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Mainstream Renewable Power pushes through with 450 MW offshore wind farm in Scottish waters

Mainstream Renewable Power will be building and operating a 450 megawatt offshore wind farm in Scotland. The company has received consent from the Scottish Ministers for the NeartnaGaoithe offshore wind project to be built in the Outer Forth Estuary in the North Sea. The project will be the first large-scale offshore wind farm constructed and operated in Scottish waters to be directly connected to the Scottish electricity system. It is....

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Iberdrola works on floating wind turbine for offshore wind power

Spanish electric utility company Iberdrola has started working on a research and development project to reduce the installation time and costs of offshore wind farms. Through its engineering and construction subsidiary, the Scottish University of Strathclyde, and the Offshore Renewable Energy (O.R.E.) Catapult, Iberdrola has started work on the $1.26 million-R&D initiative TLPWIND project. Focused on the offshore wind power sector, the...

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Iberdrola starts pile testing for offshore wind farm

Spanish electric utility company Iberdrola has started pile testing for its Wikinger offshore wind farm project. Following the completion of the wind farm’s geotechnical investigation on the Baltic Sea, German engineering and services group Bilfinger and its subcontractors are carrying out tests to confirm the design of the wind farm foundations. Currently, nine steel pipes that were fabricated by Bilfinger MCE are being driven into the...

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Offshore wind farms can protect cities from hurricane damage

A fleet of offshore wind turbines provides clean electricity and – according to a new study –a line of defense against the fierce winds and waves of hurricanes. New research from the University of Delaware and Stanford University shows that wind farms can weaken hurricanes before they make landfall. The installations can form an artificial buffer to reduce hurricanes’ wind speeds, wave heights and storm surges. Accord...

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Alstom to supply Deepwater Wind project with turbines

Alstom has signed its first export contract with offshore wind project developer Deepwater Wind, to supply the company with five offshore wind turbines. Under the contract, Alstom will be supplying five offshore wind turbines for Deepwater Wind’s 30-megawatt Block Island pilot wind farm that is located off the coast of Rhode Island in the United States. The project, which is slated for commissioning in 2016,...

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E.ON sells majority stock on 207-MW offshore wind farm

E.ON, Germany’s largest utility, and Danish energy company SEAS-NVE have come to an agreement on the sale of shares on a 207 megawatt offshore wind farm. E.ON has agreed to sell an 80 percent stake on the Rödsand II offshore wind farm to SEAS-NVE. The transaction values the wind farm at around 470 million euro on a 100 percent enterprise basis. At closing, a loan of 280 mil...

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Vestas produces largest offshore wind turbine prototype blade

Danish wind turbine company Vestas has just produced an 80-meter prototype blade for the world's largest offshore wind turbine design. The 80-meter prototype blade is meant for Vestas' V164-8.0 MW wind turbine unit and makes use of structural shell design instead of using a spar at the centre of the blade. Spanning nine double-decker London buses, the swept area of the rotor runs at 21,124 square meters – larger...

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Offshore wind farm set to rise off coast of Virginia

More than a hundred thousand acres of the shores of Virginia is to be developed for offshore wind power generation following the completion of the United State’s second competitive lease sale for renewable energy in federal waters. As part of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan to create American jobs and cut down carbon pollution through the development of domestic clean energy sources, the U.S....

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REpower completes 325 MW-Thornton offshore wind farm

REpower Systems SE has finished the third and final phase of the 325 megawatt Thornton Bank offshore wind farm. REpower, a subsidiary of the Suzlon Group, has finished installing the last of the 48 REpower 6M turbines in the Belgian offshore wind farm of Thornton Bank. The completed wind farm has a total output of 325 MW, with majority of the turbines having a rated power of 6.15 MW, meeting the demand for power of...

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World’s first floating wind turbine connected to the grid in Maine

A grid-connected offshore floating wind turbine has been launched off the coast of Castine, Maine. The project, led by the University of Maine, is the first concrete-composite floating platform wind turbine to be deployed in the United States and in the world. The project is supported by a $12 million five-year investment from the U.S. Energy Department. The VolturnUS 1:8 is a prototype of a design developed by...

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