments in the Gulf of Mexico from the potential impacts of geological and geophysical (G&G) surveys for oil, gas and minerals.   Co

Another Step toward Wind Energy off California

BOEM assessing competitive interest in proposed floating wind turbine project site offshore Morro Bay, Calif.   Signaling a major step forward in supporting wind energy development in federal waters offshore California, U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Ross Hopper announced that the department is issuing a Request for Interest in a lease area requested by Trident Winds, LLC for its proposed 765 megawatt (MW) floating wind energy project.   “This announcement represents a significant step in facilitating the responsible development of offshore renewable

California Task Force Will Examine Offshore Renewables

Planning is underway for establishing an Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force between the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the State of California to examine development opportunities for offshore renewable energy along the Golden State.   California Governor Jerry Brown requested formation of the task force in a May 12 letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. The announcement was made during a BOEM-sponsored Offshore Wind Roundtable that brought together representatives from foreign governments, state policymakers, experts in offshore wind, and members of industry to

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View from the Top: Dan Hook, ASV

Earlier this year MTR met with Dan Hook, Managing Director of ASV, an innovator in the delivery of next-gen, high-tech autonomous vehicles. Hook discussed how ASV has evolved from a two-person start-up to a sector leader.   For our readers not familiar with ASV, please provide a brief overview of your company. ASV is a highly motivated team of people designing, building and operating Autonomous Surface Vehicles and their control systems. The company has approximately 70 employees with facilities in the UK and US. ASV provides systems to a wide number of users around the world in defense

The Meygen tidal stream energy project is currently under construction off the coast of Scotland. By the early 2020s, MeyGen Limited intends to deploy up to 398MW of offshore tidal stream turbines to supply clean and renewable electricity to the U.K. National Grid. (Credit: Atlantis Resources Ltd.)

Riding the Waves and Tides to a Cleaner Energy Future

When one thinks of offshore renewable energy, one usually thinks of offshore wind.  For the first time progress is being made in the U.S. to develop offshore wind resources. The first steel foundation jacket has been placed in the ocean floor to support the Deepwater Wind project off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island.  (See  But recently, progress is also being made in the development of tidal and wave energy resources closer to shore, which are known as marine hydrokinetic or MHK resources. MHK projects generate electricity from waves or directly from

Siem Offshore Order DP CLV from Remontowa

Siem Offshore contracts Remontowa Shipbuilding S.A. of Poland to construct a dynamically positioned Cable Lay Vessel (CLV). The associated gross project cost for the first vessel, scheduled for April 2015 and ready for operation, is approx. USD 85 million. The CLV has been designed in close cooperation with VARD Design and will have an overall length of 95.3 meters, a breadth of 21.5 meters, a cable payload of 4,250 tons and an accommodation for 60 persons. The CLV will be equipped with a state-of-the-art diesel-electric propulsion system consisting of four main generators providing power to two

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