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In a time when energy companies are coming under increasing pressure to reduce costs, the need for reliable and innovative solutions that focus on improving efficiency and optimising ROI has never been more important.A company fully focused on this core objective is the SeaRoc Group. Formed in 2002, SeaRoc Group has almost 15 years' experience in offshore renewable energy and has been working in the sector since the start of commercialisation. From the outset, SeaRoc Group recognised the need for a user-friendly, integrated system that improves operational safety and efficiency, and helps to reduce project costs. In 2006 the SeaRoc Group went on to develop SeaPlanner, now an industry leading marine management and monitoring tool that does just that.SeaPlanner integrates live data feeds from a wide variety of sources for a complete real-time overview of site operations throughout the lifetime of a project. Developed in-house by SeaRoc Group's team of developers, SeaPlanner is provided as a modular system, giving it the flexibility to be customised to suit the needs of any project scale or phase.SeaPlanner's core modules include Operations Manager for live tracking of personnel, vessels, air traffic and project assets; Personnel Manager for transfer planning, manifest, secure RFID access

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More and more we hear about products and systems being developed as a result of client in-put or request. Cagatay Aygar from Vos Prodect Innovations explains to PES that for him experience and know-how are paramount when it comes to innovation. This leads to high quality, cost efficient and easy to use products.Vos Prodect Innovations is an engineering and supply office, located in The Netherlands, with in-house design and engineering capabilities. We are a part of a large Dutch investment group with a primary focus on mechanical and rotating activities.Vos Prodect specialises in the design and delivery of cable protection and cable hang-off systems. We are heavily involved in subsea power and fibre optic cable, offshore wind farm, oil & gas platform and tidal projects. As a result of successful projects we have a reputation for integrity and quality. Innovation, designing easy to use products and cost efficiency are our main aims. For us, innovation means assessing and filtering good technical ideas and combining them with a combination of experience and know-how, converted into custom made systems of interest to the offshore cabling market. 

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Training for any industry is of paramount importance in the drive towards creating an accident free culture and maximum efficiency. It is no less the case with a relatively new industry like wind turbines. Maersk Training is currently bringing techniques and lessons learnt in the oil and gas and maritime sectors to help increase understanding at every level in the wind turbine industry. Training programmes have been developed to involve all staff with a focus on interweaving people skills with technical standards.The same day Orville Wright died of a heart attack, a plane with 31 passengers onboard disappeared without trace in the yet to be labelled ‘Bermuda Triangle.' They were amongst no fewer than 140 people killed in air crashes worldwide that January in 1948.Forty-five years had passed since Orville and his brother Wilbur had broken free of the earth for the first time and in that period the airplane had grown from curiosity to an essential form of transport. What the new industry had yet to learn was how to minimalise the risk factor.It is generally held today that the aviation industry has been the front-runner in the pursuit of an all-embracing safety culture. Core to the final goal

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With the acquisition of the offshore jack-up crane vessel, Vidar, the respected Jan De Nul Group's services for the installation of offshore wind farms will be considerably extended. We examine the group's recent acquisition and wider wind offering.Services for the renewable energy industry are a key part of the services provided by Jan De Nul Group and are playing an ever increasing role. In total, the company provides services related to the installation of offshore wind farms, including: installation of export and inter array cables; fabrication and installation of Gravity Based Foundations; transport and installation of jacket or monopile foundations and high voltage station; installation of scour protection around the foundations; not to mention the installation of entire wind turbines.The large Jan De Nul fleet of dredging 
and offshore installation vessels provides the necessary flexibility to execute all 
such services. Moreover, the combination with an in-house design department capacity for civil and environmental works offers the perfect match to provide clients with an overall solution for their project on an EPC basis.Seabed interventionFor more than 60 years, Jan De Nul Group has executed international dredging projects from start to finish, making it the ideal partner to execute offshore dredging services

