Marine Renewables


Gangway System for
Arkona Offshore Wind Farm

Vroon Offshore Services and Ampelmann have joined forces to deploy a walk-to-work (W2W) solution for the Arkona offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea. Vroon’s VOS Stone vessel, the newest addition to its offshore support fleet, will be mobilized with an Ampelmann A400 gangway system.
The gangway, launched in 2017, will be utilized for the first time for W2W operations during array cabling work and commissioning of the Arkona offshore wind farm. The project should finish by September.


Half-Scale WEC
Testing at EMEC

CorPower Ocean has successfully installed its half-scale C3 wave energy converter (WEC) at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland.

The C3 point absorber was installed at EMEC’s Scapa Flow scale test site in collaboration with local marine contractor Green Marine (UK) Ltd. The device was towed to site and the surface-operated install sequence was successfully performed from a vessel.

The C3 WEC was connected to a floating microgrid unit provided by EMEC.

The microgrid has been designed to allow the C3 device to behave as if it were grid connected by providing a stable voltage and frequency reference, simulating the impedance of a typical grid connection, absorbing power from the device under test and providing power to auxiliary systems.

This ocean deployment is looking to prove off-grid operations to address market segments such as islands, offshore installations or remote coastal locations.


Marine Renewables
Legislation in Nova Scotia

The government of Nova Scotia has proclaimed the Marine Renewable-energy Act, a major milestone for Canada’s marine renewable energy sector. It provides a framework for the governance and development of marine renewable energy resources, including tidal, wave and offshore wind energy. Key features include the designation of areas of priority for development, as well as a licensing and permitting regime.

A demonstration permitting program is now open, allowing proponents to seek up to 5 MW for demonstration of a project. The program has a cap of 10 MW and requires all applicable permits and approvals in place.


Kraken in Germany Wins
Support for Offshore Wind

Kraken Robotics Inc.’s German subsidiary, Kraken Robotik GmbH, was named a winner in the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) competition, an R&D program funded by nine leading offshore wind developers and the Scottish government to reduce the cost of offshore wind energy. Kraken Robotik was among four companies selected in the competition.

Kraken will receive hands-on mentoring and advice from the OWA industry partners, which collectively represent more than 75 percent of the European offshore wind market, as well as a potential opportunity to demonstrate its SeaVision 3D underwater laser imaging system on installed foundations at a fully operational wind farm in Europe. The aim of the competition is to help advanced technologies access the large emerging market and become part of the normal subsea inspection strategy for offshore wind developers.


AUV Docking Station for
Offshore Wind Inspection

Modus Seabed Intervention is developing an innovative approach to enable AUVs to remain at offshore wind farm sites without a support vessel. The move could shave £1.1 billion from the operating cost of Europe’s offshore wind farms and would be a world first in the sector.

Modus Seabed Intervention, in partnership with Osbit Ltd. and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, is trialing an AUV docking station to enable vehicle recharging, upload of acquired data and download of mission commands.

The use of AUVs to survey and inspect offshore wind farm subsea infrastructure is a relatively new cost-efficiency measure in this sector. In addition to the estimated £1.1 billion savings across the current 11-GW offshore wind farm fleet over the next 25 years, the scheme will also significantly reduce the need for staff to work in often hazardous environments.

The Autonomous Vehicle for the Inspection of offshore wind farm Subsea INfrastructure (AVISIoN) project has received funding from Innovate UK for further development, testing and demonstrations of Modus’s existing hybrid AUV capability and docking station. Testing will take place at ORE Catapult’s National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, Northumberland.


Deep Green Tech
Nearing Utility Scale

The gravity base structure foundation for Minesto’s first commercial-scale installation of its Deep Green technology has been delivered, marking significant progress toward the first installation in Holyhead Deep. Preparation for offshore testing is in it final stages. Minesto’s DG500 project involves installing and demonstrating Deep Green, which produces electricity from ocean currents, at utility scale at the Holyhead Deep site off the coast of northwest Wales. Offshore installation of the 500-kW device and the surrounding test setup infrastructure is to start in April, with system functionality and capacity tests to be conducted in the second quarter. The aim is to generate electricity in the third quarter this year.


