Highlights of the Month: November 2016
Swedish energy company Vattenfall has won the tender to build the 600MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm in the Danish part of the Baltic Sea with the lowest ever bid of EUR 49.9 per MWh, 58% below the original cap of EUR 120 per MWh.
Offshore wind turbines installed in the North Sea have been giving rise to sediment plumes, satellite images taken by NASA’s Operational Land Imager (OLI) show.
Veja Mate is a deity in Latvian mythology whose name translates to “Mother of the Wind” what might be considered a very appropriate name for the 402MW offshore wind farm being built some 100km off the coast in the German sector of the North Sea.
Denmark’s Port of Esbjerg has shared a photograph showing components for more than 100 offshore wind turbines ready for installation in the North Sea stored in the port area.
The US President-Elect Donald Trump has reportedly advised UK politician Nigel Farage and his team, with whom Trump met on 13 November, to campaign against onshore wind farms in Scotland, suggesting that they should be moved offshore.
ABB has presented a new, compact, high-voltage direct current (HVDC) solution for offshore wind which is said to cut the weight and the volume of an offshore platform by more than half and eliminate the need for alternating current (AC) substation platforms.
The French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) has approved two more floating wind pilot projects as part of the country’s call for tenders for the development of floating wind launched in August 2015.
Energinet.dk and 50Hertz Transmission GmbH have awarded Iemants and Jan De Nul Group with a contract to construct, install, ballast and protect gravity based foundations (GBFs) for two offshore substations.
Siemens has recently taken delivery of a heavy cargo “roll on/roll off ” (RoRo) coaster specifically designed for the transportation of wind turbine parts.
E.ON Climate & Renewables (ECR), the renewables unit of the German energy company E.ON, plans to invest in one offshore wind project every two years as the company halved its renewable energy investment pipeline due to changing market regulations.