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


MTS Vigilant provides crucial anchor testing support for next-generation cable-laying vessel

Constanta, Romania, 9th February 2016 - Leading marine service provider, Marine and Towage Services Group Ltd. (MTS) has supported shipbuilder Damen during sea trials of its latest offshore cabling vessel, Maersk Connector. During the two-week testing period, MTS Vigilant, a Damen Shoalbuster, undertook essential anchor handling work to test the capabilities of the new vessel's advanced mooring systems ahead of her handover to end client Maersk Supply Service and charterer DeepOcean.

Current and anticipated growth in the offshore energy sector throughout European waters continues to drive demand for versatile subsea support vess

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Wind adds 13GW new capacity in 2015: 44% of all new power

Wind energy added more new capacity than any other form of power in Europe in 2015.

Across the 28 EU member states, wind accounted for 44% of all new power installations, connecting a total of 12.8GW to the grid - 9.766MW in onshore and 3,034MW offshore. The volume of new installations was 6.3% up on 2014. Total wind capacity in Europe now stands at 142GW and covers 11.4% of Europe's electricity needs.

Giles Dickson, Chief Executive Officer of the European Wind Energy Association, said: "These numbers show that wind is the driving force behind the EU's energy transition. Wind energy is a mature industry. It makes economic sense and is contributing significantly to Europe's energy security and competitiveness goals."Read more

New training grants global access to offshore crane operations

Maersk Training is proud to announce the launch of a new ambitious offshore crane operator programme. It is designed to grant crane operators and their companies access to offshore lifting operations worldwide.

Access to lifting operations worldwide
The comprehensive training programme targets crane operators at all levels and consists of three stages, each followed by strict qualification assessment including requirements on documented workplace experience in-between.

By completing all three stages, the course participant will become a qualified offshore crane operator able to globally conduct any lifting operation unsupervised, as the programme is DNV approved and complies with both LOLER, API, BS712

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CIRIA marine unexploded ordnance (UXO) assessment and management guidelines establish much-needed good practice rules for the marine construction industry

London, 10th February 2016 - The Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA) has today published essential guidelines for the management of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the marine environment.
CIRIA's report, entitled Assessment and management of unexploded ordnance (UXO) risk in the marine environment (C754) has been prepared by Royal HaskoningDHV, an international engineering and project management consultancy, and 6 Alpha Associates, a strategic advisor for managing offshore UXO risks.

As the offshore energy industry expands in UK a

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Wake up call for policymakers as China overtakes EU on wind installations

Europe risks losing its leadership in wind energy without a clear policy vision for renewables towards 2030.

In 2015, China overtook the EU for total installed wind energy capacity, according to statistics released today by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). China installed almost 3 times as much wind than the EU and now has 145GW total capacity to the EU's 142GW.

Giles Dickson, Chief Executive Officer of the European Wind Energy Association, said: "China overtaking the EU in wind energy is watershed moment. It sends a powerful message to policymakers: if Europe really wants to be number one in renewables it needs to get its act together. We need a clear EU vision for renewables beyond 2020. And great ambition and cla

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