Offshore

By William Mathis, Bloomberg Struggling to end their reliance on expensive fossil fuels for power generation, Spain’s Canary Islands are set to become a test bed for the latest technology in wind energy. The islands situated more than 600 miles south of the Iberian peninsula have limited space for renewables such as solar and wind farms,...
Wind Power

This week the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Commissioner Katie Dykes announced that a bid from developer Vineyard Wind has been selected to advance to contract negotiations with the state’s electric distribution companies to provide 804 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind through the development of the Park City Wind Project.   The American...
Hydrogen

By Will Mathis, Bloomberg One of the world’s biggest developers of offshore wind farms thinks its massive turbines could be key to the production of hydrogen in a greener way and ultimately, stemming climate change. Over the past decade, offshore wind has pushed from a frontier technology to a multi-billion-dollar industry that provides green power cheap enough...
Wind Power

Deep-water offshore wind installations located in ocean depths greater than 60 meters could supply more than 1,200 gigawatts of energy-generating capacity to the electric grid. But despite this resource potential, relatively high capital expenditures for deep-water wind installations challenge offshore wind’s economic viability. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) innovative SpiderFLOAT technology—named for its modular...
Wind Power

The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium today announced that it has selected two teams for contract negotiation as part of its continuing solicitation for wind research and development (R&D) technology projects. The two awards total $1,865,000 and will support development of lower cost turbine support structures, alternatives to heavy lift installation vessels, and...
Wind Power

Prysmian Group has announced the commissioning of the high-voltage direct current (HVDC) offshore grid connection project DolWin3, off the German North Sea coast. Prysmian, a global energy and telecom cable systems group, secured this project in February 2013, with a contract awarded by Alstom Grid (now GE Grid GmbH) on behalf of the Dutch-German grid...
Offshore

New Jersey-based utility holding company Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) is negotiating with Danish energy infrastructure firm Ørsted about investing in an offshore wind project. PSEG is exclusively talking with Ørsted about taking a 25 percent stake in Ocean Wind. It is a planned 1,100-MW farm which would be 15 miles off the coast of...