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The National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) has elected two new board members as it looks to expand its capabilities in the growing renewables, mining, defence and aquaculture sectors. Following a strategic review, NSRI identified the need to restructure in order to reflect the global energy transition. Although still heavily focused on the oil and gas market, the organisation will be looking to enhance its offerings to better support other offshore sectors. Simon Cheeseman, of the ORE Catapult and Claus Hjoerringgaard of Wood Clean Energy have joined the board of NSRI to support the organisation’s plans to support UK companies break into multiple energy markets. A former marine engineer, Mr Cheeseman joined the ORE Catapult in February 2014. He is responsible for managing the organisation’s marine renewables strategy, identifying the wave and tidal technology innovation needs. Previously, he worked with the Energy Technologies Institute, where he was marine programme manager for a range of high profile wave and tidal development projects. Mr Hjoerringgaard, currently managing director of Wood Clean Energy brings more than 25 years of experience having been involved in all aspects of commercial, technical and legal issues within the energy sector. Prior to joining Wood Clean Energy, he held a number of senior

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Aberdeen, UK 9th May 2018 – Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. has delivered a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to the University of Limerick (UL) to support its research into subsea inspection and intervention campaigns on renewable energy sector infrastructure. Designed and manufactured in-house at Forum’s Kirkbymoorside Yorkshire facility, the Comanche 2,000 metre observation class ROV was officially launched at the docks in Limerick City by Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD. The Comanche ROV was selected due to its high thrust-to-drag ratio enabling it to operate in strong currents, typical conditions for the offshore renewables industry. The ROV is equipped to a high specification with precision positioning and navigation systems, camera and lighting systems and sonars. The systems will be used as a test bed for research to develop capabilities for inspection, maintenance and repair work on Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) infrastructure in the challenging strong wave and current conditions at MRE test-sites and offshore MRE sites in Ireland and further afield. The ROV system is home ported at Limerick Docks in the Republic of Ireland. Researchers at UL’s Centre for Robotics and Intelligence Systems (CRIS) further enhanced the system with UL-developed advanced

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The next walk-to-work Damen SOV now in build In a ceremony held last Friday, the keel-laying ceremony for Bibby Marine Services’ second Damen SOV (Service Operations Vessel) 9020 WaveMaster vessel took place at Damen Shipyards Galati, in Romania. This event takes place less than a year after Bibby Marine Services took delivery of its sister-ship Bibby Wavemaster 1. The new vessel is due for delivery in August 2019 and has been contracted by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and EnBW for maintenance operations on two windfarms in German waters; Hohe See and Albatros, both owned by EnBW and Enbridge. The final name will be announced after a competition within Siemens Gamesa and EnBW, however it will continue to be part of the Bibby WaveMaster series. The SOV 9020 is a new class of purpose-built Service Operations Vessels (SOV) with Walk-to-Work (W2W) capability developed by Damen in consultation with the offshore renewables industry. The design is an entirely new concept from the ground up, combining DP2 capability, a new motion-compensated gangway, innovative hull design, a revolutionary internal layout, and a comprehensive range of additional innovations designed to increase efficiencies and reduce costs. Bibby Marine Services placed the order for Bibby Wavemaster 1 early in

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Banks Renewables has welcomed the decision by the Scottish Government to approve its Lethans Wind Farm, near New Cumnock, following the earlier decision of East Ayrshire Council to support the application. Previously, the Hamilton based green energy employer undertook an extensive redesign of the project to reduce its potential visual impact on the local landscape, including the reduction in the number of turbines from 26 to 22. With an expected capacity of around 88MW, Lethans Wind Farm represents a major boost towards achieving Scotland’s ambitious green energy targets; but more importantly it will deliver significant social and economic benefits to people in East Ayrshire. Maya Hernes, the project coordinator for Lethans at Banks Renewables, said: “We are really pleased with this decision as we feel it reflects the high level of local support for the project, as well as the huge amount of time and effort the team has put into refining the proposals and working with the local communities. “We must also thank East Ayrshire Council for taking the time to fully consider the opportunities the project presents as well as the possible impacts in making a balanced decision to support it. “We are now looking forward to developing the Lethans Community Share offer,

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In a bid to harness opportunities in the wave and tidal market, The National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) is hosting aMasterminingTM workshop in Aberdeen on Wednesday 16 May for subsea supply chain companies. Scotland is playing a leading role in the commercialisation of wave and tidal stream energy, including via the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney and the world’s first large-scale tidal stream array, MeyGen, in the Pentland Firth, which generated first power in 2016. The emerging sector is already generating significant commercial opportunities. More than £450m has been spent across the UK wave and tidal supply chain to date and the global industry is forecast to be worth up to £76bn by 2050, subject to successful commercialisation. The workshop – comprising speakers, case studies and technical sessions – is aimed at technical specialists, businesses and researchers within the subsea, wave and tidal communities and will draw upon research undertaken by NSRI and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult & Energy Technology Partnership to explore current and future technical challenges and commercial opportunities. Targeted at technical specialists, the workshop aims to explore the challenges and opportunities within the growing wave and tidal energy industry, increase supply chain awareness of opportunities in the sector and

