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Europe remains the bastion of wind energy where Germany leads the region in onshore capacity, the UK leading the offshore markets, and countries like Denmark and the Netherlands ushering the EU toward a fossil free future through their commitments to renewable technologies.
The EU continues to strengthen its position on green energy through its targets for renewably sourced electricity and is working hard toward an energy sharing network to enable complimentary generation capacity to be exchanged as needed.
Market leaders such as Siemens and Vestas work closely with entities like Vattenfall, Orsted and Statoil, providing state-of-the-art wind farms for national energy providers working in close conjunction with Europe’s grid operators. As such, their combined expertise is the driving force behind some of the most significant innovations within the industry, and their commitment to investing into ongoing research and development programs are producing world leading technologies. Hornsea Project One will have the capacity to provide power to one million homes, which is a genuine milestone achievement for an offshore wind farm, and demonstrates how advanced Europe’s wind energy solutions have become. Projects such as Vattenfall’s Kriegers Flak have also shown the World how cost effective wind power can be and is paving the way to removal of wind energy subsidies. These developments are crucial to wind power becoming a ubiquitous part of our energy landscape and reducing electricity costs for the consumer.
The technologies being developed within Europe now to support wind energy generation and storage will have far reaching and lasting consequences for the World as their refinement and development has knock on effects for electrically powered travel and for mobile digital communications. InDepth Wind will remain heavily invested in Europe’s energy market place reporting on each new development and looking at their ramifications for our industry and our planet.
Sulzer & Schmid Laboratories AG, a Swiss company pioneering next-generation technology for the inspection of wind turbine rotor blades, announced today that it has launched a new highly competitive inspection platform. The company’s new 3DX™ HD product has been developed as a cost-effective solution to cope with large volumes of
The recent award of a three-year maintenance contract for the hydrodynamic element of the Anglian Coastal Monitoring programme means that Fugro now supports the full network of Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes (RCMP) across England. Fugro’s coastal oceanography team has been involved with these strategic programmes for 15 years. The network,
Belgian Offshore Days 2019, Oostende On 20 and 21 March 2019, the 5th edition of the “Belgian Offshore Days”, a B2B trade fair organised by Belgian Offshore Cluster (BOC) will take place in Ostend. BOC is the association that brings together Belgian suppliers to the offshore wind industry. In recent
Wind farm monopile foundations are currently installed with either a jack-up or floating heavy lift vessel kept in position by moorings. Whereas jack-up vessels need time to jack the vessel out of the water, heavy lift vessels need time to anchor it. The time associated with these operations can range
The world’s most advanced Immersive Hybrid Reality (iHR) offshore wind training facility, a virtual reality system commissioned for the Great Exhibition of the North, has been installed at Newcastle College’s Energy Academy in Wallsend to help train future engineers. Delivered by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, the UK’s leading
An additional scope of 24 transition pieces enlarges Bladt’s fabrication and supply scope from 35 to 59 transition pieces for the Ørsted owned Borssele 1&2 offshore windfarm project. Bladt will execute the contract for the additional 24 transition pieces at its fabrication yard in Aalborg in continuation of the original