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Bureau Veritas Launches Floating Wind Verification Tool (New Prod.)
Bureau Veritas
Date: 2021-06-07
Paris-headquartered global testing, inspection and certification services provider Bureau Veritas is reporting the introduction of OPERA, a new digital simulation tool to support the certification of floating offshore wind turbines.

OPERA provides an independent and integrated modelling solution that includes all components of a floating wind turbine, from mooring systems to blades, integrated loads analysis taking into account all types of couplings and supports the design review team in case of technical issues, according to the release. (Source: Bureau Veritas , PR, 7 June, 2021) Contact: Bureau Veritas , Laurent Leblanc, Snr. VP, www.group.bureauveritas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bureau Veritas,  Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind,  Wind,  


Barbados Consideing Renewable Energy Options (Int'l. Report)
Barbados
Date: 2021-04-26
In Bridgetown, the Barbados Ministry of Energy, Small Business and Entrepreneurship reports it is considering various options for the island nation of 287,000 residents to meet its National Energy Policy target of 100 pct renewable energy by 2030. To that end, the Ministry is reviewing a recently completed feasibility study from global energy engineering consultancy and asset management specialist ITPEnergised to identify alternative energy sources for the island.

ITPEnergised, supported by local and international experts, considered wave energy and other ocean energy options as well fixed offshore, floating offshore wind and ocean thermal energy conversion projects from a technical, environmental and logistical perspective as well local supply chain, connectivity to the electricity grid, tourism impact and various financial and other considerations to determine the practicality of these technologies in Barbados.

After reviewing 16 possible ocean energy project sits the report concluded wave and ocean energy was not suitable for Barbados due to the level of "commercial-scale un-readiness" and recommended development of fixed and floating offshore wind turbine systems located off the island's north coast. (Source: Barbados Ministry of Energy, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Jamaica leaner, 24 Apr., 2021) Contact: ITPEnergised, +44 (0) 20 7081 2846, info@itpenergised.com, www.itpenergised.com; Barbados Ministry of Energy, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, www.commerce.gov.bb

More Low-Carbon Energy News Barbados,  Renewable Energy,  Wave Energy,  


Nat. Offshore Wind R&D Consort. Projects Announced (Ind. Report)
National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium
Date: 2021-03-31
The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, which was established with funding from U.S. DOE, has selected 15 new projects to receive a total of $8 million for offshore wind support structure innovation, U.S.-based supply chain development, electrical systems innovation, and solutions for impacts on wildlife and radar.

The selections announced today include:

  • Four projects to develop innovative support structures (including foundations and moorings) for very large fixed-bottom and floating offshore wind turbines to achieve economies of scale;

  • Three projects that propose innovative solutions to supply chain and installation challenges including spiral welded towers, a self-positioning blade installation tool, and unmanned aerial devices for inspections;

  • Five projects to support innovations in grid interconnection and transmission;

  • Three technology development projects to mitigate use conflicts, including wildlife monitoring and radar interference. The 15 new projects bring the Consortium’s total funding portfolio to $28 million for 40 projects. This announcement supports a goal to deploy 30 gigawatts of U.S. offshore wind by 2030.

    DOE established the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium in 2018 to address research priorities for offshore wind as defined in the National Offshore Wind Strategy, which was developed jointly by DOE and the DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

    The Consortium is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with DOE and NYSERDA each providing $20.5 million to fund high-impact research projects that lower the costs of U.S. offshore wind.

    Download details HERE (Source: US DOE, Wind Energy Technology Office, National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium, www.nationaloffshorewind.org; NYSERDA, Doreen Harris, Acting CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium,  Offshore Wind,  


  • Offshore Wind Proposal Floated in Oregon (Reg. & Leg.)
    Oregon
    Date: 2021-03-22
    In Salem, the Oregon House of Representatives is considering bill HR 3375, legislation calling for establishment of a task force and strategic plan on floating offshore wind and targeting development of 3 GW of floating wind energy in federal waters off the Oregon coast by 2030.

    According to a 2019 National Renewable Energy Laboratory study -- Oregon Offshore Wind Site Feasibility and Cost Study -- floating wind off Oregon was a “promising’ potential source of clean energy for the state” because 97 pct of the 62 GW of available technical offshore wind energy resource in Oregon is in water depths greater than 60 meters. (Source: Oregon Representative David Brock Smith (R) , riviera, 19 Mar., 2021) Contact: Oregon State Representative David Brock Smith, www.oregonlegislature.gov/smithd

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind news,  Offshore Wind news,  


    Bureau Veritas Claims French Floating Wind Farm Certification Contract (Int'l. Report)
    Bureau Veritas,Qairos Energies
    Date: 2021-03-10
    International inspection and classification company Bureau Veritas (BV) reports receipt of a project certification contract for EolMed, a floating offshore wind farm pilot project in France. The project is being developed by Qairos Energies along with Total, Ideol, and Vestas Wind Systems A/S.

    Located in the Mediterranean Sea Aude region, EolMed is one of four floating pilot farms under development in France. It will incorporate three Vestas V164-10 MW wind turbines totaling 30MW installed on floating foundations anchored at an average depth of 60 meters.

    Bureau Veritas will provide technical expertise and assessment of the floating foundations, their mooring system and the dynamic sections of the inter-array cables. (Source: Bureau Veritas, PR, 9 Mar., 2021) Contact: Bureau Veritas, Bruno Ferreyra, Exec. VP., Delphine Doungouss, Media, +33 (0)1 55 24 70 95, delphine.doungouss@bureauveritas.com, www.bureauveritas.com; Qairos Energies, www.qairos-energies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bureau Veritas,  Offshore Wind,  


    Greek Floating Offshore Wind Farm Plan Announced (Int'l.)
    Ocean Winds, Terna Energy
    Date: 2021-03-05
    Madrid-headquartered Ocean Winds, a 50/50 joint venture between EDP Renewables and Engie, reports inking a collaboration agreement with Athens-headquartered headquartered renewable energy developer Terna Energy SA to co-develop a roughly 1.5-GW floating offshore wind project in Greece.

