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Ocean energy prototypes proliferate

Nov 01, 2010

The ocean energy industry is still at a nascent stage, but burgeoning support in a few key markets, diverse resource potential and maturing technology are boosting the industry’s prospects for growth. That’s the verdict of a new IHS emerging energy research market study…

Renewables - OE October 2010

Oct 26, 2010

HYWIND’S HIDDEN ASSETS: Syntactic foam specialist Trelleborg Offshore recently released details of how it employed well-proven offshore oil & gas technology in the subsea buoyancy arrangements for the world’s first wind turbine ‘floater’,…

Marine renewables - OE September 2010

Sep 01, 2010

Cape Wind clears another hurdleAnother challenge to its long-delayed quest to become the US’s first offshore wind farm was successfully fought off by Cape Wind as federal regulators in August upheld an earlier decision that said the project posed no threat to airways…

Obituary - Matt Simmons: a true visionary

Aug 31, 2010

Matthew Simmons, an energy investment banker and peak oil alarmist who in recent years was a strong advocate of renewable energy, died on 8 August at his home near Rockland, Maine. He was 67.In the 2005 book Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy…

Bucking the trend

Aug 09, 2010

The last couple of years have seen fairly lean pickings for offshore fabricators in the Netherlands and on the UK east coast. But for one Dutch yard, paradoxically, things could scarcely have gone better.HSM in Schiedam, already sitting on a…

SeaGen going under

Aug 09, 2010

Wave and tidal energy specialist Marine Current Turbines and its project partners Queen's University Belfast, Mojo Maritime and Edinburgh University, have secured a grant of £250,000 from the UK's Technology Strategy Board and the Engineering…

Pinpoint positioning

Aug 09, 2010

Five Ashtech ProFlex 500 GNSS receivers are helping guide the operations of the self-propelled offshore wind turbine installation vessel Bard Wind Lift I during construction of the first commercial wind farm in the German North Sea. The GNSS receivers are used for the jackup's every manoeuvre…

Offshore wind heads for record year

Aug 09, 2010

The first half of 2010 saw 118 new offshore wind turbines fully connected to European grids according to the latest statistics from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA).Those 118 turbines have a capacity of 333MW – well over half the…

Tuning in to underwater noise

Aug 09, 2010

Fugro has teamed up with specialist underwater acoustics company Jasco Applied Sciences to provide a new marine renewables sector service – measurement of underwater noise and allied consultancy.With the measurement of underwater noise created…

. . . as Wave Hub gets wet

Aug 09, 2010

Subsea installation of the world's largest test facility for wave energy technology was imminent as OE went to press, with the loading of the UK South West Regional Development Agency's pioneering Wave Hub and its 25km power cable onto a cable…

Dong to deliver Anholt

Aug 09, 2010

The Danish Energy Agency recently awarded Dong Energy the concession to build an offshore wind farm in the Kattegat Bay at a cost of DKK10 billion. The wind farm's turbines, supplied by Siemens Wind Power, will have a capacity of 3.6MW each…

The age of consent

Jul 09, 2010

Aware of the step-change in offshore windfarm construction that is required to meet today's renewable energy targets, governments around the world have instigated new planning procedures to encourage yet control offshore renewable energy development…

Renewables Roundup - OE July 2010

Jul 09, 2010

LOCH NESS SITING:AWS Ocean Energy began testing a 1/9th scale prototype of its new AWS-III wave energy device in Loch Ness. The device is a ring-shaped multi-cell floating power system that, at its full 60m-diameter scale, will be capable of generating up to 2…

The book of Xodus

Jul 09, 2010

The Xodus Group has achieved rapid growth since its three founding directors set it up as an independent consultancy in 2005. Now an international company, its employee base numbers 200 in the UK and 70 in Australia. Turnover in the 12 months to September 2009 was around £24 million…

Fort William ready to fill wind farm training void

Jun 10, 2010

The Underwater Centre in Fort William, Scotland, has been an influential training provider for commercial divers and ROV pilots in the offshore oil & gas sector for many years. Now, with a little more investment, the facility believes it can…

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