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Oct 26, 2016
To compete on costs with fixed-bottom offshore wind and other renewables, the floating wind industry should industrialize the foundation in the same way it has manufactured and commoditized the turbines for onshore wind, according to Henrik Stiesdal, wind energy pioneer and former CTO of Siemens Windpower.
Oct 10, 2016
The demand for cable lay vessels will “pick up considerably” in the German, U.K. and Dutch offshore wind markets and remain sustained by at least decade’s end, Andy Readyhough, senior business development manager at DeepOcean, told Wind Energy Update.
Sep 27, 2016
About 25 offshore windfarms in Europe will require dedicated maintenance vessels by 2020, John Oosthoek, market intelligence manager for Offshore Renewables at Royal IHC, told Wind Energy Update.
Aug 30, 2016
The existing fleet of turbine and foundation installation vessels is well suited to serve the European offshore wind market in the short and mid-term but it will not be sufficient to support installation demand after 2020, Michael Guldbrandtsen, senior consultant at MAKE Consulting, told Wind Energy Update.
Aug 30, 2016
Most independent developers and utilities in Europe’s offshore wind sector are responding to new financing models and more complex projects by switching from multi-contracting to 2-3 construction contracts per project, Rob Mcabb, partner at Eversheds, told Wind Energy Update.
Aug 17, 2016
A competitive Dutch tender system and favorable site conditions were key to DONG Energy’s record-low bid strike price of 72.7 euros per MWh for the Borssele 1&2 offshore wind projects, but the Danish utility likely beat other bidders by revving up efforts to maximize its energy production, optimize its operating costs and by securing lower-cost financing, industry experts said.
Jul 19, 2016
Offshore accommodation platforms can boost turbine availability by several percent on larger wind farms and extend the reach of crew transfer vessels further offshore, industry experts told Wind Energy Update.
Jul 5, 2016
The planned cost of the 21 MW Icebreaker Great Lakes wind project has fallen 17% in the last two years to $125 million and generation costs are expected to be lower than the 30 MW Block Island wind farm off Rhode Island, Lorry Wagner, president of Icebreaker developer Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LEEDCo), said.
Jun 21, 2016
A flurry of U.K. offshore extension projects is set to yield major cost savings through a deeper understanding of site challenges, technological gains and economies of scale, industry experts said.
May 9, 2016
New U.K. and U.S. offshore wind projects will provide valuable data on battery usage as developers narrow in on the most profitable storage applications.
Apr 25, 2016
Deepwater’s new capacity market agreement for the Block Island wind farm highlights the range of offtake options available to offshore projects but long-term power purchase contracts will prove crucial until the technology can compete in the wholesale markets.
Apr 25, 2016
The Icebreaker offshore project developer plans to modify regional barges in response to vessel supply challenges on the giant St. Lawrence River.