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Are Cable Issues Undermining Offshore Wind Success?

Offshore wind technology gets better every year with more innovative turbine and blade designs. But no matter how well they design a wind turbine, engineers perpetually confront the unique difficulties of exporting electricity back to shore. Subsea power cables are built with the demands of open ocean in mind. Multiple layers of alloy and fiber… Read More

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Market Opportunities for Offshore Wind: What Does the Future Hold?

The future of the offshore wind market depends on where you’re standing. In Europe, the offshore wind market is so well established that new generations of equipment are replacing obsolete machinery. In North America, the industry is so new that it exists largely on the drawing boards of offshore-wind developers. In Asia, it’s somewhere in… 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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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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Damage to Subsea Cables a Huge Risk to Offshore Wind Farms

Any young, new industry will have growing pains, and the offshore wind farm industry is no different. Among other issues with offshore wind farms, one of the biggest problems to affect the industry are issues with subsea cables. Failures and issues during installation and maintenance of subsea cables have cost companies millions of dollars and… Read More

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Offshore Wind Energy – The Future of The Energy Industry?

The shift towards sustainable and renewable energy sources has made a real change in the energy industry. As we previously reported on our blog, Europe and Asia lead in wind energy production globally – Denmark itself uses wind power for almost 40% of Danish domestic electricity. The United States continues to grow in the market… Read More

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How geography is shaping the offshore wind industry

While it appears as thought the U.S. is falling far behind Europe in the Offshore Wind and Wave Energy department, you really need to understand the lay of the land – literally.  The U.S. coastline, with a relatively small continental shelf, is not quite as amenable as Europe’s North Sea for offshore wave and wind…. Read More