In 2017, the offshore wind industry hit milestones and the headlines. It was a breakthrough year that saw the sector become more commercially viable and realise more of its considerable global potential than ever before.
By Eoghan Quinn, Global Wind Lead at the WorleyParsons Group.
The UK offshore wind industry has agreed to work with the UK Government on a transformative Sector Deal, which it says could, by 2030, result in thousands of additional jobs in coastal areas, and billions of pounds worth of export opportunities.
GE Renewable Energy has unveiled its plan to develop the Haliade-X, described as the world’s largest and most powerful offshore wind turbine.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has been awarded exclusivity by Danish energy group Ørsted for the supply and service of wind turbines for the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind project, being developed in British waters, where it will install its SG 8.0-167 DD turbines, with a combined total capacity of 1386 MW.
WindEurope has released a report that says that Europe installed a record amount of offshore wind energy in 2017.
Since 2008, the UK has been the world leader in offshore wind, with more installed capacity than any other country. Could it translate that domestic achievement into export success and become the supplier of choice for the global offshore wind market?
By James Young, Chief Technology Officer at JDR Cable Systems, Part of the TFKable Group
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has launched two new wind turbines, one for onshore and one for offshore applications.
Research from the Carnegie Institution for Science, headquartered in Washington DC, USA, says that there is considerable opportunity for generating wind power in the open ocean, particularly the North Atlantic.
China and the UK are collaborating on the development of the next generation of offshore wind power capacity, with a focus on identifying the best locations for new installations, and making them more resilient to harsh weather conditions including typhoons and earthquakes.
Siemens Gamesa and DONG Energy have signed an agreement for the supply of 94 8MW turbines, for a total capacity of 752MW at the Borssele 1 and 2 offshore wind power plant being developed in Dutch waters.