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

First ever UK built offshore wind turbine blades arrive at Belfast

Blades designed, tested and manufactured on the Isle of Wight have arrived at MHI Vestas' pre-assembly facility in Belfast ready for installation at DONG Energy's Burbo Bank Extension project.

The first six 80 metre long blades for the 258 MW Burbo Bank Extension project have arrived at the MHI Vestas Offshore Wind pre-assembly facility in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The blades for the V164-8.0 MW turbines -which were designed, tested and manufactured at the MHI Vestas blade factory on the Isle of Wight- will be the first locally built blades to be installed at a UK offshore wind power plant.

The MHI Vestas factory on the Isle of Wight is where the unique skills and processes were developed that are necessary to produce blades on a la

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Ideol's floating technology at the core of the Mediterranean's first offshore wind farm

The French Government announced last Friday that it has selected Eolmed, the consortium assembled around Ideol's floating technology, for the development and construction of a 25MW Mediterranean offshore wind farm 15 km off the coastal town of Gruissan.

The consortium will be led by the French renewable energy developer Quadran and will include Ideol, the civil engineering leader Bouygues Travaux Publics and the wind turbine manufacturer Senvion.

The commissioning of the wind farm is expected by 2020, creating an estimated 300 local jobs throughout the development, construction and offshore installation phases.

Paul de la Guérivière (Ideol's CEO) commented : « With the first offshore wind turb

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SeaRoc Group Sets Out to Address Likely Cause of Financial Losses for Offshore Wind Farms

Cable failures contribute to 77% of the financial losses of global offshore wind projects. This is evidenced by data reported by leading underwriter for renewable energy, Gcube. According to the report, insurance claims in 2015 exceeded €60 million in relation to incidents surrounding the installation and operation of high-voltage subsea cables - 25% higher than in 2014. The financial implications of this concerning statistic can be significantly reduced with improved quality control during cable laying, as well as continuous monitoring and the implementation of reliable data collection and analysis platforms.

As the industry comes under increasing pressure to drive down costs, it is important for companies to address the issues that, according to the

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image007.jpg Siemens secures follow-up onshore wind project in Australia

• 32 SWT-3.2-113 Direct Drive wind turbines for Hornsdale Stage 2
• Clean renewable energy for more than 70,000 households
• Long-term service contract included

Siemens has been awarded a contract to supply, install and commission 32 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 3.2 megawatts and a rotor diameter of 113 meters, for the Hornsdale Stage 2 onshore wind farm in South Australia. Stage 2 is an addition to the Hornsdale Stage 1 wind farm project, for which Siemens has signed a contract in August 2015. The customer for both wind power plants is Neoen Australia, a business of the French company Neoen. With a capacity of 100 megawatts (MW), Hornsdale Stage 2 will be a major c

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UK leads Europe with £8.5bn boost from offshore wind

RenewableUK is responding to the release of a report from WindEurope covering investment in offshore wind for the first half of 2016. The report highlights that the UK attracted the lion's share of investment over the first six months of the year, with UK projects reaching Final Investment Decision (FID) worth €10.369bn (roughly £8.69bn), out of a total in Europe of €14.018 (roughly £11.74bn). This means that three-quarters of all Europe's investment in offshore wind is flowing through the UK.

RenewableUK's Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith, said:

"Offshore wind has been a real success story for the UK, and these latest figures are further evidence of this - investment in UK infrastructure pr

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