Funding to Advance
Clean Energy in Canada

The University of Victoria (UVic) is getting $2.4 million in new funding to accelerate clean energy projects. The funding is from the government of Canada and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation in conjunction with Seaspan.

An investment of $1.4 million will establish the Pacific Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery (PRIMED) at UVic. The institute will help develop and commercialize wind, wave and tidal energy technologies and help support the adoption of alternative technologies in remote coastal communities.

A $1 million investment will significantly advance the work of the green transportation research team at UVic’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems. The funding will move forward solutions for heavy-duty marine, mining and transportation sectors working to meet their greenhouse gas reduction targets and climate change mitigation goals.


Wind Energy Economical
For Ship Propulsion

Analysis from BMT has revealed that the wingsail technology pioneered by Oceanfoil could achieve an average fuel consumption and emissions savings of 14 percent on a mid-sized tanker vessel and up to 20 percent in certain wind and sea conditions.

The results put renewable wind energy for ship propulsion in a key role as the shipping industry seeks to lower its carbon footprint and save fuel costs.

The assessment considered a system of four Oceanfoil wingsails over the course of a year on a 183-m, 50,000-tonne deadweight Panamax vessel operating in the north Atlantic. The study identifies the thrust benefits for all wind angles around the ship and uses the average to define the Oceanfoil wingsail thrust at a given ship and wind speed.

Oceanfoil is in discussions with its classification society to obtain approval for its proposed advanced all-weather camera solution to provide enhanced bridge visibility that would ensure compliance with IMO regulations.


Dudgeon Now Powering
UK Grid

The Dudgeon offshore wind farm 40 km off the coast of Norfolk, England, is officially open. All 67 turbines at the 402-MW farm are now delivering electricity to the U.K. grid, providing renewable energy to about 410,000 homes. Dudgeon is a key part of Statoil’s strategy to complement its oil and gas portfolio with profitable renewable energy solutions.

It is estimated that the installed capacity of offshore wind in Europe can grow from 12 GW in 2016 to 70 GW in 2030.


MacArtney Winches for
Borkum Riffgrund

The Borkum Riffgrund Offshore Wind Farm 2 is located in the North Sea approximately 55 km off the northwest coast of Germany and is one of the world’s biggest offshore wind farms. It comprises 56 wind turbines and will power 460,000 homes annually.

MacArtney provided winches for the wind farm to pull both interarray cables and export cables into the substation that forms the heart of the wind farm, collecting and exporting power generated by turbines through specialized submarine cables.


Sparrows Expands Wind Energy Market Presence

Sparrows Group has acquired Danish wind energy specialist Alpha Offshore Service A/S. Already a supplier of capital equipment to the wind energy industry, the deal significantly strengthens the group’s operations and maintenance capabilities in the sector.

Alpha Offshore provides engineering personnel and inspection services to the energy industry, specializing in the delivery of operations and maintenance, and supervisory and commissioning services to onshore and offshore wind developments. The company will continue to be run under the same management as a separate entity within the Sparrows Group, ensuring operational consistency while providing access to a wider pool of expertise and resources.


Canada Funds Clean Tech
For Fisheries, Aquaculture

The government of Canada launched a program that will provide up to $20 million over four years to help Canada’s fisheries and aquaculture industries incorporate existing clean technologies into their day-to-day operations. Potential projects include helping fish harvesters convert their vessels to clean alternative fuels and reducing energy use on aquaculture sites. Clean technology and innovation are key components of the government’s approach to promoting clean economic growth. The Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program will provide funding to help a sector made up of primarily small and medium-sized businesses adopt innovative clean technologies that otherwise may not be possible.


Load Shackles for Tidal Energy Data Monitoring

Strainstall has been selected to provide two of its load shackles to increase the survivability and reliability of a floating tidal energy converter (TEC) platform for Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd. (SME). PLAT-I hosts four SCHOTTEL SIT250 turbines. Following installation of PLAT-I by SME, instrumentation and data gathering are being carried out for a project in partnership with Swansea University. Strainstall’s load shackles will be installed on PLAT-I to help better understand the effects of extreme conditions and fatigue loads on TECs.