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Building the Block Island Wind Farm Piece by Piece

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Close-up view of turbine number 3

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">There is a helicopter landing pad at the top of the tower. GE project developer Eric Crucerey explained that the towers hold emergency supplies to support a crew for several days. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Click the <font color="#FF0000">red arrows</font> above to view the next/previous photo to see a snippet of what Jenniffer and Stephanie witnessed</center></p> </div>

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First three fully completed turbines in the distance

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"> The first three turbines were fully complete on the day Renewable Energy World visited. The Atlantic Wind Transfer vessel, which brings crew members back and forth to the site, sits in between turbine 2 and 3. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Click the <font color="#FF0000">red arrows</font> above to view the next/previous photo to see a snippet of what Jennifer and Stephanie witnessed</center></p> </div>

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Leaving the site of the build

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">The BIWF is America’s first offshore wind farm but it will not be the last. Renewable Energy World is tracking at least 20 other wind farms in various early stages of development. The U.S. offshore oil and gas industry could greatly assist in building these billion-dollar projects. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Click the <font color="#FF0000">red arrows</font> above to view the next/previous photo to see a snippet of what Jenniffer and Stephanie witnessed</center></p> </div>

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Witnessing the second blade being installed on tower 4

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Stephanie Kolodziej, Renewable Energy World Publisher and Jennifer Runyon, Renewable Energy World Editor in Chief, watch as the second massive blade is positioned into place on tower 4 of the BIWF tower 4.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><i>Images courtesy Anders Søe-Jensen, CEO Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy</i></p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Click the <font color="#FF0000">red arrows</font> above to view the next/previous photo to see a snippet of what Jenniffer and Stephanie witnessed</center></p> </div>

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Block Island Wind Farm tower 4

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Success! The blade is positioned into place.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Click the <font color="#FF0000">red arrows</font> above to view the next/previous photo to see a snippet of what Jenniffer and Stephanie witnessed</center></p> </div>

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Approaching the Fred Olsen Windcarrier jack-up vessel

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">The Fred Olsen jack-up vessel, Brave Tern, which holds a crane large enough to lift the 6-MW GE Halide WTG as well as the blades and towers. You can see the two additional blades for this tower (number 4) on the Montco jack-up vessel to the left (the smaller one). Interestingly, the Louisiana-based Montco vessel was designed for the offshore oil and gas industry. It is another example of knowledge and technology transfer between the two offshore energy industries. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Click the <font color="#FF0000">red arrows</font> above to view the next/previous photo to see a snippet of what Jenniffer and Stephanie witnessed</center></p> </div>

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Heading out to sea to see the Block Island Wind Farm

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <h3 style="margin-left: 40px;">Building the Block Island Wind Farm Piece by Piece</h3> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><i>Renewable Energy World Editors</i><br><br> On August 15, Renewable Energy World’s Jennifer Runyon and Stephanie Kolodziej had the distinct pleasure of witnessing the historic birth of the first U.S. offshore wind farm. When Renewable Energy World visited the site, which is off the coast of Block Island, in the state of Rhode Island, the second blade on the fourth tower of the 30-MW, $290 million Block Island Wind Farm (BIWF) was being installed. The day was hot and sunny and a perfect one for boating. </p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;"><b>This first image shows their boat heading out to sea to see the Block Island Wind Farm. The boat, the Lindsey E, left the dock at Block Island right next to where the ferry drops off passengers who are visiting the island. The turbines and lift boats are far in the distance and a spit of the island is to the right.</b><br><br>Click the <font color="#FF0000">red arrows</font> above to view the next photo to see a snippet of what they witnessed and stay tuned for much more coverage on this incredible event.</p> </div>

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View of the equipment on board the Fred Olsen windcarrier

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">A close-up view of the massive amount of equipment on board the Fred Olsen windcarrier. If you look closely, you can see the GE Haliade WTG in the center, wrapped in white shrinkwrap with the GE logo on the front.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Click the <font color="#FF0000">red arrows</font> above to view the next/previous photo to see a snippet of what Jenniffer and Stephanie witnessed</center></p> </div>

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Block Island Wind Farm tower number 4

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">The crane begins to lift the second blade into place.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Click the <font color="#FF0000">red arrows</font> above to view the next/previous photo to see a snippet of what Jenniffer and Stephanie witnessed</center></p> </div>

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The ladder-like structure at the foundation of the turbines

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">When the transfer vessel approaches the towers, it butts up against the base of this structure so that crew members can safely tether themselves to the structure before they start to climb it.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Click the <font color="#FF0000">red arrows</font> above to view the next/previous photo to see a snippet of what Jenniffer and Stephanie witnessed</center></p> </div>

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The second blade is moved into position

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Crucerey explained that there are 150 bolts that must be aligned to put the blade in place.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Click the <font color="#FF0000">red arrows</font> above to view the next/previous photo to see a snippet of what Jenniffer and Stephanie witnessed</center></p> </div>

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Third jack-up vessel near the foundation of tower number 5

<div style="padding-bottom: 2em; padding-top: 2em; padding-right: 2em; background-color: rgb(250, 250, 250); border:1px solid rgba(5, 5, 5, 0.4); "> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">A third jack-up vessel stands by at foundation number 5, ready to assist in the installation of the final WTG. The tower pieces are already onboard.</p> <p style="margin-left: 40px;">Click the <font color="#FF0000">red arrows</font> above to view the next/previous photo to see a snippet of what Jenniffer and Stephanie witnessed</center></p> </div>