Looking to Asia for Offshore Wind Opportunities

While Europe gets all the credit for the rise of efficient offshore wind farms, there’s a lot of potential brewing in Asia — especially in countries that already have active land-based wind power. China has already built so many inland wind farms on land that it has more capacity than its interior population can use… Read More

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Artificial Island Sparks Innovation In Wind Energy

A shallow patch of the North Sea is the site of an intriguing plan to reduce the cost and complexity of offshore wind farms. Announced in March 2017, the plan calls for the construction of an artificial island to form the hub of a massive network of wind turbines. One key advantage of a hub… Read More

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PMI Attends Offshore Energy 2016

  It was a tale of two sectors ­last week at Offshore Energy 2016 in Amsterdam. On one hand, conference sessions and convention hall crowds talked up the turbulence stirring the oil-and-gas sector. On the other, experts debated the prospect of slowing climate change and extolled the prospects of massive growth in Northern Europe’s offshore… Read More

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Challenges in the Installation and Repair of Offshore Wind Turbines

Installing and maintaining offshore wind turbines is an incredibly complex undertaking full of daunting logistical challenges. For starters, ships built to install turbines can cost $100 million or more. Stormy weather can delay installations and thwart repairs. Weather and erosion exact a long-term cost on turbine blades, and turbine engines must be painstakingly designed for… Read More

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Recent Offshore Wind Developments in the U.S.

Offshore wind in the U.S. got a nice boost in June when the U.S. government announced that 81,130 acres off the coast of New York will be opened to leasing for offshore wind power projects. Commercial offshore wind providers will have an opportunity to bid for leases they will need to develop wind farms in… Read More

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A Quick Look at the First U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Project Under Construction

While more than 3,000 offshore wind turbines push electricity to power-hungry Europeans, the number of towering turbines in U.S. waters is precisely zero. But that’s about to change. The first U.S. offshore wind farm is slowly rising in the Atlantic Ocean south of the state of Rhode Island and east of New York’s Long Island…. Read More

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Massive Tides Invite Wave of Tidal Energy Research

Fundy Bay is famous for pictures of fishing boats tilted on their hulls — run aground by the immense power of the world’s largest tides. The waters of this scenic coastal inlet along Canada’s Nova Scotia and New Brunswick provinces rise and fall by more than 50 feet twice a day, every day of the… Read More

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Offshore Wind Farms Still Learning How to Handle Cables

The offshore wind industry has fresh guidance on using reliable standards to determine the best depth for burying offshore wind farm cables. In February 2016, the Offshore Wind Accelerator based in the U.K. published advice to offshore wind farm operators to help them ensure they are burying their power cables at a safe depth. This… Read More

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Vision for Offshore Wind Energy Market

The offshore wind industry made significant strides in Europe last year, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). This growth has broad implications both for the renewables industry and the subsea cable market. EWEA’s “Wind in Power: 2015 European Statistics” report published in February 2016 said European offshore wind installations more than doubled in… Read More

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Making tidal energy more affordable

Waves and tides offer some of the most predictable, consistent, and just generally big energy resources available. However, rollouts of actual wave and tidal energy power installations have been slow. Part of the reason for this is that there is no consensus at all on what represents the best device designs to actually harness waves and… Read More

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