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Alfa Laval has signed fleet agreements with Polsteam and Nova Ship Tech SA for the supply of PureBallast 3, the third generation of Alfa Laval’s ballast water treatment technology. Under the agreements, Alfa Laval will provide dozens of Polsteam and Nova Ship Tech SA vessels with PureBallast 3 systems – the vast majority of which will handle large flows of more than 1000 m3/h. The agreements with Polsteam and Nova Ship Tech SA come as many ship owners shift their focus from individual ballast water treatment systems to complete fleet solutions. Over the past year, clarifications of the ballast water management legislation have made it easier – and more important – to maintain a wider, more long-term perspective. “Leading actors like Polsteam and Nova Ship Tech SA are now pursuing ballast water treatment system retrofits in earnest,” says Anders Lindmark, Head of Alfa Laval PureBallast. “In light of recent directives from authorities, they are keen to secure not just the right technology, but also a stable partner who will be there to support them in the long term.” Large systems and strong partnership Polsteam’s fleet agreement expands upon a previous investment in PureBallast 3 systems that the company made in mid-2017. With the installation

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Solidify position in core markets with modular product portfolio Hamburg/Courbevoie: Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, has concluded six contracts in Belgium totalling 32 megawatts (MW). Four wind projects are located in the Flanders region and two others in the Walloon region from different clients. In the Flanders region, Senvion has concluded contracts with customers including EDF Luminus for Eeklo wind farm, Aspiravi for Scherpenheuvel-Zichem-Bekkevoort and Webbekom wind farms and Eneco for Zelzate wind farm. Eeklo wind farm consists of six Senvion wind turbines combining MM92 and MM100 types. Aspiravi's wind farms total three 3.4M114 wind turbines at 119 metres hub height and the Eneco's wind project comprises one 3.4M114 turbine at 116 meter hub height. The commissioning of these wind farms will be completed in the last quarter of this year. The scope of the Flanders projects includes maintenance agreements up to fifteen years. In the Walloon region, Senvion has concluded with Wind4Wallonia2 - a joint subsidiary of ENGIE Electrabel and Walloon intermunicipalities - two contracts, consisting of two Senvion MM92 wind turbines for Soignies wind farm and one Senvion MM100 wind turbine for the extension of the existing wind farm Leuze en Hainaut. Both wind farms are expected to

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Today, the jack-up installation vessel "Sea Installer" will start the installation of the Rentel wind turbines in the North Sea. Start of the installation of the offshore wind turbines Rentel NV has started the offshore installation of its wind turbines. The jack-up installation vessel “Sea Installer” of DEME loaded the first wind turbine components for the Rentel wind farm in the port of Ostend. The wind turbines will be installed offshore in the days to come. The installation of the 42 wind turbines will be completed after the summer. The first wind turbines are expected to already generate green energy before the summer. Ready-made construction kit All components of the wind turbines for the Rentel wind farm were constructed onshore and are currently stored in the port of Ostend. There, the different components of the tower were assembled into one tower. This means that a construction kit consisting of a tower, a nacelle and three rotor blades is created for each wind turbine. This is necessary to facilitate the installation at sea. Nathalie Oosterlinck, CEO Rentel: “The kick-off for the offshore installation of our wind turbines is the start of the last phase of the construction process. I wish all

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From 7 until 10 May 2018, ELA Container Offshore USA Corp. will be exhibiting at the biggest US-based windpower exhibition. Hosted by the American Wind Energy Association. The AWEA Windpower 2018 will be held in the McCormick Place Convention Centre in Chicago, Illinois (US). At booth #3223-8 in the German pavilion, ELA Container Offshore USA Corp. will be represented by Mr. Hans Gatzemeier, President & CEO of ELA Container Offshore USA Corp. and Houston (TX) based Mr. Daniel Melcher, Business Development Manager for the Americas. “Being the biggest event for the wind energy industry in North America, the AWEA Windpower 2018 offers the perfect platform to show our dedication to the US-market.”, says Hans Gatzemeier,. “It´s a great opportunity to gain more in-depth knowledge of the wind industry in the US and expand our already existing network even further.”, according to Daniel Melcher. The ELA Container Offshore USA Corp. will exhibit for the first time at the AWEA Windpower as part of the German Pavilion. “We are excited about the upcoming AWEA 2018 in Chicago, as an exhibitor as well as a participant of the fair, we look forward to great events, information exchange and an interesting fair.”, so Daniel Melcher continues. All

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Spain, May 07 2018. Ingeteam and Indar, independent suppliers of electrical conversion equipment, will exhibit at AWEA WINDPOWER 2018, to be held this year in Chicago, United States, May 7-10. At this occasion, Ingeteam will present its latest developments in the field of O&M predictive maintenance with its Ingeboards data analysis platform, as well as a broad range of cutting-edge wind energy products. One of the largest wind energy events in North America, AWEA WINDPOWER 2018 expects to host thousands of industry professionals, who will have the opportunity to share their vision for wind power. At stand #2440, Ingeteam and Indar will showcase their latest products and O&M services, including power converters, generators, turbine controllers, Condition Monitoring Systems (CMS), Smart SCADA management systems and innovative developments related to the provision of operation and maintenance services for onshore and offshore wind farms. Ingeteam offers low and medium voltage wind power converters, optimized for DFIG and FC topologies and specifically designed to fulfil the strictest grid codes. Air cooled, air/water cooled and full water cooled solutions for harsh environments, up to 15 MW. The power converters are designed to increase reliability, boost efficiency and reduce maintenance costs. The company is the world’s number one

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