    The two parties have joined forces to identify the most suitable areas for the offshore wind project. Ocean Winds aims to become one of the top five global offshore wind developers and operators, according to the release. (Source: ENGIE, EDP, Smart Energy, 23 July, 2020) (Source: Terna Energy, Ocean Winds, Splashe247, 3 Mar., 2021) Contact: ENGIE, Gwenaelle Avice-Huet, VP Renewables, www.engie.com/en; EDP Renewables, (713) 265-0350 (Houston), +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com; Ocean Winds, Spyros Martinis, CEO, www.oceanwind.co; Terna Energy, +30 210 6968000, Fax +30 210 6968098-99, info@terna-energy.com, www.terna-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ocean Winds,  Terna Energy,  FLoating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    BW Offshore Entering Floating Offshore Wind Market (Int'l.)
    BW Offshore, Ideol
    Date: 2021-02-24
    Oslo and Singapore-headquartered BW Offshore is reporting a €60 million ($73 million) investment in La Ciotat, France-headquartered Ideol S.A. to create BW Ideol, a global integrated floating offshore wind company. With the investment Ideol S.A. will become a wholly owned subsidiary of BW Ideol.

    BW Offshore expects to hold about 50 pct of the shares outstanding in BW Ideol while Ideol management and employees are expected to own about 20 pct of the shares post listing. The transaction and listing subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

    Ideol has installed two full-scale demonstration wind turbines based on its patented floater design and is building a sizeable pipeline of projects as co-developer in Japan, Europe, and the US. (Source: Ideol, 19 Feb., 2021) Contact: Ideol S.A., +33 4 86 20 80 50, www.ideol-offshore.com/en; BW Offshore, Marco Beenen, CEO, +47 2313 0000, contact@bwoffshore.com, www.bwoffshore.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Offshore Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Ideol,  


    CIP Plans Scotland Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l.)
    Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2021-01-22
    Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) reports it is seeking input from Scottish government Ministers for the proposed Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm to be constructed 6 km off the coast of Dounreay, Caithness.

    The proposed project would be developed by Midlothia-based Highland Wind Ltd. and would incorporate 6-10 turbines of 10-16 MW mounted on foundation that could support either 1 or 2 turbines, and up to 25km of 66 kV dynamic array cables and up to 10-20km, 110 kV export cabling.

    Financial close on the project is expected in 2024 with turbine installation and commissioning in 2026. (Source: CIP, Highland Wind Limited 4C Offshore, 18 Jan., 2021) Contact:Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Highland Wind Ltd.,  Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  Offshore Wind,  Floating Offshore Wind ,  


    Mitsui, Bombora Partner on Wind-Wave Energy Projects (Int'l.)
    Mitsui, Bombora
    Date: 2021-01-11
    In Japan, maritime merchant fleet operator Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and Welsh marine energy developer Bombora are reporting an agreement to identify potential opportunities and applications for Bombora's mWave and wind energy projects in Japan the neighbouring area.

    Bombora is currently in the final assembly phase of its 1.5MW mWave Pembrokeshire Demonstration Project in Wales with installation scheduled for mid-2021. Looking beyond the test and validation this year, Bombora is forging ahead with technological and commercial advancements. InSPIRE, Bombora's partnership project with global EPC contractor, TechnipFMC, to integrate mWave and wind generation on one floating offshore platform has already commenced. The first phase of the InSPIRE project will realise the demonstration of a 12MW Integrated mWave and wind floating platform. Phase two makes the leap to an industry leading 18MW. Significant gains are made from integrating mWave and wind onto a single platform. It is possible to generate 50 pct more power from seabed lease areas and 50 pct more consistent power than just offshore wind. Most important of all is the ability to accelerate the cost reduction pathway for this emerging sector, delivering a 20 pct lower cost of energy than floating offshore wind alone.

    Japan aims to install 10GW of offshore wind energy by 2030 rising to between 30GW and 45GW by 2040 as part of the country's effort to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: Bombora, Business News Pembrokeshire , 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: Bombora, +44 1646 233140, www.bomborawave.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsui,  Bombora ,  Wind,  Wave Energy,  


    Sevan's SWACH Joins Floating Wind Tech Race (Int'l. Report)
    Sevan SPP
    Date: 2021-01-08
    Norwegian engineering firm Sevan SPP is touting its SWACH (small waterplane area cylindrical hull) floating offshore wind technology.

    The Sevan SWACH design is a cylindrical floating moonpool foundation for offshore wind. It is scalable up 14MW turbines and offers excellent motion characteristics in challenging and harsh conditions. It is also suitable for modularized fabrication and assembly, and the shallow draft enables the structure to be fully assembled onshore with a wet tow to final location, , according to the company (Source: Sevan, PR, renews, 6 Jan., 2020) Contact: Sevan SPP, +47 37 40 40 00, www.sevanssp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Bombora, TechnipFMC Partner on Floating Foundations (Ind. Report)
    Bombora Wave Energy,TechnipFMC
    Date: 2020-12-04
    UK-based wave energy converter developer Bombora Wave Energy and Netherlands-headquartered energy services provider TechnipFMC report they are partnering to work on an Integrated Semi-Submersible Platform with Innovative Renewable Energy (InSPIRE) floating offshore wind platform pairing ocean wave energy with offshore wind. The two companies will develop a floating offshore wind foundation incorporating Bombora's mWave technology that combines wave energy and wind power on a shared platform.

