offshore wind power foundation Articles

  • Innovation risk slows offshore wind foundation development

    As offshore wind technology develops ever more gigantic machines further from shore into deeper waters, it is common wisdom that new foundation technologies are needed. But are they? Monopile, and some jacket foundations, still dominate the offshore wind market in commercial operation. Prototype floating foundations are performing well in demo or pilot projects, but scaling up is only ...

  • 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

  • The Future Cost of Wind Power

    Chapter 1 The economics of wind power Wind power is capital intensive with most of the investment required upfront. The largest capital cost component is the turbine itself which can account for between 40% and 80% of the total capital cost of an onshore wind installation. Costs offshore are higher because of the more expensive operating environment and the greater difficulty establishing ...

  • 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 ...

  • Rising offshore plant capacities lead to greater data-based O&M gains

    The growing size of offshore wind farms provides greater scope for data optimisation during Operations and Maintenance, while software solutions can also help mitigate risk during the development phase, Marcus Ihle, Senior Consultant at Outsmart, said. Further gains could be made if operators share more data from their growing databases with other plant owners, Ihle said. The ...

  • The Emerging Power of Microgrids

    Over many decades, the centralized power grid — a one-way flow of electricity, generated by large, remote power plants and distributed over miles of transmission lines to homes and businesses — succeeded in delivering electricity across continents to billions. But in recent years the system’s shortcomings have become increasingly ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Environmental impacts of ocean-energy systems: a life-cycle assessment

    Ocean-energy technologies — which harvest renewable energy from the sea — will have a significant role to play in a future low-carbon society. A recent life-cycle analysis of different ocean-energy devices has found that life-cycle environmental impacts are caused mainly by the materials used in the mooring, foundations and structures. Improving the efficiency and lifespan of the ...

  • Energy head tilters for this week

    I’ve been writing about energy for 20 years. And during those years, I’ve heard many out-of-the box concepts and witnessed some surprising trends. But it seems that lately head-tilting news comes along more and more frequently, a sign I think of how quickly innovation is occurring in the electric power industry.Below are three ideas that caught my attention this week as I covered the industry. ...

  • Can we do without nuclear?

    James Smith, Chair of the Carbon Trust, considers the options for investment in low carbon electricity The euphoric phase on low carbon energy is over. There is no solution that is clean and cheap and always on. Yet we must make major investments in energy. Old coal and nuclear plants will have to close. And climate change has to be tackled or it will result in costly economic damage. So ...


    By Carbon Trust

  • Desertec: slow death or healthy evolution?

    After five years the Desertec Industrial Initiative will cease to exist in its current form. The question for the industry is whether this is a natural progression or a cause for concern. It has been a bumpy few weeks even by the turbulent standards of the Desertec Industrial Initiative’s short history. After a dwindling number of backers earlier this year decided to ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Meeting the world’s growing energy needs - a strategic perspective

    Clarence P. Cazalot, Jr., President & CEO of Marathon Oil Corporation, participated in a CEO Dialogue on The Future of Energy at GLOBE 2010. The focus of that Dialogue was on Leadership in the energy sector, which is perhaps more vital than in any other industrial sector in the global transformation to a lower-carbon economy. This article is a concise overview of the points Mr. Cazalot made ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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