ONS 2018 Brings Innovation to Oil and Gas Industry

The PMI team had a busy August having attended the ONS 2018 Conference in Stavanger, Norway. The conference not only provided a chance to connect with industry professionals, government officials, and catch up with clients, but also to learn more about what’s shaking up the market. Innovation is the name of the game Cost reduction… Read More

Offshore Wind Innovations Roundup

The challenges of developing practical, economical offshore wind power are pushing engineers and entrepreneurs to new heights — and depths — of ingenuity. We’ve talked about the pitfalls and potential of offshore wind and other marine renewables for years in our Ocean Engineering Blog. We’ve noted that it’ll never be easy to build technologies that… Read More

PMI attends the International Partnering Forum for Offshore Wind

The PMI team had a good week attending the recent International Partnering Forum for Offshore Wind in Princeton, NJ.  The exhibit hall, networking opportunities, and especially the B2B meetings with supply chain partners were great opportunities to meet with other developers, cable manufacturers, contractors, and installers. While this conference doesn’t have as much of an… Read More

How Ice Could Impact Subsea Cables and the Great Lakes’ Offshore Wind Success

Ice hasn’t necessarily put a chill on the development of offshore wind in the Great Lakes of North America, but it does pose a significant challenge — both in the design of offshore wind turbines and the maintenance of subsea power transmission cables. Winter is a wildcard for the Great Lakes because the offshore wind… Read More

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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