    For the project, a Phase 1 Demonstrator will develop a 12MW platform -- combined mWave (4MW) and wind turbine (8MW) on a shared floating platform. The commercial Phase 2 envisions 18MW combined mWave (6MW) and wind turbine (12MW) on a shared floating platform. (Source: Bombora Wave Energy, OE, 3 Dec., 2020) Contact: TechnipFMC, +31 (0)79 3293 600, tpbenelux@technipfmc.com, www.technipfmc.com; Bombora Wave Energy, +44 1646 233140, www.bomborawave.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bombora Wave Energy,  Float Foundation,  Offshore Wind,  TechnipFMC ,  


    Ocean Winds North America Launched (Ind. Report)
    Ocean Winds North America
    Date: 2020-11-11
    EDP Renewables and ENGIE are reporting the formation of Madrid-headquartered Ocean Winds (OW) and its U.S. arm OW North America with 5.5 GW of committed offshore assets starting with a total of 1.5 GW under construction and 4.0 GW under development. By the mid 2020's the company aims to have 5 to 7 GW of projects in operation or under construction and 5 to 10 GW under advanced development.

    OW North America holds a 50 pct ownership stake in Mayflower Wind. and is a partner in the Redwood Coast Windfloat Atlantic -- a fully operational floating offshore wind farm in Portugal. OW will fill EDPR's role in the Redwood Coast public-private consortium committed to developing an offshore wind project utilizing floating platform technology off the coast of Humboldt County in Northern California. (Source: EDP Renewables , ENGIE, Windpower Engineering Dev., 9 Nov., 2020) Contact: EDP Renewables, www.edpr.com' Ocean Winds, Spyros Martinis, CEO, www.oceanwind.com;Mayflower Wind, John Hartnett, Pres., 508-589-3557, info@mayflowerwind.com, www.mayflowerwind.com; ENGIE, Gwenaelle Avice-Huet, VP Renewables, +33 (0) 1 44 22 66 29, ir@engie.com, www.engie.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Mayflower Wind,  Ocean Winds North America ,  Offshore Wind,  EDP Renewables,  ENGIE,  


    Greenalia Developing Canary Island Floating Wind Project (Int'l.)
    Greenalia
    Date: 2020-09-25
    Coruna, Spain-headquartered wind energy developer Greenalia reports it has begun development activity on 200MW of floating offshore wind projects off the Spanish island of Gran Canaria.

    Greenalia has filed project and environmental planning applications for the four 50MW projects -- Dunas, Mojo, Cardon and Guanche -- each of which are located off the south-east coast of Gran Canaria island. Each project will consist of four 12.5MW offshore wind turbines atop floating foundations anchored to the seabed. (Source: Greenalia, PR, Sept., 2020) Contact: Greenalia, +34 902 905 910, info@greenalia.es, www.greenalia.es

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Wind,  Greenalia,  


    S.Korean National Oil Opting into Offshore Wind (Int'l. Report)
    Korea National Oil Corporation
    Date: 2020-09-09
    In Ulsan, the South Korean state-owned Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) is reporting plans to build floating offshore wind turbines and establish a carbon capture and storage (CCS) operation in an East Sea gas field slated to be shut down in June 2022.

    The KNOC initiative is in line with South Korean state -owned energy sector companies efforts to expand into new eco-friendly businesses. (Source: Korea National Oil Corporation, PR, Korea Bizwire, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: Korea National Oil Corporation, www.knoc.co.kr/ENG/main.jsp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Korea National Oil Corporation ,  Offshore Wind,  CCS,  


    Korean National Oil Co. Planning East Sea CCS Project (Int'l.)
    Korea National Oil Corporation
    Date: 2020-09-09
    In Ulsan, the South Korean state-owned Korea National Oil Corporation (KNOC) is reporting plans to build floating offshore wind turbines and establish a carbon capture and storage (CCS) operation in an East Sea gas field slated to be shut down in June 2022.

    The KNOC initiative is in line with state -owned energy sector companies efforts to expand into new eco-friendly businesses. (Source: Korea National Oil Corporation, PR, Korea Bizwire, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: Korea National Oil Corporation, www.knoc.co.kr/ENG/main.jsp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Korea National Oil Corporation news,  


    TOTAL Joins Korean Floating Offshore Wind Projects (Int'l. Report)
    TOTAL,Macquarie Green Investment Group
    Date: 2020-09-02
    Paris-headquartered French energy major TOTAL reports it is partnering with Macquarie Green Investment Group to develop five floating offshore wind farms off the eastern and southern coasts of South Korea. The first 500-mw project is expected to begin construction by the end of 2023.

    Total notes it holds a majority stake in a floating wind project off Wales and is increasing its renewable energy investments overall with the intent of holding stakes in at least 25 gigawatts of renewable generation capacity in 2025. (Source: TOTAL, BNN, Sept., 2020) Contact: TOTAL, www.total.com; Macquarie Green Investment Group, www.greeninvestmentgroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Macquarie Green Investment Group ,  


    Offshore Wind Notable Quote from GWEC
    Global Wind Energy Council
    Date: 2020-08-10
    "As the (offshore wind) market continues to grow, industry innovations such as floating offshore wind power, larger and more efficient turbines, as well as solutions Power-to-X will continue to open new doors and markets for the sector and place the marine industry in an increasingly important position to drive the global energy transition." -- Feng Zhao, Strategy Director, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), Aug., 2020

    The world market for offshore wind farm energy has jumped by 24 pct every year since 2013. 29.1 GW are generated in the world and the forecast is that in 2030 we will achieve 234 GW offshore wind turbines, according to the GWEC.

    GWEC anticipates that by 2030 more than 205 GW of offshore wind power capacity will be added globally, including at least 6.2 GW of floating offshore wind turbines, according to the GWEC World Report. (Source: GWEC, PR, 9 Aug., 2020) Contact: Global Wind Energy Council, www.gwec.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GWEC,  Offshore Wind,  


    UMaine Joins $147Mn Floating Offshore Wind Effort (Ind. Report)
    University of Maine, Aqua Ventus
    Date: 2020-08-07
    The University of Maine (UMaine) reports it will collaborate with New England Aqua Ventus LLC, which includes Diamond Offshore Wind, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp., and RWE Renewables , that are investing $100 million in a project aimed at showing the feasibility of a full-scale, floating wind turbine in deep water. The $100 million investment is in addition to $47 million in grants already awarded by the U.S. DOE.

