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

Offshore Wind: California's New Gold Rush

for electricity – especially as electric vehicles are mainstreamed.  If you have renewable energy to sell, CA’s buying.CA’s offshore wind could be an energy gusher.  In 2016 DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published a study: “Potential Offshore Wind Energy Areas in California: An Assessment of Locations, Technology, and Costs.”  One conclusion: CA’s offshore wind resource potential “corresponds to about 1.5 times the state’s electric energy consumption based on 2014 EIA figures” (italics added, EIA = the US Energy

The Hollandse Kust Zuid wind farm. Image: Vattenfall

Vattenfall Starts Hollandse Kust Zuid

the cabling, foundations and wind power turbines. The engineers have to consider many aspects here."The technology for offshore wind is evolving very quickly. The wind turbines installed for Hollandse Kust in 2022 will not be the same as those being made now. With our international experience in wind energy, we can properly estimate these developments and ensure the infrastructure is flexible and suitable for newer technology," Marchand said.Hollandse Kust Zuid 1 & 2 will make a significant contribution to the Dutch ambition of having 4,500 megawatts of installed capacity offshore by 2023

Retrofit: new work in wind for an anchor-handling vessel. Illustration: courtesy Unitech

Offshore wind: The making of a (supply chain) star

Wind is “the tech of choice,” the International Energy Agency said recently, just as a new report by the University of Delaware outlined the opportunity in U.S. offshore wind: 5,000 miles of offshore cabling and 1,700 turbines, it turns out, are bundled into current state-side plans. Yet, serious observers of the first U.S. offshore wind installations saw inefficiency: unwieldy lifts; few specialist vessels on-hand; and cables were “just cables.” Supply chain innovation, people say, lags other industries.In Europe, where offshore turbines heavily dot maritime maps, there’s

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Tennet: EIA for Offshore Wind Farm

Pondera said in a joint press release that the two subsea high-voltage connections will each have the capacity to bring  2GW of energy to land.The financial details of the contract were not disclosed.The 4GW Ijmuiden Ver is one of three sites identified by the Dutch government’s Offshore Wind Energy Roadmap 2030. The three sites have a combined capacity of 6.1GW and are expected to help the Netherlands reach the target of 11.5GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030.The wind farms at the sites are expected to be commissioned between 2024 and 2030

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VA Offshore Wind: A Strong Foundation

mix of federal, state and private-sector dollars.  For example, in 2017, 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

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Fugro Wins Project Off Dutch Coast

by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl, part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy) and to be performed in the Hollandse Kust (west) Wind Farm Zone. Other contracts executed by Geo-data specialist Fugro in the various zones of Hollandse Kust (zuid and noord) and Borssele wind energy developments since 2015 include geophysical and geotechnical data acquisition and metocean monitoring.With project preparations underway, and a target start date in April, contract finalization is expected soon. The geotechnical program will continue until September and comprises a seabed investigation

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Norther Offshore Wind Delivers First Power

began earlier this month. It is the final and most crucial stage in the construction of Belgium's largest offshore wind farm.Twelve turbines have already been installed, and today, the first turbines are being connected to Stevin, the new high-voltage station of Elia in Zeebrugge. That way, the wind energy generated will flow into the power grid and will be sold to Engie (50%) and Eneco (50%)

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European Offshore Wind Capacity up 18%

Europe installed 2.6 GW of new offshore wind energy capacity in 2018, according to statistics released by the European Wind Energy Association, WindEurope. That translates to a 18% increase in Europe’s offshore wind capacity.According to WindEurope, 15 new offshore wind farms came on line. The UK and Germany accounted for 85% of the new capacity: 1.3 GW and 969 MW respectively.Europe now has 105 offshore wind farms across 11 countries with a total capacity of 18.5 GW. This is around 10% of the total installed wind energy capacity in Europe – the rest is onshore.The size and scale of

The New Jersey Wind Energy Area, where hundreds of wind turbines may eventually be built, is shaded green and brown. Image: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Department of the Interior

Sea Breeze Study May Aid US Wind Farm Developers

.The study, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, for the first time combined a sophisticated statistical analysis technique with a weather forecasting model to assess sea breezes near-shore and offshore.The Rutgers-led team studied sea breezes that cross the New Jersey Wind Energy Area, a federally designated zone off Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties where huge wind turbines may be built.They found that, during the summer, sea breezes often arise on hot afternoons when energy demands peak – but conditions change when winds from the southwest push warm surface

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ZX Lidars: World-first wind Lidar Measurements via Drone

;This and other trials conducted since 2015 only stand to further confirm that our core technology is accurate, reliable and robust lending itself perfectly to a range of applications such as Drone Wind Lidar.”Dr Michael Harris, Director of Science at ZX Lidars, has pioneered wind Lidar for the wind energy industry for nearly 20 years, and has been the driving force behind this latest innovation

The 7MW Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine enables companies to test & demonstrate innovative new technologies. Image: Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult

CWind and ORE Ink Offshore Deal

risk and cost.CWind is also joining the Offshore Wind Innovation Hub's (OWIH) technical advisory group.The OWIH, a joint initiative by ORE Catapult and the Knowledge Transfer Network, a provider of UK business support, is the UK’s primary coordinator for innovation, focusing on offshore wind energy cost reduction and maximising UK economic impact.CWind will play a key role in shaping the initiative’s O&M and Electrical Infrastructure Technology Roadmaps, identifying the innovation needs of the sector.“With CWind’s strong and proven background in engineering, I am confident

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