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Offshore oil has much more to offer the future of floating wind

OPINION | Many of the ‘supporting’ technologies developed by the oil & gas sector for its floating production vessels – led by mooring and anchoring – will be key to commercialising floating wind power, writes Clement Mochet Cost remains the main obstacle to the commercial viability of floating wind power projects today, with a significant overhead linked […]

Wind Energy Facts — Wind Power & Wind Turbine Facts

Wind energy is playing a crucial role in the reduction of  greenhouse gas emissions globally. Since the burning of fossil fuel got rolling at the start of the Industrial Revolution, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has substantially increased. As the ice sheets continue their existing patterns of melting due to elevating temperatures, the sea level […]

Dong sees Statoil and Shell as global offshore wind rivals

Dong Energy, the biggest offshore wind operator globally, sees oil companies Shell and Statoil as serious competitors in its core offshore wind business, not only in Europe but globally, comments by CEO Henrik Poulsen show. “I believe that Shell and Statoil clearly are competitors of ours all around the world,” Poulsen said during a conference […]

AGL cashes in on coal splurge, renewable investment drought

AGL Energy, the biggest electricity generator in Australia, is reaping the rewards of its recent multi-billion dollar investment in large coal generators in Victoria, and the recent investment drought in wind and solar farms. AGL Energy CEO Andy Vesey likes to joke that by the time he had been approached about the job, through to […]

Mitsui to invest ‘aggressively’ in renewables, battery storage

Japanese trading giant Mitsui, whose investment helped spur Australia’s iron ore, coal and LNG export industries, says renewables and battery storage are now its chief focus for growth investment in Australia… Read complete article here

Where Will Myanmar’s Energy Come From?

Myanmar’s high growth in electricity demand — rising by around 13 percent annually — is a challenge for the government. Demand is estimated to reach 4,500 MW by 2020 and 13,410 MW in 2030. Currently there is no plan to meet this high demand. High-level policy shifts and unclear policies within the cabinet and ministries have stalled even previously signed MoUs […]

Energy Suppliers Find Fresh Lift From Offshore Wind

For more than three decades, Gulf Island Fabrication Inc. has built foundations to anchor offshore-oil platforms to the ocean floor. Now, as lower oil prices take a bite out of that business, it is trying to turn that expertise into an edge in a new business: offshore wind. The Houston-based company—which recently built the foundations for the […]

The global offshore wind market will almost double installed capacity to 34 GW by 2020, according to the latest forecast by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). North Sea states to have over 30 GW installed by 2023 China emerges as new market overtaking UK/Germany by 2022 BNEF forecasts global offshore at 71 GW by 2025 […]

Vestas joins the 4MW class

At the end of June, Vestas unveiled the latest evolution of the turbine platform it launched in 2010 — a 3MW machine with a 112-metre rotor diameter. Since then, the number of options has steadily grown, with greater choice in rated capacity, rotor size and hub heights for different sites and wind resources. There are […]

Viewpoint: Floating technology is key to making offshore global

Is that excitement justified or is it, in part, a result of the hyping activities of some proponents of floating foundations? To be commercially viable for development, deeper water sites (60 metres and more) require reliable and durable floating foundations to be available at a competitive cost,including installation. In our recent study for WindEurope, Unleashing […]