    Using a floating concrete hull designed to last 100 years the project will support a 10- to 12-MW wind turbine 2 miles south of Monhegan Island and 14 miles from the Maine coast. Three mooring lines will anchor the hull in 300 feet of water.

    UMaine's Advanced Structures and Composites Center will continue with design and engineering, research and development and post-construction monitoring. So far, the VolturnUS technology has been issued 43 patents and is being licensed by UMaine to New England Aqua Ventus for this project. Aqua Ventus will own and manage permitting, construction, assembly, deployment and ongoing operations. Following extensive permitting, deployment is expected by 2023. (Source: University of Maine, Kennebec Sentinel, 5 Aug., 2020) Contact: Maine Aqua Ventus, Meghan Collins, (207) 581-2117, www.maineaquaventus.com; University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center, Dr. Habib Dagher, Exec. Dir., 207-581-2123, www.composites.umaine.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Maine,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Aqua Ventus ,  


    WindFloat Atlantic Operating at Full Capacity (Int'l. Report)
    Vestas Offshore ,Principle Power
    Date: 2020-07-29
    MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is reporting installation of the third and last V164-8.4 MW wind turbine on Principle Power's semi-submersible WindFloat Atlantic test platform 20 km off the Portuguese coast. The V164-8.4 MW wind turbines are the largest commercially-operating wind turbines installed offshore on floating platforms anywhere in the world.

    WindFloat Atlantic is the first floating offshore wind farm in continental Europe, and will deliver an installed capacity of 25 MW -- sufficient power for 60,000 consumers in one year. The WindFloat Atlantic project was developed by the Windplus consortium, made up of EDP Renewables, Engie, Repsol and Principle Power. (Source: MHI Vestas, PR, reve, 28 July, 2020) Contact: Principle Power, (510) 280- 5180, www.principlepowerinc.com; Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Principle Power,  Vestas,  WindFloat,  Offshore Wind,  Wind Turbine,  MHI Vestas,  Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP),  


    Simply Blue Plans Irish Floating Offshore Wind Project (Int'l.)
    Simply Blue Energy,Principle Power
    Date: 2020-07-08
    In the UK, Simply Blue Energy reports it has submitted an application to the Irish Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage to carry out site investigations for a potential floating offshore wind project near the Kinsale gas field in the Celtic Sea off Ireland's south coast.

    The Emerald project, which would use Principle Power's WindFloat floating foundations, is expected to have a total capacity of up to 1 GW.

    The project is expected to get underway in summer 2021, starting with a 100 MW demonstration array and building to the overall capacity of 1 GW. (Source: Simply Blue Energy, offshorebiz, July, 2020) Contact: Simply Blue Energy, +44 808 284 9441, wind@simplyblueenergy.com, www.simplybueenergy.com; Principle Power, (510) 280- 5180, www.principlepowerinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Simply Blue Energy,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Principle Power,  


    JERA, Partners Plan 2-GW Floating Offshore Wind JV (Int'l.)
    JERA,Ademe Investissement,Ideol
    Date: 2020-06-22
    Japanese utility JERA reports it has partnered with France's Ademe Investissement and Ideol SA to develop at least 2 GW of global floating offshore wind projects over the next five years.

    The three firms will finance the development phase of several floating offshore wind projects all of which will be based on Ideol's high-local-content technology

    "JERA combines the strengths of the Tokyo Electric Power Group and the Chubu Electric Power Group, JERA can fulfill the public interest of providing internationally competitive energy to Japan while ensuring a strong position on the increasingly competitive international energy market," according to its website. (Source: JERA, Website, 22 June, 2020) Contact: JERA, www.jera.co.jp/english

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ademe Investissement news,  JERA news,  Floating Wind news,  Ideol news,  


    $10.3Mn in Offshore Wind R&D Grants Announced (Ind. Report)
    National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium
    Date: 2020-06-08
    The not-for-profit National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (the Consortium) is reporting the selection of 12 projects for contract negotiation, completing its first solicitation for offshore wind research and development technology projects.

    The 12 awards totaling $10.3 million will support a variety of research areas, including comprehensive U.S. supply chain analyses, studying the impacts of offshore wind on the electric grid system and innovations in anchoring structures. The awarded projects include:

  • Demonstration of Shallow-Water Mooring Components for FOWTs (ShallowFloat)-- Principle Power Inc.;

  • Design and Certification of Taut-synthetic Moorings for Floating Wind Turbines -- University of Maine;

  • Dual-Functional Tuned Inerter Damper for Enhanced Semi-Sub Offshore Wind Turbine -- Virginia Tech University;

  • Innovative Anchoring System for Floating Offshore Wind, Triton Systems Inc.:

  • Techno-Economic Mooring Configuration and Design for Floating Offshore Wind -- University of Massachusetts Amherst.

    As the first federally-funded public-private partnership focused on advancing offshore wind technology in the U.S., the Consortium supports the cost-effective and responsible development of offshore wind to maximize the economic benefit to the country.

    Virginia, Massachusetts and Maryland also contribute to the Consortium's funding. NYSERDA administered the initial solicitation on behalf of the Consortium. (Source: National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, PR, JUne, 2020) Contact: National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium, Carrie Cullen Hitt, Exec. Dir., www.nationaloffshorewind.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


  • Greenalia's Gran Canaria Floating Wind Farm Underway (Int'l Report)
    Greenalia
    Date: 2020-06-05
    In Spain, Coruna-based independent power producer and renewable energy specialist Greenalia reports construction of its first floating offshore wind energy installation is underway.

    The 50 MW GOFIO wind farm Southeast of the Island of Gran Canaria incorporates four 12.5 MW marine wind turbines to generate sufficient energy for as many as 70,000 homes while avoiding 140,000 tpy of CO2 emissions, according to the company release. (Source: Greealia, PR reve, 3 June, 2020) Contact: Greenalia, +34 902 905 910, info@greenalia.es, www.greenalia.es

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Greenalia,  


    French Floating Offshore Wind Project Finds Financing (Int'l. Funding)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2020-05-13
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved an undisclosed sum to finance the development of the 30 MW Golfe du Lion offshore floating wind project, 16 km off the coast of the Leucate-Le Barcares area in the Mediterranean Sea. .

