Portugal News

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WindFloat Atlantic Platform Heads Offshore

The second of the three platforms for the WindFloat Atlantic project has left the Port of Ferrol for its final destination 20 kilometers offshore Viana do Castelo, Portugal.Upon arrival to the project site, it will be installed next to the first floating platform, which has the exact same dimensions: 30 meters in height and with a 50-meter distance between each column. The third and final platform, once it arrives to the site, will complete the first floating offshore wind farm in Continental Europe.Transportation of the three WindFloat Atlantic floating structures is a milestone in itself, as it

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First Subsea CPS for WindFloat

UK's developer and supplier of connectors, First Subsea has delivered a beach landing Cable Protection System for the export cables on the 25MW WindFloat Atlantic project, located 20 kilometers off the coast of Viana do Castelo in Portugal. Hengtong Group was contracted through its Submarine Business Units to deliver the export cable for the beach export system which was installed on schedule by its contractor DeepOcean at the end of June 2019.The cable protection system is designed to suit the export cable and consists of clamps, bellmouth and cable protection. First Subsea project manager

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Cable Protection System for WindFloat Atlantic Project

First Subsea has delivered a beach landing Cable Protection System for the export cables on the 25MW WindFloat Atlantic project.The project is located 20 kilometers off the coast of Viana do Castelo in Portugal.Hengtong Group was contracted through its Submarine Business Units to deliver the export cable for the beach export system which was installed on schedule by its contractor DeepOcean at the end of June 2019. The cable protection system is designed to suit the export cable and consists of clamps, bellmouth and cable protection. WindFloat Atlantic uses cutting-edge technology from Principle

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OES: Surge in Tidal Energy in 2020

positive in 2020 with large investments being made by governments around the world."The OES was launched in 2001 as a technology collaboration program of the International Energy Agency (IEA). It was created in response to increased ocean wave and tidal current energy activity primarily in Denmark, Portugal and the United Kingdom. The organization now consists of 25 members including specialists from government departments, national energy agencies, as well as research and scientific bodies

WaveRoller towed in to position off the coast at Peniche in Portugal. (Photo: AW-Energy)

WaveRoller Tested in Portugal

A first-of-a-kind commercially-ready offshore wave power generation device is soon to be completed thanks to the experts from Finnish-based wave energy technology developer AW-Energy. The team has deployed its WaveRoller device offshore at Peniche, a seaside municipality and a city in Portugal.Extended sea trials are being used to fine-tune the WaveRoller’s control system to maximize its performance and yield. Engineers are also monitoring the device’s performance using the company’s next generation monitoring software which can be used to remotely access the device by any of

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Aker Solutions Eyes Low Carbon Tech

of renewables as means to provide more energy, with a lower carbon footprint.The company will focus on floating wind power, having taken a 23% stake in U.S.-based Principle Power, which is currently installing its proven floating wind technology for the WindFloat Atlantic project off the coast of Portugal. Aker Solutions is involved in offshore wind farm developments in the US and South Korea.It also provides technology to capture carbon emissions from offshore and onshore industry. It delivered the Sleipner storage solution in 1996 and is involved in the Northern Lights CO2 storage project in the

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Partners Plan Floating Wind Farm in South Korea

GW of capacity under construction and a further 4 GW in the pipeline globally.The firm has a solid commitment to the Windplus consortium, which is set to deploy the three largest offshore wind turbines on a floating platform to date at the 25 MW WindFloat Atlantic project currently under construction in Portugal.EDP Renewables and Aker Solutions acquired a significant stake in KFWind from WindPower Korea, a project developer which remains a minority shareholder, and from Principle Power, which will exit the shareholding to focus on growing its core technology and services business in the Korean market

Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE. Photo: CMRE

Interview: Dr. Catherine Warner, Director, NATO CMRE

underwater telephone, we used an application we called “WetsApp,” which is sort of an underwater WhatsApp, based on our JANUS digital underwater communications protocol that we developed here over a period of 10 years.  We’re doing another exercise right now off the coast of Portugal to look at how to incorporate this digital communications into distressed submarine doctrine and tactics.  We have also been working with the Standing NATO Maritime Groups – SNMG 1 and 2 – with their exercises.  So working with the operators has been a way to show our relevance

Jussi Åkerberg, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of AW-Energy Oy (Photo: AW-Energy Oy)

US Patent Approval for Wave Energy

consider the status of the related USPTO Patent case to be highly relevant to the decision to grant patents. The company already has a portfolio of 57 patents awarded, covering a variety of technological aspects and different countries.Next month, the WaveRoller device is set for deployment in Peniche, Portugal, where many operators and utility companies are watching with interest.  It comes at a time when national power grids are being stress-tested and impacted by outages, the most recent experienced in the UK causing chaos and disruption across England and Wales.  Other recent power cuts have

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

Offshore Wind: California's New Gold Rush

in 2007 in Emeryville, CA.  PPI has developed the WindFloat, a floating foundation for offshore wind turbines, being readied for operation in Europe in 2021.  RCEA also selected Aker Solutions, the Norwegian company expert in oil and gas platforms.  RCEA’s third partner is EDPR, Portugal’s largest generator, distributor and electric supplier and the fourth largest operator of wind energy based on net installed capacity in the US.BOEM and CA Task Force officials were to update their activities since the December Task Force meeting and the close of the comment period, January

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