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VA Offshore Wind: A Strong Foundation

, the US Department of Energy (DOE) established the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium.  Virginia joined the Consortium this January, along with Maryland and Massachusetts.  The Consortium includes established wind energy companies, e.g., Deepwater Wind, Shell and Orsted, as well as the Carbon Trust, the Renewables Consulting Group and DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).  Critically, the Consortium has money - $41 million funded over four years.  DOE pledged $20.5 million: $18.5 million for the Consortium and $2 million for DOE’s federal labs to support

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Offshore Test of New Installation Technology Successful

The Carbon Trust and Fistuca, in conjunction with industry partners announced the successful completion of the offshore trial of the Fistuca BLUE 25M hammer as part of the Offshore Wind Accelerator BLUE PILOT project.The industry partners include E.ON, EDPR,  EnBW, Equinor, Ørsted, Shell, Sif, SSE, Van Oord, and Vattenfall. The offshore test was carried out on August 13, 2018, using Van Oord’s offshore heavy lift installation vessel, Svanen, off the coast of the Netherlands.The BLUE Hammer is an innovative, new hammer utilizing a large water tank to provide a more energetic, but

The Gwynt Y Mor wind farm. Photo from Rovco.

Subsea Robotics for Renewables

, the global potential is seen as significant. With more subsea components than fixed bottom wind turbines, including hulls, mooring lines, anchors, and cabling, there’s potentially more work to be done here.Indeed, Oceaneering International Services was recently selected as a contributor to the Carbon Trust-led Floating Wind Joint Industry Partnership (JIP) study so assess monitoring and inspection requirements for floating wind projects.Offshore renewables is an emerging market in the O&M space. As more facilities are built, the case for using robotic and autonomous systems as part of their

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Kraken Wins Offshore Wind Energy Competition

Kraken wins award for SeaVision 3D underwater laser imaging system   Kraken Robotics Inc. German subsidiary, Kraken Robotik GmbH, was named a winner in the Carbon Trust's Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) competition. The OWA is a collaborative R&D program funded by nine offshore wind developers and the Scottish Government to reduce the cost of offshore wind energy. Kraken Robotik was one of only four companies selected in the competition.   Kraken will receive hands-on mentoring and advice from the nine OWA industry partners, which collectively represent over 75 percent of the European

Another turbine is installed at the U.S.Block Island site in August 2016 (Photo: Business Network for Offshore Wind)

Partnership Aims to Accelerate US Offshore Wind Ambitions

Business Network for Offshore Wind have entered an agreement which will see them collaborate to support the development of the offshore wind sector in North America. To underpin this commitment the organizations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which details activities that the Carbon Trust and the Business Network for Offshore Wind will focus on over the next year to support and accelerate the deployment of offshore wind in the U.S. Initial areas of interest will include offshore wind measurement and increasing understanding of met-ocean conditions to de-risk potential offshore

Turbulence Characterization Assessments for Tidal Power Sector

seabed topography, creating highly turbulent tidal currents.   The recently completed TiME (Turbulence in Marine Environments) project, part-funded by the Scottish Government Marine Renewables Commercialization Fund (MRCF) Array Technology Innovation Program, and administered by the Carbon Trust, was established in response to such uncertainties. The over-arching aim of the project was to develop – using a combination of modelling, field measurement and theoretical analysis - a framework for measuring, classifying and predicting the effect of turbulence on resource assessment

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AXYS Leads the Way for Floating LiDAR

Sea, adding 11 more months of validation data to AXYS’ already impressive body of evidence for commercial acceptance. Both validation campaigns achieved over 98 percent data availability through harsh winter storm conditions while meeting or exceeding the accuracy standards established by the Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) Roadmap.  “DNV GL has carried out numerous independent validations of AXYS’ FLiDAR systems over the past three years, comparing over 20 months of FLiDAR Wind Assessment data against offshore met mast data from FINO1, NAREC and West of Duddon

New Launches, Demonstrations Set for Seawork

conference program.  Sponsored by Peters & May, the Seawork Conference is hosted by Rolls Royce, MOD, Harken, SOREC, UK Marine & Coastguard Agency (MCA), Tuco Group, Palfinger, the National Workboat Association, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), CTruk, Southampton University and The Carbon Trust. The conference will include a range of topical seminars which will be held on-site at Seawork International for the duration of the exhibition.    Topics include the ever-popular Meet The Buyer sessions, Collaboration with research centers and universities, Offshore Wind Accelerator

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Sensors Installed on New Offshore Wind Turbine Foundation

, as part of its Structural and Environmental Monitoring (SEM) solution, on to a new Suction Bucket Jacket foundation, which is currently being trialed at the Borkum Riffgrund 1 Offshore Wind Farm in Germany.   Deployed in August 2014 by Dong Energy as part of its collaboration with the UK’s Carbon Trust Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA), the new foundation structure has been designed to help cut the costs of electricity from offshore wind farms.   The tripod foundation structure has been equipped with 126 different sensors from the turbine tower down to the foundations, below the water

WindSentinel EDPi

AXYS Deploys First WindSentinel in Europe

the good collaboration achieved so far.” “We are delighted to have deployed the first European WindSentinel with EDPi,” said Terry Tarle, AXYS President & CEO. “AXYS remains committed to reducing the cost of offshore wind and will be running a campaign in accordance with the Carbon Trust roadmap to validate the performance of floating LiDAR within the next year.” axystechnologies.com  

Nortek Signature500 AD2CP (Credit: Nortek)

Nortek Expands Partnership with GSE

is to collect turbulence and current data in order to measure and evaluate turbulence effects in tidal arrays in Scottish waters, and address fundamental design, operation, installation, and yield issues. The Signature500 will be used in conjunction with other instrumentation by Partrac, for a Carbon Trust funded research project for the tidal energy industry called Turbulence in Marine Environments (TiME) under the Scottish Government's Marine Renewable Commercialization Fund (MRCF).  

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