    The demonstration project will incorporate three V164 MHI Vestas 10 MW wind turbines supported by Principle Power's WindFloat semi-submersible floating foundations. The project, which is being developed by Eoliennes Flottantes du Golfe du Lion (EFGL), a consortium comprising Engie, EDP Renewables, and Caisse des Depots, is expected to be commissioned in 2022. The commissioning of the wind farm is scheduled for 2022 (Source: EIB, offshore wind biz, 12 May, 2020) (Contact: Eoliennes Flottantes du Golfe du Lion, www.info-efgl.fr; EIB, www.eib.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  European Investment Bank,  


    TOTAL Takes Stake in UK Floating Offshore Wind sector Project (M&A)
    TOTAL,Blue Energy
    Date: 2020-03-27
    French oil and gas major Total is reporting acquisition of an 80 pct stake in Simply Blue Energy's planned 96MW Erebus floating offshore wind to be built off the coast of Wales in the Celtic Sea.

    The Erebus project is intended as a demonstration project for a potential fleet of floating offshore wind farms in the area. Simply Blue Energy and Total's partnership is the new Joint Venture, Blue Gem Wind. (Source: Total, RenewEconomy, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: Blue Gem Wind, wind@simplyblueenergy.com, simplyblueenergy.com/erebus

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  Floating Wind,  Wind,  Blue Energy,  


    Brazilians Investigate Floating Wind Platform Dynamics (Int'l. R&D)
    Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo
    Date: 2020-01-13
    In Brazil, the Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo (EPUSP) reports it is leading research seeking to reduce the structural weight in new designs of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWTs). The research is being funded by the US Office of Naval Research Global (ONR Global).

    According to the EPUSP release, the design of FOWTs can be a complicated task as variables such as the responses to waves, current and wind loads, the static and dynamic stabilities, and the structural behaviour of the mooring lines should be considered. The researchers will use modeling to understand how to better design and manage complex structures in the dynamic ocean environment, according to the release. (Source: Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo, Energy Global, Jan., 2020) Contact: Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paulo, Professor Alexandre Simos, 11 2648-6094, www.tpn.usp.br

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Ideol, Taisei Partner on Floating Offshore Wind Foundations (Int'l)
    Ideol, Taisei Corp
    Date: 2019-11-27
    Paris-headquartered wind energy developer Ideol and Tokyo-based construction company Taisei Corp. are reporting a MoU for the joint development and promotion in Japan of concrete foundations for floating offshore wind using Ideol's patented Damping Pool technology.

    Under the MoU, the companies will also work to contribute to the acceleration as well as the growth of the domestic floating offshore wind market. (Source: Ideol, Taisei Corp, PR, Offshore, 25 Nov., 2019) Contact: Ideol and Taisei Corp Contact: Ideol, +33 (0)4 86 20 80 50, www.ideol-offshore.com/en; Taisei Corp., www.taisei.co.jp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ideol,  Taisei Corp,  Floating Wind,   Offshore WindOffshore Wind,  Wind,  


    Vestas Selected for French Floating Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l.)
    MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
    Date: 2019-11-18
    Following up on our 9 October coverage, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is reporting it has been selected as the preferred turbine supplier for the Eoliennes Flottantes du Golfe du Lion (EFGL) pilot wind project off the south coast of France.

    The project, a partnership between French utility Engie and EDP Renewables, will incorporate three V164-10.0 MW turbines mounted on WindFloat semi-submersible floating platforms from by Principle Power. (Source: MHI Vestas, Various Media, 18 Nov., 2019) Contact: MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com; EDP Renewables, +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Engie,  MHI Vestas Offshore Wind,  Engie,  EDP Renewables,  


    World's Largest Floating Wind Turbine Expected on Line This Year (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Windplus,ABS,Principle Power
    Date: 2019-11-06
    Windplus, a consortium of utilities EDP, ENGIE and Repsol along with clean energy firm Principle Power, is touting the development of an 8.4MW floating offshore wind turbine to be deployed in Viana do Castello, Portugal. The turbine is expected to come online before the year end.

    The wind turbine has been developed by ABS Group and is the first of three ABS-classed, SEMI Submersible Type units that will make up for a total of 25 MWs of floating offshore wind power. (Source: Principle Power, Smart Energy, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: EDP Renovaveis, www.edpr.com, www.edp.com/en/windfloat; Repsol, www.repsol.com; Windplus, Dr. Carsten Meyer, 0421 897 660 0, c.meyer@windplus.de, www.windplus.de; ABS, Christopher J. Wiernicki, CEO, www.abs-group.com; Principle Power, (510) 280- 5180, www.principlepowerinc.com

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    Shell Acquiring Floating Offshore Wind Developer Eolfi (M&A, Int'l)
    Eolfi,Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2019-11-06
    Paris-headquartered French floating offshore wind and solar energy developer Eolfi reports it is being acquired by oil giant Royal Dutch Shell.

    EOLFI has a global presence and covers all stages of the value chain including project development, financing, construction and operation, according to the company website. (Source: Eolfi Website, Nov., 2019) Contact: Eolfi, +33 1 40 07 95 00, www.eolfi.com

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    Kvaerner Claims Hywind Tampen Offshore Wind Contract (Int'l. Report)
    Kvaerner,Equinor
    Date: 2019-11-01
    Oslo, Norway-based offshore engineering and construct firm Kvaerner reports it has contracted with Equinor to deliver 11 floating concrete hulls for offshore wind power turbines for Equinor's Hywind Tampen project off the coast of Norway -- the world's largest floating offshore wind farm.

