DNV GL Releases Offshore Wind Transmission Guide

Joanna Schroeder

DNV GL, together with the Swedish Transmission Research Institute (STRI) and 10 wind industry companies have developed a methodology for technology qualification of offshore High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) technologies through a joint industry project. With the development of wind farms further offshore there is an increasing need for long-distance underwater power transmission. The use of HDVC transmission allows power …

International, offshore wind, Renewable Energy

Wind Power Growth Surging Where Supported

Joanna Schroeder

According to Worldwatch Research Associate Mark Konold and Climate and Energy Intern Xiangyu Wu, double-digit growth continued in the global wind market in 2013. In the latest Vital Signs, the writers state that there are 318 GW of wind capacity online today with 35 GW added in 2013. However, the growth was a significant drop from the average growth rate …

International, offshore wind, Renewable Energy, Wind

Offshore Wind Fastest Growing Power Sector in Europe

Joanna Schroeder

Offshore wind energy development in Europe is the fastest growing power sector with 4.9 GW of new capacity under construction according to the European Wind Energy (EWEA). The 4.9 GW will be comprised of 16 commercial offshore wind farms under construction. During the first six months of 2014, 224 new offshore wind turbines totaling 781 megawatts were fully connected tot …

International, offshore wind, Renewable Energy

New England Coast Offshore Wind Leases Available

Joanna Schroeder

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank joined Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to announce more than 742,000 acres offshore Massachusetts will be available for commercial wind energy leasing. The proposed area is the largest in federal waters and will nearly double the federal offshore acreage available for commercial-scale wind energy …

offshore wind, Renewable Energy, Wind

Maryland Energy Admin Releases Wind Energy Survey

Joanna Schroeder

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has released a report detailing a high-resolution geophysical and oceanographic survey of the entire Maryland Wind Energy Area. The survey, focused on opportunities for offshore wind development, is believed by MEA to be the first by any state to map the seafloor geology of a complete Wind Energy Area. This information is critical to optimizing …

offshore wind, Renewable Energy, Research

Alstom’s Team Awarded DOE Offshore Wind Grant

Joanna Schroeder

Alstom is part of a team awarded a $47M grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for phase II of the Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project (VOWTAP) led by Dominion Virginia Power. This next phase includes the completion of Front End Engineering Design (FEED), installation and testing of two Alstom Haliade 150-6MW (megawatt) offshore wind turbines approximately 24 …

Electricity, offshore wind, Renewable Energy

DOE Announces Offshore Wind Energy Projects

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced funding for three offshore wind demonstrations. The projects will receive up to $47 million each over the next four years to deploy innovative, grid- connected systems in federal and state waters by 2017. The projects are located off the coast of New Jersey, Virginia and Oregon. Fishermen’s Energy will install five 5-megawatt direct-drive …

Government, offshore wind, Renewable Energy

Deepwater Wind Unveils Right Whale Protection Agreement

Joanna Schroeder

An historic offshore wind energy announcement was made today that will help to protect the right whale while development occurs of an offshore wind farm known as the Deepwater ONE Offshore wind farm. The project is being developed off the coast of Rhode Island and Massachusetts coasts, an area where the endangered right whale is frequently seen. With less than …

Alternative energy, Environment, offshore wind, Renewable Energy

Cape Wind Secures Another Legal Victory

Joanna Schroeder

Cape Wind has won another legal battle. Once completed, the project will be the first offshore wind farm in U.S waters. Federal Judge Richard Stearns dismissed the lawsuit that challenged Cape Wind’s Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with NSTAR. The District Court’s decision rejected all claims against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, NSTAR and Cape Wind. Judge Stearns noted in his decision …

offshore wind, Renewable Energy

Siemens Invests in Offshore Wind Manufacturing in UK

Joanna Schroeder

Siemens will be investing £160 million (EUR190m) in wind turbine production and installation facilities in Yorkshire (UK). The facility will be spread across two sites including the Green Port Hull project construction, assembly and service facility and a new rotor blade manufacturing facility in nearby Paull, in East Riding. Siemens’ port partner Associated British Ports (ABP) is investing a further …

Alternative energy, International, offshore wind, Wind