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Dutch offshore shipping company, C-bed Floating Hotels, presents a new major assignment for their DP2 Walk-2-Work vessel, Wind Innovation.Wind Innovation is the result of the extensive conversion of a former seismic survey vessel into a floating four-star hotel and project basecamp. Next year, she will play an integral part in the installation phase of a new 400-MW offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.The project kicks-off during January 2017 and Wind Innovation is applied on a 7-10 months contract. Thereby, C-bed will assist in the full installation and commissioning phase of 67 offshore wind turbines.Recent upgrade allows accommodation of 105 passengersWind Innovation holds a Comfort Class 3 certification and was recently further upgraded to accommodate an additional 15 passengers. Thereby, she now offers accommodation for a total 105 passengers in 80 cabins. With this high number of hotel beds, Wind Innovation distinguishes herself from ordinary Service Operation Vessels, which normally only have hotel facilities for approx. 40 passengers.Flemming Hjorth, Senior Sales Executive, says: "We made a significant investment in connection with acquiring and rebuilding Wind Innovation. Therefore, I am pleased to acknowledge a great interest in our vessel from offshore wind operators and to see that this tailor-made vessel

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Wind turbines are inspected and serviced at regular intervals, generally over a period of at least 20 years. It goes without saying that these activities take place in the open air, both onshore and offshore. It is thus essential to guarantee a safe working environment for the service technicians. The access systems and training concepts play a key role in this. At WindEnergy 2016, the leading international trade fair for the wind sector that takes place in Hamburg from 27 to 30 September, Hailo Wind Systems will therefore be showing numerous exhibits and world firsts for the international wind energy industry at Booth A402 in Hall A4. They include new product launches and innovations in the areas of climb assist systems and training services that meet the highest safety standards and make working in wind farms more convenient.One special highlight at the 73-m² stand this year is a multifunctional training tower. Measuring 9 m² and almost 5.5 metres high, it is equipped with five tracks with different fall arrest systems and two new climb assist systems, including the new E-Lift.On the outside and in the middle of the training tower, various rescue exercises will be simulated on the ladders and

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Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland - Thursday 18th August 2016; Wind turbine manufacturer Orenda Energy Solutions, which has locations in Ontario, Canada and Livingston, Scotland, is seeking to raise US$25million through a series of US investment banks as it embarks on a programme of expansion to build its own distributed wind farm across the UK. Orenda is currently finalizing the project financing which will see one hundred of its own manufactured SKYE 49kW small wind turbines installed across the UK from Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands to create a 4.9 MW (megawatt) distributed wind farm. The creation of Orenda's wind farm signifies a remarkable milestone for the company. In its short four-year history, it will have progressed from being solely a turbine manufacturer to site developer to soon owning and managing a sizeable wind farm in the UK. As Gerry Lalonde, CEO, Orenda Energy Solutions reveals, despite the changes made to the FiT (Feed-In-Tariff) program earlier this year, by leveraging the unique wind technology of its 49kw turbine, it is still possible to earn adequate financial returns in this market, particularly if one operates in the sub 50kw FiT band which provides the highest FiT rates. "Positioning is the key

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Leading European O&M service provider for offshore wind market enters component-exchange framework agreement with DONG EnergyDONG Energy and ZITON A/S have entered a framework agreement that will see ZITON provide services related to main component exchanges on out-of- warranty offshore wind turbines for the next three years.ZITON will provide its jack-up crane vessels for main component exchanges in Danish windfarms operated by DONG Energy not covered by OEM warranty. The three-year agreement also applies to other DONG Energy-operated windfarms in Denmark and UK and has an option to be extended to five years.Typical O&M tasks will include exchanging blades, rotors, blade bearings, main bearings, gearboxes, generators and transformers in addition to other tasks requiring a stable lifting platform. 

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Cohort plc subsidiary SEA has utilized its advanced power connection technology to successfully install a 13.2kV cable connection in support of the Oceantec wave energy device located at the Biscay Marine Energy Park (Bimep) test site in Northern Spain. Bimep tests prototype devices for generating wave energy in advance of commercial production to ensure economic and technological readiness and that they are reliable and safe for commercial deployment. Once the devices have been verified, they can be considered as ready for mass production and operational use. A team of engineers and technicians from SEA Subsea Engineering division terminated the device cable connection onshore and travelled offshore to connect the two halves at the wave site. The device is now fully operational and generating wave power back to shore. The Bimep connections are a new variant of the nine 33kV connections first installed by SEA in 2009 at the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) test centre for marine renewable energy. The connections supplied by SEA were a world-first in wave and tidal energy distribution. They have provided 100% availability for power generation, status monitoring, and device control, allowing developers at Bimep and EMEC to test and generate power