    The NOK 1.5 billion ($164,964,000 - US) contract includes full project management, engineering, assembly site management, mooring system installation, units tow-to-field and installation of the floating wind turbine units. (Source: Kvaener, PR, 31 Oct., 2019) Contact: Kvaener, Karl-Petter Loken, Pres., Torbjørn Andersen, IR & Communications, +47 928 85 542, torbjorn.andersen@kvaerner.com, www.kvaerner.com; Equinor, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com

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    US DOE Granting $28Mn In Funding For Wind R&D (Funding, R&D)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-10-28
    In Washington, the US DOE reports it will allocate $28 million in funding to to 13 projects aimed at wind energy cost reductions, with a focus on offshore, distributed and onshore utility-scale wind.

    Of the total, as much as $10 million will go to two offshore wind technology demonstration projects -- Lake Erie Energy Development Corp (LEEDCo) will deploy innovative sensing technologies for tracking bird activity near wind turbines, while the University of Maine will develop a floating substructure design for a 10 MW -- 12 MW wind turbine and install it at a project off Maine.

    Roughly $7 million will support the testing of innovative offshore wind technologies at national-level testing facilities, with the funding to be shared by six projects including Clemson University which is aiming to improve offshore wind turbine nacelle testing. In another project, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre in Boston is seeking to upgrade its testing facility to make possible the structural testing of wind turbine blades with lengths of between 85 metres and 120 metres.

    Other recipients include Oregon State University of Corvallis for tests on the combined effects of wind and waves on floating offshore wind turbines. Four of the 13 selected projects will receive a total of $6 million to support rural utilities by developing technologies that integrate wind with other distributed energy resources. (Source: US DOE, 23 Oct., 2019)

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    Rutgers Awarded $1.3Mn for Offshore Wind Turbine Research (Funding)
    Rutgers University
    Date: 2019-10-11
    In the Garden State, New Brunswick-based Rutgers University reports Professor Onur Bilgen, an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was recently awarded a U.S. DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), $1,356,872 grant for wind turbine research.

    The ARPA-E's Aerodynamic Turbines Lighter and Afloat with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS) program focuses on three areas critical to the successful development of radically new floating offshore wind turbines (FOWT) -- new designs, new computer tools, and experiments that collect data to validate the FOWT designs and computer tools.

    Bilgen and his team plans to use their software to design a FOWT that generates more electricity while using fewer materials to manufacture and reducing turbine maintenance and operational costs. (Source: Rutgers University, PR, 10 Oct., 2019) Contact: Rutgers University, Professor Onur Bilgen, 848-445-5869, o.bilgen@rutgers.edu, www.mae.rutgers.edu

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    MHI Vestas to Power French Floating Offshore Wind Project (Int'l)
    MHI Vestas
    Date: 2019-10-09
    Wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas Offshore Wind reports it has signed a preferred supplier agreement to supply turbines for the €230 million ($252.6 million), 28.5-MW Groix & Belle-Ile pilot floating wind project off the French coast.

    MHI Vestas will provide three of its V164-9.5MW machines that will be used instead of the initially planned 6-MW General Electric turbines.

    Project participants include CGN Europe Energy, la Banque des Territoires and French renewables firm Eolfi. (Source: MHI Vestas, Renewables, Oct., 2019) Contact: MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

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    Coalition Calls for 10 GW of Calif. Offshore Wind Power (Ind Report)
    Equinor,Aker Solutions,NREL
    Date: 2019-10-07
    A new Offshore Wind California coalition of renewable energy companies is calling for the Golden State to commit to a goal of at least 10 GW of primarily floating offshore wind power in California waters by 2040.

    The group that counts Equinor and offshore engineering company Aker Solutions among its members notes that U.S. East Coast states have about 22 GW worth of offshore wind commitments and are projected to see an estimated $70 billion in related supply chain spending by 2030.

    The US DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimates California's potential for offshore wind at about 112 GW, including about 8.4 GW in three Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) designated study areas. NREL also notes that floating wind platforms are a basic requirement for most of the state's offshore waters, which are too deep to support monopile or multi-leg jackets. (Source: NREL, Maritime Executive, Oct., 2019) Contact: NREL, www.nrel.gov; Aker Solutions, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19, fredrik.berge@akersolutions.com, www.akersolutions.com; Equinor, Pal Eitrheim, VP New Energy Solutions, www.equinor.com

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    DOE Releases Annual Wind Market Reports (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-08-26
    The U.S. DOE has released annual market reports documenting data and trends in wind installations, technologies, costs, prices, and performance through the end of 2018 for three sectors: utility-scale land-based, offshore, and distributed wind.

    According to the report, the utility-scale Land-Based Wind Sector had another strong year with 7,588 MW installed during 2018, accompanied by record low costs and prices. The U.S. distributed wind sector now stands at 1,127 MW from over 83,000 wind turbines across all 50 states. And the U.S. offshore wind industry has a pipeline of 25,824 MW in various stages of development. The report found:

  • The U.S. wind industry installed 7,588 MW of capacity last year, bringing total utility-scale wind capacity to over 96 gigawatts (GW).

  • Wind industry employment is at an all-time high, supporting 114,000 jobs

  • In total, 41 states operated utility-scale wind projects -- Texas leads the nation with nearly 25 GW of wind capacity, while California, Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma have more than 5 GW.

  • Wind energy provides 6.5 pct of the nation's electricity, more than 10 pct of total generation in 14 states, and more than 30 pct in Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

  • The trend of installing wind turbines that are larger and more powerful continued in 2018 and the price of wind energy being sold in long-term contracts is at an all-time low.

    The 2018 Distributed Wind Market report highlights include:

  • Distributed wind power is used at or near where it is generated, as opposed to wind power from wholesale generation, where power is sent to consumers via transmission lines and substations.

  • Employed by households, schools, farms, industrial facilities, and municipalities, distributed wind doesn't only refer to small-scale turbines; it includes any size turbine or array of turbines that generates power for local or on-site use.

  • U.S. wind turbines in distributed applications reached a cumulative installed capacity of 1,127 MW in 2018. This capacity comes from over 83,000 turbines installed across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.

