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May 2016 Issue
Global Marine Buys
Big Stake in CWind
Global Marine Systems Ltd. acquired a majority interest in CWind Ltd., an offshore renewables specialist, adding a diverse range of construction and O&M services to its capabilities. CWind has supported the construction and operation of over 26 wind farms in the North Sea, Irish Sea and the Baltic. It operates an 18-strong fleet.
U.K. coating manufacturer Whitford Ltd. is working with the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) to test various high-performance coatings within the harsh ocean conditions in Orkney, Scotland. The long-term project will analyze existing and developmental coating products to assess their suitability for applications within the marine renewables industry and oil and gas.
Whitford has initially been testing coated panels and bolts in Stromness Harbour.
In other EMEC-related news, Flemish wave energy developer Laminaria has joined forces with EMEC, Innosea, Ghent University and TTI Testing for the LAMWEC project to develop and test a 100-kW Laminaria wave energy converter (WEC), progressing to system prototype demonstration in an operational environment.
The main goal is to prove the survivability of the Laminaria WEC, which incorporates an innovative storm protection system, at precommercial scale in extreme storm conditions.
DOE Funds MHK
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected Igiugig to receive up to $1,540,341 to advance the design and operation of ORPC’s marine hydrokinetic (MHK) technology for rivers, the RivGen Power System, which was successfully demonstrated in the Kvichak River at Igiugig in 2014 and 2015, displacing the community’s diesel fuel use by one-third. DOE has approved phase one funds of $392,500.
The cost of generating electricity in Igiugig is nearly $0.80/kWh (the national average is $0.10/kWh) due to the community’s remoteness and reliance on diesel.
First Permanent Test
Stand for US Tidal Energy
The Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) received funding from the Massachusetts Seaport Economic Council to develop a tidal energy test site in the Cape Cod Canal. As a fixed test structure, the Bourne Tidal Test Site (BTTS) would be the first permanent test stand for tidal energy in the U.S.
The test structure will be installed by the end of 2016.
Fugro Starts Survey
Of Dutch Wind Farm
Fugro has commenced preliminary site investigations at the Hollandse Kust (zuid) Wind Farm Zone in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. Geophysical surveys will be performed from two vessels over a period of three to four weeks and will focus on mapping the seabed characteristics and subsurface soil conditions.
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency will provide site-specific information on the conditions of wind energy areas to future developers of the zone. The first tender for the Hollandse Kust (zuid) Wind Farm Zone is scheduled to close in the third quarter of 2017.
Partnership for Offshore
Wind, UXO Services
Subsea IMR provider, N-Sea, has signed a letter of intent with CERES Recherches & Expertise Sous-Marine and TechSub Industrie Environement to provide subsea survey, installation and remediation services to the French offshore wind industry.
The partnership will also include the provision of unexploded ordnance (UXO) detection, identification and removal services.
Selected for Rampion
AXYS Technologies Inc. announced that three TRIAXYS Wave and Current Buoys were selected by Partrac Ltd. as part of their metocean support services contract for the Rampion Offshore Wind farm, 13 km off the Sussex coast in the U.K.
Partrac has been contracted to manage the supply, deployment, maintenance and delivery of metocean monitoring buoys throughout the wind farm’s construction phase.
The TRIAXYS wave buoys were selected because of their ability to measure both waves and 3D water column profile currents, meeting the requirements for reliable, robust data provision.
Batwind to Power
Floating Wind Farm
A new battery storage solution for offshore wind energy will be piloted in the world’s first floating wind farm, the Hywind pilot park off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Batwind will be developed in cooperation with Scottish universities and suppliers.
Battery storage has the potential to mitigate intermittency and optimize output, improving efficiency and lowering costs for offshore wind. The pilot in Scotland will provide a technological and commercial foundation for the implementation of Batwind in full-scale offshore wind farms, opening new commercial opportunities in a growing market.
Statoil will install a 1-MWh lithium battery-based storage pilot system in late 2018.
First Federal Wind Energy
RAP Approved in US
BOEM has approved the first wind energy Research Activities Plan (RAP) for a facility to be located in U.S. federal waters.
Last year, BOEM awarded a research lease to the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) on the Outer Continental Shelf off the coast of Virginia.
BOEM’s latest approval clears the way for the installation and operation of two 6-MW turbines and associated cabling to shore, pending final engineering review of the project. The electricity generated by these turbines could power 3,000 homes.
The RAP was developed by DMME’s operator, Virginia Electric and Power Co. (dba Dominion Resources, Inc.) and describes the proposed construction, operation, maintenance and eventual decommissioning of the Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project (VOWTAP).
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