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Vineyard Wind to Miss Startup Target Over Permit Delay

Vineyard Wind, the developer of the first major U.S. offshore wind farm, said on Tuesday it will miss its target to start sending power to Massachusetts by 2022 due to lengthy federal permitting delays.The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, part of the U.S. Department of Interior, posted a revised permitting timeline on its website on Tuesday that said it will issue a final decision on the project by Dec. 18, more than a year after its previous target of August 2019."While we need to analyze what a longer permitting timeline will mean for beginning construction, commercial operation in 2022 is no

Peter Nilsson, President & CEO. Photo: Kitron

Kitron Wins OWF Orders

from a leading company within the rapidly growing renewable energy sector,” said Peter Nilsson, President, and CEO of Kitron ASA.Peter added: "This also confirms our ability to supply advanced technical services, such as test development.”  Deliveries are planned for 2020 with a startup in the second quarter. Production will take place at Kitron's plant in Norway

Saipem’s Hydrone R – in the flesh and ready for real world testing. Image from Saipem.

MTR100: Five "Ones to Watch"

cabled, from a 30m test berth of the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS), located offshore of Marine Corps Base Hawaii, near Kaneohe, on Oahu.The system also included an underwater data-logging and non-contact power transfer solution, suitable for charging AUVs, developed by Seattle-based startup, WiBotic. Part of this project also tested the ability to transfer power through the winch/mooring line itself, which would remove the need for an umbilical to subsea power users.“We’re working with Tampnet next year to provide a floating, standalone 4G mast, by pulling a fiber cable

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

;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

Figure 6: A DOLPHIN Sonar trial result, SAS at three times Nyquist speed. Image: QinetiQ North America

DOLPHIN: Enabling Technology for Acoustic Systems

developers and end users must mature around the underlying, enabling technology.  With appropriate, collaborative effort, it is reasonable to assume that many products and applications will become DOLPHIN enabled.Author BiographiesJustin Manley is a technologist and executive with experience in startup, public corporation, academic, and public sectors. After professional roles at MIT, supporting NOAA and in the private sector he founded Just Innovation Inc. in 2015 to support a variety of clients with a focus on unmanned and undersea systems.Michael Murphree is the Communications and Surveillance

Theo Priestley (Photo: WFS Technologies)

Priestley Joins WFS Technologies

has written more than 100 articles for publications including WIRED, Forbes, Venturebeat, Huffington Post, The European, as well as provided commentary for BBC Radio and UK national television.Priestley has been a former vice president at global software companies, SAP and Software AG, and a mentor for startup accelerators including HTC Vive X.His appointment is the third of three that WFS Technologies has made in as many months. Moray Melhuish joined the company as commercial director while former submarine engineer officer and underwater technologies sales director, Richard Adams, took up the post of

DriX USV (Photo: iXBlue)

iXblue Partners with Forssea

iXblue, a designer and manufacturer of advanced navigation, imagery and subsea positioning solutions, said it has joined forces with Forssea, a robotics startup that develops autonomous docking underwater technologies, to bring more agile and cost-effective subsea operations.Combining Forssea’s Atoll, an observation-class remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) that offers autonomous docking capabilities, with iXblue’s DriX offshore going unmanned surface vessel (USV) and its Gaps ultra-short baseline (USBL) embedded gondola, both companies are now offering a new method of long baseline

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A BlueTech Future

, and was responsible for more than 46,000 jobs.What is notable about San Diego’s Blue Economy is not only its size, but also the innovation occurring in the sector. While companies all over the world are searching for ways to incorporate artificial intelligence into their products, San Diego-based startup Aquaai has built autonomous, fish-like drones that can closely monitor marine environments without causing a disturbance. While many companies are racing to produce and sell lab-grown meat and poultry, one of San Diego’s newest BlueTech startups, BlueNalu, has raised $4.5 million to produce

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Olis Robotics Acquires Machine Learning Startup

Olis Robotics, developer of next-generation remote robotics software, announced it has acquired Seattle-based machine learning startup White Marsh Forests (WMF).Olis, formerly BluHaptics, has created a next-generation software platform built from the ground up that expands the capabilities of pilot-controlled service robots in the energy and space sectors and other harsh operating environments. The firm's technology enables vast improvements in robotic dexterity, precision, efficiency and overall mission success.The addition of machine learning capabilities from WMF allows robots to recognize and

Saipem Castorone at the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea. (Photo: Bo B. Randulff / Roar Lindefjeld / Equinor ASA)

Norway’s Largest Oil Pipeline Now in Place

. With three jackets, two topsides, one bridge, over 400 km of pipelines, and 200 km of power cables, the 2018 campaign is probably the busiest installation campaign ever for a project on the Norwegian continental shelf. And in 2019 the last two topsides and remaining bridges will be put in place before startup of the first phase of the Johan Sverdrup development expected in November next year

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