Wind energy articles from the Power and Energy Solutions, renewable energy magazine and website.

FLiDAR optimises costs in combined operation

During a recent two week offshore operation, FLiDAR chartered one vessel to serve three clients.

The Pole Star began its journey in Oban, Scotland, first sailing to the NAREC met mast to pick up one of the FLiDAR buoys which had just finished a successful post validation campaign for Mainstream Renewable Power's Neart na Gaoithe project, completing a successful wind measurement campaign. In less than a day the buoy and the double mooring system had been collected.

David Sweenie , Project Manager at Mainstream Renewable Power said: "Collaboration is a key contributor to reducing cost, and we are delighted with FLiDAR's approach to managing their vessels between clients. The equipment was retrieved safely

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CWind wins crew transfer vessel contract at Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm

CWind has today announced that it has won a six months contract to provide crew transfer services to Greater Gabbard Offshore wind farm. Its 19m catamaran, one of more than 20 crew transfer vessels in the fleet operated by CWind, will assist with O&M activities at the project, which became operational in August 2013. Under the contract, Greater Gabbard may decide to extend the charter of the vessel by an additional three months.

Peter Jorgensen, Managing Director, CWind commented on the contract win: "This new contract with Greater Gabbard Offshore wind farm further demonstrates our position as a leading provider in offshore wind transfer services. Our crew transfer services set the standard for safety, speed of deployment, cost effectiveness in

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Siemens and Esvagt christen wind industry’s first offshore Service Operation Vessels

• Flagship of Siemens comprehensive offshore logistics concept
• Benefits include increased wind turbine uptime and power production
• Contributes to lowering costs associated with wind energy
• ‘Esvagt Faraday' set for service operations at Butendiek wind farm in North
• ‘Esvagt Froude' to be utilized for service at Baltic II wind farm in Baltic Sea

Joined by government and community officials, customers and special guests, Siemens this week celebrated the official christenings of the offshore wind industry's very first, purpose-built Service Operation Vessels (SOV). The christening events took place in c

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Seazip Offshore Service gets off to a successful start in the offshore oil and gas industry

Harlingen-based SeaZip Offshore Service has entered into a partnership agreement with Heerema Marine Contractors (HMC). HMC, the world's market leader in transporting, installing and dismantling offshore oil and gas installations, has contracted service vessel SeaZip 4 for its annual project activities in the North Sea for the coming summer months. SeaZip Offshore Service is thus getting off to a successful start in the international oil and gas industry.

Delivered early this year, SeaZip 4 is the fourth Damen Fast Crew Supplier 2610 in the SeaZip Offshore Service fleet. She is one of the first ‘Twin Axe Bow' service vessels to be deployed in the offshore oil and gas industry. All other vessels of this type provide services for the offshore wind i

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Vortex FORECAST helps India’s wind industry look ahead

  • Spain's renewable energy modelling specialist, Vortex, is contributing crucial data to a first-of-its- kind project to improve wind forecasting and scheduling in Tamil Nadu, India.
  • The pilot project launched on 13 May by the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) will help Tamil Nadu's state-owned electricity generation and distribution utility, Tangedco, better manage fluctuations in energy generation from the region's 7.4 GW of installed wind capacity.
  • Vortex and NIWE will provide electricity generation forecasts down to a fifteen-minute resolution up to 10 days ahead; with bulletins being revised every three hours to provide accurate pred

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