offshore renewable energy Articles

  • Renewable energy production issues with the Cape Cod offshore wind energy programme

    This paper evaluates the first offshore wind farm proposal in the USA. It is being put forward by Cape Wind Associates, a Boston-based firm that wishes to build 170 turbines five miles offshore in Nantucket Sound. The proposed development would supply up to 95% Cape Cod's energy needs and 2% of the energy requirements for the eastern New England region, preventing the need for additional fossil ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Renewable energy: an uncomfortable position

    I have been looking at how the UK is doing against its EU renewable energy targets. These set us a target of having 15% of all energy from renewable sources by 2020. The government would have us believe that all is well. It’s most recent ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • Renewable energy progress report

    What is the Renewable energy progress report and what is its purpose? The Renewable Energy Directive states that a progress report should be issued every two years. The purpose of this progress report is to assess Member States' progress in the promotion and use of renewable energy in line with the 2020 targets. In addition, it contains sections on ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • Europe`s onshore and offshore wind energy potential

    The exploitation of renewable energy sources can help the European Union meet many of its environmental and energy policy goals, including its obligation to reduce greenhouse gases under the Kyoto Protocol (EC, 2002a) and the aim of securing its energy supply (EC, 2002b; EC, 2005). As early as 1997, the European Union set an ambitious 2010 indicative target of 12 % for the contribution of ...

  • Measuring Offshore Wind Resources

    To select the right offshore wind site, estimate the future energy output of a wind farm, and determine the best layout for the turbines, project developers must conduct wind resource assessment (WRA) campaigns on site. This is a critical phase of the successful development of wind farms. WRA campaigns on terrestrial sites have traditionally been performed using meteorological towers equipped ...


    By Renewable NRG Systems

  • EI enters offshore wind arena

    The G9 Offshore Wind Health and Safety Association (G9) was formed in 2012 to provide leadership on health and safety issues in the offshore wind industry. The G9 brings together nine of the world's largest renewable energy developers Centrica, DONG Energy E.ON. RWE Innogy. Scottish Power Renewables. SSE. Statkraft. Statoil and Vattenfall - to form a group that places health and safety at the ...


    By Energy Institute (EI)

  • 2013 to be Record Year for Offshore Wind

    Offshore wind power installations are on track to hit a seventh consecutive annual record in 2013. Developers added 1,080 megawatts of generating capacity in the first half of the year, expanding the world total by 20 percent in just six months. Fifteen countries host some 6,500 megawatts of offshore wind capacity. Before the year is out, the world total should exceed 7,100 megawatts. Although ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Look what’s cooking in the world of renewable energy

    The solar and wind innovations that got us where we are today — and those waiting in the wings — point to a hopeful future. Inside a sprawling single-story office building in Bedford, Mass., in a secret room known as the Growth Hall, the future of solar power is cooking at more than 2,500 °F. Behind closed ...


    By Ensia

  • Business model innovation for sustainable energy: how German municipal utilities invest in offshore wind energy

    Offshore wind energy is considered to have tremendous potential for Germany’s future electricity supply. Due to the technology’s capital intensity, however, offshore wind energy has so far been considered the domain of large utilities. Municipal utilities on the contrary traditionally have strong ties to their community and conduct low risk business models at the regional and local level. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Logistics Planning in Offshore Wind Farm Development

    “In the offshore wind power industry, logistics planning is the dominant driver to avoiding costly mistakes,” highlighted Jim Lanard, President, Offshore Wind Development Coalition. The technologies needed to set up offshore wind farms are available in the US, and what is needed the most is a focus on logistics that would make them happen efficiently, he added.  A speaker at the ...


    By Marcus Evans

  • Offshore Wind Development Picking Up Pace

    Wind power is the world’s leading source of renewable electricity, excluding hydropower, with 238,000 megawatts of capacity installed at the start of 2012. Thus far, almost all of this wind power has been tapped on land; worldwide just 4,600 megawatts of offshore wind farms were operating as of mid-2012. Offshore wind capacity is growing quickly, however, expanding nearly six-fold ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Q&A: A look at Shell Oil and Arctic offshore drilling

    Shell Oil drill vessels are heading to the Arctic. But they will not be permitted to drill into petroleum-bearing rock until a key piece of blowout response equipment, a capping stack, is on site. The capping stack is carried on the icebreaker Fennica, which arrived early Saturday for repairs in Portland, Oregon. Arctic offshore drilling opponents plan to demonstrate while the Fennica is ...


    By Associated Press

  • Monopiles to remain Dominant Offshore Foundation in Europe: Consultant

    Monopiles will be Europe’s dominant offshore wind foundation for the next five years despite increasing turbine capacity, Tim Fischer, Head of Wind at German consultancy Ramboll, said. Monopile projects have dominated the offshore wind market but windfarms are moving towards larger turbines requiring larger foundations. While many proponents are promoting ...

  • Planning of the grid integration of wind energy in Germany onshore and offshore up to the year 2020

    The ongoing penetration of large amounts of wind power capacities in Germany has strong impacts on the necessary promotion volumes (direct costs of Renewable Energy Source (RES) promotion) but also on necessary grid extensions, the future need for regulating and reserve power capacities, the thermal power plant system and the electricity price for end-consumers (indirect effects). On behalf of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Multi-megawatt wind turbines for offshore use: aspects of Life Cycle Assessment

    Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is an instrument to quantify environmental impacts of the entire energy supply chain. According to the LCA, an appropriate indicator system should comprise all steps of a system's life cycle: production, operational and disposal processes ("cradle-to-grave"). Cumulative Energy Demand (CED) might be seen as one part of LCA as far as the depletion of energy resources in ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Proposed offshore wind farm consents process in the UK: some considerations

    The objectives of the study were to define the full details of the consenting process for offshore wind farms in territorial waters (in England and Wales) and to develop guidance aimed primarily at developers outlining the consenting process in its entirety. Conclusions included: the formalisation of available routes to consents for developers; the formalisation of the requirement for a DTI ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • EC support for UK power link raises Ireland’s offshore export potential

    The European Commission (EC) announced November 18 it had given priority status to ISLES, a cluster of Irish Sea grid projects which would transmit power from proposed Irish offshore wind farms to the UK grid. There are currently five Irish offshore windfarm projects for a total 2.6 GW of capacity. The inclusion of ISLES in the EC’s list of “projects of common interest” allows ...

  • Offshore wind installation vessel capacity to tighten after 2020

    The existing fleet of turbine and foundation installation vessels is well suited to serve the European offshore wind market in the short and mid-term but it will not be sufficient to support installation demand after 2020, Michael Guldbrandtsen, senior consultant at MAKE Consulting, told Wind Energy Update. The next 2-3 years will continue to be dominated by orders for jack-up ...

  • UK offshore load factors accelerate on tech breakthroughs: 10-year study

    UK offshore load factors accelerate on tech breakthroughs: 10-year study The Crown Estate’s Offshore Wind Operational report 2015 shows there has been a gradual increase in the load factor for the UK fleet since 2004 on the back of more productive wind turbines, wind farms being built at windier sites and improved plant availability. The Crown Estate manages UK sovereign ...

  • Fugro acquires consultancy to boost renewables business

    Fugro Renewables (Wallingford, U.K.) announced that it has acquired ERT, an Edinburgh-based environmental consulting firm, to complement its suite of services provided to developers of offshore wind, wave, and tidal power projects. “From feasibility studies and initial assessments to site surveys and investigations, construction services, and ultimately, decommissioning, Fugro ...

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