  • The trend of using larger wind turbines in distributed applications continued in 2018. The average capacity of large-scale turbines installed in distributed applications in 2018 was 2.1 MW -- almost double the capacity of turbines used in 2003.

  • Commercial and industrial distributed wind projects increased in 2018, representing 29 pct of total project capacity. Distributed wind for utility customers remained the most prevalent use, representing 47 pct of capacity in 2018.

  • Of small wind turbines (100 kilowatts or less) deployed in the U.S., turbines of less than 1 kW are contributing an increasingly larger percentage of both the total number of turbines (99 pct) and capacity (47 pct) of small wind projects.

    The 2018 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report found:

  • The U.S. offshore wind project development pipeline grew to a potential generating capacity of 25,824 MW across 13 states, including the Block Island Wind Farm commissioned in 2016.

  • Projects totaling 21,225 MW have exclusive site control -- a lease or other contract to develop the site. Most of these projects are on the Eastern seaboard, with one in the Great Lakes.

  • California and Hawaii have several early-stage floating offshore wind projects in the planning phase.

  • The DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) auctions for three lease areas off the coast of Massachusetts brought in winning bids of $135 million indicating strong interest and confidence in the U.S. offshore wind market.

  • Offtake prices for the first commercial-scale U.S. offshore wind project -- Vineyard Wind off the coast of Massachusetts -- came in lower than expected at $65–$75 per MWh.

  • Technology trends toward larger turbines continued, with offshore turbines installed globally in 2018 averaging 5.5 MW, and turbines with capacities of 10- 12 MW coming to market in the next couple years. (Source: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office., 23 Aug., 2019) Contact: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-energy-technologies-office

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  • Shizen Energy, Ideol Collaborating on Floating Offshore Wind (Int'l)
    Shizen Energy,Ideol
    Date: 2019-07-01
    Japanese solar power company Shizen Energy reports it is expanding its renewable energy activity and, to that end, has inked an agreement with French offshore wind developer Ideol to collaborate on a floating wind farm off the coast of Japan.

    Historically, Shizen Energy focused on solar energy and helped develop about 800 MW of renewable power across Japan.

    Ideol is a global leader and pure player in floating foundations for offshore wind and has been engineering and accompanying floating offshore wind projects from conception to installation since 2010, according to the company website. (Source: Shizen Energy, Maritime Executive, 26 June, 2019)Contact: Shizen Energy, Masaya Hasegawa, Company Founder, www.shizenenergy.net/en; Ideol, +33 4 86 20 80 50, www.ideol-offshore.com/en

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    Equinor Exploring Korean Offshore Wind Opportunities (Int'l. Report)
    Equinor,Korea East-West Power
    Date: 2019-05-06
    Norwegian energy giant Equinor has partnered with Korea National Oil Corporation, Korea East-West Power Company and Ulsan City to explore floating offshore wind opportunities.

    To that end, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed with Ulsan City, a major South Korean maritime shipping center, and an amendment made to include Korea East-West Power Company in a previously executed MoU with Korea National Oil Corporation. (Source: Equinor, PR, Smart Energy, 3 May, 2019) Contact: Korea National Oil Corporation, www.knoc.co.kr; Korea East-West Power, www.ewp.co.kr/eng; Equinor, www.equinor.com/en

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    MHI Vestas Turbine Supplier for Floating Offshore Wind Park (Int'l)
    MHI Vestas
    Date: 2019-04-03
    MHI Vestas reports it will supply 5 units of its V164-9.5 MW wind turbine to the 50 MW Kincardine Floating Offshore Wind Park just south of Aberdeen Bay in Scotland. The five 9.5 MW turbines will join an existing single Vestas V80-2.0 MW turbine which came on line in Nov., 2018. The 5 additional turbines are being installed on Windfloat semi-submersible foundations moored in water depths of 60 to 80 meters. MHI Vestas expects the turbines to be installed in the Spring of 2020.

    The wind park is being developed by the Madrid-headquartered developer and construction company Cobra Group, part of the ACS Group. (Source: MHI Vestas, CleanTechnica, 2 April, 2019) Contact: MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com; Cobra Group, +34 914 56 95 00, www.grupocobra.com/en

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    Floating Wind Pilot Project Wins €4Mn Funding (Int'l, Funding)
    X1 Wind
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Barcelona-based X1 Wind reports it will lead a consortium of nine partners that will develop a floating wind projectb that has been granted €4 million by the EU Commission Horizon 2020 finance. The pilot will deploy a prototype of X1 Wind's PivotBuoy technology at a test site at the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN). The prototype is expected to be installed by 2020.

    The group aims to unlock cost competitive floating wind energy through the innovative structure, which it claims can reduce platform weight by as much as 80 pct and costs by 50 pct, according to the company. Ultimately, the consortium hopes to make floating wind more competitive and achieve prices of 50€/MWh in commercial scale wind farms. said: “In the last decade, a number of prototypes have successfully proven floating wind is technically feasible but costs need to be reduced by at least 50%. Technology disruption is required to achieve large-scale competitive floating offshore wind. “Together with a consortium of nine cutting edge research and development institutions and industry partners, we plan to demonstrate the advantages of our innovative PivotBuoy system.” (Source: X1 Wind, EnergyLive 28 Mar., 2019) Contact: X1 Wind, Alex Raventos, CEO, info@x1wind.com, www.x1wind.com

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    €31Mn Irish Sea Floating Wind Turbine Trial Announced (Int'l)
    European Marine Energy Centre
    Date: 2019-03-22
    In Scotland, the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) reports it will lead the €31 million AFLOWT (Accelerating market uptake of Floating Offshore Wind Technology) project to test a full-scale floating wind turbine installed at the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS) facility off the west coast of Ireland. AMETS is operated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

    The floating turbine to be tested was developed by Italian energy firm Saipem and is expected to begin operating by 2022.