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The UK remains the world's biggest single market with a 5,061MW total installed offshore wind capacity. The vigorous development of offshore wind energy will also be a featured topic at WindEnergy Hamburg 2016. The world's leading expo for wind energy, held from 27 to 30 September at the Hamburg Messe fair site, will see more than 1,200 companies showcasing their innovative products and services, representing all sectors of the value chain. The importance of the UK wind market for the whole industry will be reflected excellently at WindEnergy Hamburg: The UK will be present with two national pavilions, an English pavilion in hall B1 upper floor housing 13 exhibitors, and the pavilion of Scottish Development international in hall B2 with 30 exhibitors. The UK has according the European Environment Agency the largest technical potential for offshore wind power (TWh) in Europe, and Scotland has according Scottish Development International 25% of Europe's wind and tidal resources, and 40% of the UK's fixed offshore wind potential." The Scottish Government has granted offshore planning consent for over 4GW of new projects offering opportunities for local and international companies. The UK has also many excellent regions for onshore wind with the windiest parts in

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Hamburg: Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, has signed definitive agreements to acquire the wind turbine nacelle production facilities and infrastructure, complete product portfolio suite, wind turbine inventory and the service operations of Kenersys India Private Limited, in Baramati, India, in order to further move ahead with its market penetration of its new core markets. The production facility of nearly 250 megawatts (MW) of capacity has the potential to be expanded further. Senvion will be able to start its operations with the assets immediately after the closing of the transaction and obtaining the necessary approvals.The product portfolio of the acquired assets ranges from 2.0 to 2.6 MW and rotor diameters from 82 to 120 meters, with cumulative installations of 220 MW in India with some of the large local key clients. With this acquisition, Senvion gets full rights to own, enhance and sell the Kenersys India product portfolio worldwide, including K82 (2.0 MW), K100 (2.6 MW), K110 (2.4 MW) and K120 (2.3 MW) in development. The existing products are also registered with the National Institute of Wind Energy, India, and hence available for Senvion immediately. Additionally, Senvion takes over the complete Indian service operations of Kenersys India Private

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Cubico Sustainable Investments ("Cubico"), a global leader in renewable energy and water investment, has announced that it has acquired, with its partner Plenium Partners, a 67 MW wind farm in Valencia from Enerfin, one of Spain's leading wind farm developers and operators and a subsidiary of Elecnor. As a result of this acquisition, Cubico's portfolio now comprises 30 assets located across eight countries, with a total gross capacity of approximately 2,000 MW installed across a breadth of technologies (wind, solar and water infrastructure).The acquired wind farm is located in the municipality of Jarafuel in the Valencia region. The wind farm comprises 29 E-70 Enercon wind turbines and has been operational since 2009.David Swindin, Head of EMEA at Cubico said: "This acquisition adds to our growing portfolio of renewable energy assets and marks our re-entry into the Spanish renewable market. Cubico is excited about the opportunities in Spain and we are looking to grow our assets in the country".Plenium Partners holds a minority position in the asset and will act as asset manager. Plenium Partners is an independent operator and investor in the renewable energy sector and co-owns or manages a diversified operating portfolio of 1,175 MW of wind, solar PV,

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There is a clear upward trend - wind turbines both on and offshore have been getting increasingly bigger for a number of years now. In this respect, Rostock-based EEW Special Pipe Constructions GmbH (EEW) has produced the world's largest monopile with a diameter of 7.8 metres and a length of 84.5 metres. For in-plant transportation, self-propelled InterCombi SPEs from SCHEUERLE (TII Group) are used. Logistics providers, Buss Port Logistics, loads the monopiles from the factory in Rostock onto barges with the help of SCHEUERLE SPMTs. These are subsequently transported to the Buss-owned Orange Blue Terminal in Eemshaven and unloaded again with the same vehicles. 54 of altogether 67 monopiles for the Veja Mate offshore wind park have already loaded but a lot of work is still waiting for the proven modular vehicles from SCHEUERLE (TII Group). A total of three monopiles are each loaded each time onto a barge using the Ro/Ro procedure, which then travels from Rostock to the interim storage facility in Eemshaven. Final destination is the North Sea off the German coast where the monopiles are being installed as part of a wind park which will supply electricity to 400,000 households. For the transport of the huge

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396-MW German offshore wind farm development project raises EUR 1.6 billionRepresents one of the largest project financed offshore wind projects in the countryStrong equity consortium with Partners Group, InfraRed Capital Partners, DEME and GEFirst large-scale commercial deployment of the GE Haliade 150-6MW turbineHamburg (DE) | On behalf of its shareholders, Merkur Offshore GmbH is pleased to announce that the 396-megawatt Merkur offshore wind development project has confirmed financial close. Merkur is a construction-ready wind farm located approximately 45km north of the islands of Borkum, Germany, in the North Sea. It will consist of 66 turbines and once complete will generate approximately 1,750 GWh annually, enough clean energy to power around 500,000 homes. A total capital investment of ca. EUR 1.6 billion was raised from equity investors and bank lenders on a non-recourse project financing basis.Close to EUR 500 million in equity was provided by a consortium of five sponsors comprising of Partners Group, the global private markets investment manager (with a 50% equity share on behalf of its clients); InfraRed Capital Partners, the infrastructure and real estate investment manager (with a 25% equity share on behalf of its infrastructure investors); DEME Concessions Wind, the infrastructure investment arm of the DEME

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