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Founded more than 50 years ago as a sub-division of Wavin-Labko Oy, Labkotec Oy is a leading Finnish manufacturer and supplier of electronic measuring technology. The company's expertise is regularly relied upon by both industrial enterprises and municipal utility companies. And increasingly, the wind industry has been relying on its services. We consider the company's latest offering, the LID-33001P.Reliable operation, consistent performance, reduced maintenance and improved safety are key drivers for the wind turbine business. Consequently, Labkotec Oy decided to put its latest generation of ice detector, the LID-33001P, through a rigorous independent testing regime to ensure that it would meet the standards of modern wind energy operators.Labkotec Ice detectors have been specially designed for the detection of ice on the rotor blades and are capable for detecting in-cloud icing and freezing rain. Ice detectors are compact and easy to install and no calibration is needed making them suitable both for old and new wind turbines and are easy to connect to wind turbine control systems via TCP/IP protocol.Icing status, alarms and parameters can be monitored and adjusted through an in-built web-based user interface. The unit allows for two analogue output signals so that both external temperatures and freezing conditions

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Slated to be ready for her first offshore wind project in the North Sea by Q1 2016, Wind Innovation is set to be a game changer for C-bed. We take a look at the specs and grab five minutes with the company's Flemming Hjorth.Presenting Wind Innovation100% tailor-made for optimising the installation and commissioning stages for offshore wind farm operators, Wind Innovation makes a smooth entrance in the C-bed fleet with her DP2 capacity and Comfort Class 3 certification. Furthermore, she offers the invaluable "walk-to-work" time-saving concept.As a worldwide pioneer within offshore hotel and project services, the company is determined to sustain its industry leading position. It is therefore pleased to announce the arrival of its most advanced offshore hotel vessel ever.‘Walk-to-work'"Compared to the company's existing fleet, Wind Innovation is a smaller but a much more advanced vessel. Normally, the fleet accommodates between 100-150 guests, whereas Wind Innovation has room for 90 people in 80 cabins. However, Wind Innovation introduces new and exciting features such as an advanced motion compensated gangway system that directly connects the vessel and the wind turbine foundation," says Head of Offshore Division, Jesper Nielsen.Other great client benefits includeUK flag state for the maximum safety requirementsTime-saving internal

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Solar panels have proven to be a wise, future-proof investment in terms of economy and ecology. But just like any other technology, failures may occur. Thermal imaging cameras are an ideal for quick detection of those failures. Heinz Simmler, owner of Swiss photovoltaic inspection company Energie Netzwerk, is an avid supporter of this technology.Thermal imaging can provide owners and installers of solar panels an indispensable look at the interior of solar modules and the construction of the photovoltaic system. Defective cells, junction boxes, cables, inverters or incorrectly connected modules can be localized with high-resolution thermal imaging cameras. Energie Netzwerk, based in Bachenbülach, Switzerland, is specialised in photovoltaic thermography and a certified inspector according to the construction and electrical thermography standard EN ISO 9712."After gathering many years of experience with the installation and construction of solar panels for a large company, I decided to start my own company with a partner in 2014," says Heinz Simmler. "Before that, I had already worked with the company Emitec Messtechnik AG, a consultancy firm and distributor of FLIR cameras. This is how I got acquainted with the power of thermal imaging. And when it was time to buy a thermal imaging camera ourselves, there

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In order to increase the profitability of wind turbines, components also have to come down in price - and that includes the sensors. But quality must not suffer as a result. Kübler's Markus Brunner, Global Industry Manager Wind, explains how smart design is maintaining high standards and maximising profit.Cost pressures during the construction of wind turbines have grown considerably. In order to increase the profitability of wind turbines, the components have to come down in price. This also applies to the sensors. However Kübler is able to demonstrate that cost pressures on wind turbines and the highest demands that are placed on them do not have to lead to a conflict. The company is developing and manufacturing encoders for a wide range of speed measurement and positioning tasks within wind turbines. Encoders used for speed control carry out their role at various places in the drive train of the turbine. Bearing-free magnetic systems can measure the speed directly at the hub. Measurement of the rotor speed and position is handled by encoders in the slip ring. For quickly rotating generator shafts Kübler offers hollow shaft encoders with an isolated shaft.How can savings be made with these products, yet at the

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