    The four-year project is being funded by the European Commission's Interreg North West Europe programme to boost innovation in North-West Europe. (Source: European Marine Energy Centre, The Engineer, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: European Marine Energy Centre, +44 185685 2020, www.emec.org.uk

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    E.U. Supports French Floating Wind Demo Projects (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2019-02-27
    The European Commission (EC) reports it will provide investment and operating aid to four French floating wind demonstration projects: the Groix Belle Ile project will be located in the Atlantic Ocean, while the other three projects (Golf du Lion, Eolmed and Provence Grand Large) will be located in the Mediterranean Sea. Each will consist of three or four turbines and have a total installed capacity of 24MW.

    The demonstration wind farms will receive both .

    Earlier this year, the U.S. DOE announced up to $28 million in funding for a new floating offshore wind turbines via the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control (ATLANTIS).

    Navigant Research anticipates that over 69GW of new offshore wind capacity will be installed between 2018 and 2027, exceeding 100GW of operating capacity by 2030. (Source: EC, MarEx, 25 Feb., 2019)

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    DoE to Fund $28Mn for Floating Offshore Wind R&D (Funding)
    DOE Wind
    Date: 2019-02-08
    In Washington, the U.S.DOE reports it will provide $28 million in funding for a research program that aimed at developing new technologies for floating offshore wind turbines.

    The department is seeking proposals using control co-design methodologies, bringing together disciplines from across the realm of engineering, sciences and technology to work concurrently on designing lighter, more powerful floating turbines.

    According to the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, U.S. offshore wind energy potential is estimated to be equivalent to 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, but nearly 60 pct of that wind energy -- the equivalent of the entire U.S. annual electricity consumption -- blows across waters more than 200 feet deep, an area that cannot presently be economically accessed. (Source: DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Offshore Engineer, 6 Feb., 2019)Contact: DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, www.energy.gov/science-innovation/innovation/arpa-e

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    DNV GL Releases Energy Transition Outlook Report (Int'l)
    DNV GL
    Date: 2018-11-09
    In its recently published Energy Transition Outlook report DNV GL forecasts that by 2050, 12 pct of world primary energy supply will come from wind energy, of which 20 pct will come from offshore wind. In relative terms, offshore wind is growing 85-fold (2050 vs 2016), which is the same growth rate as for Solar PV which is also 85-fold.

    The report notes that as electric power consumption accelerates, bottom fixed and floating offshore wind farms will play an increasingly important role to ensure that the society can meet this demand.

    Download the DNV GL Energy Transition Outlook HERE. (Source: DNV GL, Windpower Eng., 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: DNV GL, Liv Hovem, CEO, +47 6757 9900, www.dnvgl.com

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    DOE Releases 2017 Wind Market Reports (Ind. Reports Attached)
    US DOE
    Date: 2018-08-27
    The U.S. DOE's recently released three wind energy market reports for 2017 note that as wind installations continue across the country and offshore wind projects move beyond the planning process, technology costs and wind energy prices continue to fall. The reports cover land-based utility scale, distributed, and offshore wind. Highlights from 2017 reports prepared by DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory include:
  • The U.S. wind industry installed 7,017 MW of capacity last year, bringing total utility-scale wind capacity to nearly 89 GW:
  • In total, 41 states operated utility-scale wind projects. Texas leads the nation with over 22 GW of wind capacity, while Oklahoma, Iowa, California, and Kansas have more than 5,000 MW;
  • Another 13 states have more than 1,000 MW;
  • In 2017, wind energy contributed 6.3 pct of the nation's electricity supply, more than 10 pct of total generation in 14 states, and more than 30 pct in Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, and South Dakota;
  • Larger turbines with longer blades are enhancing wind plant performance. Wind projects built in the past few years have seen capacity factors increase by 79 pct compared to projects installed from 1998 to 2001;
  • The average installed cost of wind projects in 2017 was $1,611 per KW, down 33 pct from the peak in 2009 -- 2010:
  • The U.S. wind industry supported more than 105,000 jobs and saw $11 billion invested in new wind plants in 2017.

    A separate 2017 Distributed Wind Market Report, prepared by DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, highlights the following:

  • In total, U.S. wind turbines in distributed applications reached a cumulative installed capacity of 1,076 MW. This capacity comes from roughly 81,000 turbines installed across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam;
  • In 2017, Iowa, Ohio, and California led the nation in new distributed wind capacity installed as a result of large-scale turbines installed by commercial and industrial facilities and electricity distribution utilities;
  • 35 pct of distributed wind projects installed in 2017 were residential , and 25 pct were agricultural installations;
  • U.S. manufacturers of small wind turbines and their supply chain vendors are located in 27 states;
  • Between 2015 and 2017, U.S.-based small wind turbine manufacturers accounted for $226 million or more in export sales.

    A third report, the 2017 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Update, prepared by the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, found the following:

  • The U.S. offshore wind industry recently took a leap forward as commercial-scale projects were competitively selected in Massachusetts (800 MW), Rhode Island (400 MW), and Connecticut (200 MW);
  • New York, New Jersey, and Maryland also have offshore wind projects in the development pipeline;
  • The U.S. offshore wind project pipeline has reached a total of 25,464 MW of capacity across 13 states, including the 30 MW Block Island Wind Farm commissioned in 2016;
  • In Europe -- where most offshore wind development has occurred to date -- recent offshore wind project auctions have continued the trend of developers committing to lower electricity prices for projects that will be operating in the 2020s;
  • New offshore wind turbines are being developed with 10 -- 12 mw of capacity (compared to an average capacity of 2.3 MW for land-based turbines and 5.3 MW for offshore wind turbines installed in 2017). As a result, demand is increasing for specialized ships that will be able to install these very large turbines in U.S. waters;
  • About 60 pct of the U.S. offshore wind resource lies in deep waters. Developing a project in deep waters requires wind turbines on floating foundations;
  • In the U.S., floating offshore wind projects have been proposed off the coasts of Maine, California, and Hawaii.

    Report details are HERE. (Source: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, Aug., 2018) Contact: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office. www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-energy-technologies-office

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