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Dewesoft to monitor the world’s biggest offshore wind farm

Wind turbine (pict. Dewesoft d.o.o.)

The energy company Vattenfall has selected Dewesoft to provide the tower monitoring solution at what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm.

ScotWind partnership signs agreement with University of the Highlands and Islands to develop future offshore wind skills

BSc (Hons) marine science students at the Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI, Dunstaffnage

The ScotWind partnership involving leading renewable energy developer SSE Renewables, Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni) and Danish fund management company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the University of Highlands and Islands for a collaboration to deliver targeted education, research and employability initiatives

Dogger Bank reveals world-first in HVDC offshore platforms, slashing topside weight by 70%

Working closely with platform manufacturer Aibel, Dogger Bank Wind Farm will use an unmanned HVDC substation design – a world-first, slashing weight and cost. Upon first installation in Dogger Bank A during 2023, the project’s HVDC facility will also become the largest-ever at 1.2GW, marking a tremendous scale up from the previous industry benchmark of 0.8GW (pict.: Aibel)

Dogger Bank Wind Farm is breaking yet more records as the project announces a revolutionary platform design, unveiling the world’s first unmanned High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) offshore substation.

Emission-free: Enercon is the first one to use the new way of rotor blade assembling

The rotor blade lifter RBC from ematec which is able to take on and handle all blade shapes available on the market. (pict: ematec)

The German wind turbine manufacturer Enercon will in future rely on cutting-edge technology made in Germany. From March 2021 on, Enercon will be the first wind turbine manufacturer worldwide to use six completely emission-free rotor blade lifters from the specialist provider ematec AG from Memmingerberg (Bavaria).

Bluesath, Saitec’s first floating wind installation in continental Spain

Bluesath floating wind installation (pict. Saitec)

Bluesath floating wind platform has been installed and commissioned in its final deployment site in El Abra del Sardinero (Santander, Spain).

EnBW and aerodyn test model for floating wind turbines for first time in Germany

Nezzy² in Hymendorf (pict. EnBW/Jan Oelker)

Two wind turbines on a precast concrete floating platform: that, basically, is Nezzy2. This 18 metre tall, 1:10-scale prototype is being tested by EnBW and aerodyn engineering, a north German engineering company, in a flooded gravel pit near Bremerhaven. Next, this summer, Nezzy2 is to prove itself in wind and wave conditions in the Baltic Sea.

ZF’s first wind turbine gearboxes equipped with a Schaeffler cloud connection go into operation

Schaeffler and ZF use jointly developed expert models to analyze and predict the condition of wind turbine gearboxes based on the actual loads that occur during operation

ZF Friedrichshafen and Schaeffler are collaborating to develop new solutions for predicting the operating life of wind turbine gearbox components based on the actual loads that occur during operation. Since September, the first wind turbine gearboxes equipped with sensors and condition monitoring systems have been supplying operating data to a cloud-to-cloud solution to enable this to happen.

First of gigantic suction bucket jacket foundations installed for Vattenfall’s EOWDC

The 25,000 tonne Asian Hercules III installs the first suction bucket jacket foundation for the EOWDC, off Aberdeen Bay. (Photo: Vattenfall)

North-east Scotland has marked a UK offshore wind first following the successful installation of the first pioneering suction bucket jacket foundation for Vattenfall’s 11-turbine European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in just 15 hours. The EOWDC in Aberdeen Bay is the first offshore wind project to deploy the foundations at commercial scale with each of the 11 steel jacket foundations weighing in at almost ten Boeing 747s.

Ro/Ro-loading of Rentel wind turbine nacelles

The two purpose-built vessels, each with a length of approximately 140m, are also operated by deugro Danmark A/S exclusively for Siemens Gamesa. (Photo: SGRE)

Siemens Gamesa has been able to transfer its new logistics concept, announced in 2015 into reality. By using a Ro/Ro solution the company expects to save about 20 % in costs and increase safety at the same time.

AWS Truepower Releases January 2018 Wind Trends Bulletin

According to the Wind trend Bulletin, published by AWS Truepower the monthly wind performance in January 2018 deviated form the conditions in December 2017 all over the world. The monthly Wind Trends Bulletin is based on a custom combination of three reanalysis datasets: ERA-Interim, MERRA, and CFSR. The use of all three allows for rapid, reliable updates of global wind conditions.

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