KCI Secures Funds and Partners to Build Double Slip Joint Prototype

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Dutch engineering firm KCI has been awarded with a research and development (R&D) subsidy from Dutch Top consortium Knowlegde and Innovation, Wind at Sea (TKI – WoZ) for the further development of its Double Slip Joint (DSJ) concept.

KCI has also teamed up with partners Van Oord Offshore Wind Projects and SIF for the further development of the DSJ.

KCI says that the DSJ is an innovative, installation-time reducing and maintenance free technology to connect monopile and transition piece for offshore wind turbines. It is described as a robust and groutless connection whereby two sets of steel rings with matching conical surfaces are integrated in the standard cylindrical tubes of the monopile and the transition piece (TP).

The TP is installed by lifting it inside the monopile. Contact is made concentrated at two sets of rings, which have a small taper angle of about 2 degrees and an exact fit. This provides a well-defined self-locking steel on steel connection after installation of the TP. The TP will automatically settle under the gravity loads and operational turbine loads within a short period of time, to reach a final stable locked condition, rigidly connected to the pile, as if welded together, KIC said.

With the DSJ, there are two options for the connection with the monopile: above the water and below the splash zone, with the so-called “inverted” DSJ.

The subsidy is intended for designing, testing and the validation of a medium scale steel prototype by comparing the self settling behaviour to previous smaller plastic prototypes. Effects of larger scale, the use of steel and prototype fabrication method will be tested.

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Roxtec Seals Off Burbo Bank 2 OSS Holes

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ENGIE Fabricom has contracted Roxtec as a supplier of transits to seal off hundreds of openings for cables and pipes onboard the substation for DONG Energy’s Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm.

The transits are used for high voltage power cables as well as for signal and fiber optic cables and in control cabinets. The transits are also used for a wide range of pipe penetrations – from the air-conditioning to the fire-fighting system pipes.

ENGIE Fabricom has prepared for future needs and additional cable routing by installing the company’s transits for 50 percent spare capacity, Roxtec said.

The offshore substation topside and jacket left ENGIE Fabricom’s Hoboken yard in Belgium on 15 June.

A consortium of ENGIE Fabricom and Iemants has been contracted by DONG Energy for the fabrication of the offshore substation.

The load-out of the 985-tonne jacket took place at the Smulders yard on 11 May. The jacket was transported by the Matador 3 from the dry dock to the Engie Fabricom yard, where it was placed on a transportation barge. On 30 May, the substation was rolled out and joined the jacket on the barge.

Burbo Bank Extension will comprise 32 MHI Vestas 8MW wind turbines. The wind farm, located 8 kilometres off the coast in Liverpool Bay, UK, is an addition to the operational Burbo Bank.

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Take a 360° Aerial Tour of an Offshore Wind Farm with Siemens (Video)


Siemens has released a video showing a 360° flight to an offshore wind farm.

The video explains how the company’s technology and O&M solutions keep the industry moving forward and help reduce costs.

The technologies described include Siemens’ wind turbines with Direct Drive technology.

The video also highlights the benefits of service solutions such as the service operation vessels (SOVs), which the company uses to keep offshore wind turbines running efficiently.

Enjoy the video!

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Danes Explore U.S. Offshore Wind Opportunities

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115 participants from more than 60 companies from all parts of the offshore wind supply chain have gathered at the U.S. Offshore Wind Academy in Boston.

Many Danish suppliers have also joined the two-day event which ends today, 30 September, to get an overview and understanding of the supply chain potential, and to link up with potential North American partners and clients, Offshoreenergy.dk reports.

Over the two days, the focus has been both establishing an overview of the supply chain potential and uncovering areas with collaboration opportunities between U.S. and Danish companies.

The Danish Trade Council in Chicago and Offshoreenergy.dk have facilitated a workshop on developing and servicing offshore wind farms.

The workshop included a business-to-business session – a series of 15-minute meetings that allow the participants to build a foundation for future collaboration.

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Ofgem Reveals OFTO Tender Round 5 Start Date

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UK’s energy market regulator Ofgem will start the fifth tender round (TR5) for offshore transmission owners (OFTOs) where companies will bid to become owners of five transmission links to offshore wind farms on 10 October 2016. 

The five links have an estimated value of GBP 2 billion in total and a generation capacity of 2.3 GW – making it the biggest tender round to date.

Ofgem, which runs the tender process, will choose the most competitive bids from companies to own and run links to the offshore sites over a 20-year period.

The launch of the fifth round comes after Ofgem announced a shortlist of five bidders to own and run the GBP 230 million transmission link for the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm in the Bay of Liverpool earlier this month.

The five offshore wind farms for which transmission links are being tendered are the 402MW Dudgeon, the 336MW Galloper, the 580MW Race Bank, the 400MW Rampion, and the 660MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm.

Jonathan Brearley, senior partner, networks, Ofgem, said: “Since the launch of the OFTO regime, the first three tendering rounds have delivered £700 million in savings and have attracted over £3 billion in investment value. By providing the opportunity for investors to now participate in the tendering of over £2 billion of assets in the next round, it should ensure the delivery of further value for consumers and contribute to reducing the overall cost of offshore wind.”

Dudgeon is located 32km off the coast of Cromer in North Norfolk, and is being developed by Statoil ASA, Masdar, and Statkraft AS.

Galloper is a project equally owned by RWE, Siemens Financial Services, UK Green Investment Bank and Macquarie Capital. The wind farm is situated 27km off the east coast of England, adjacent to the Greater Gabbard project.

DONG Energy’s Race Bank is located in the North Sea, 27km north of Blakeney point off the coast of Norfolk, and 28km east of Chapel St. Leonards off the coast of Lincolnshire.

Rampion is jointly owned by EON (50.1%), Enbridge (24.9%) and Green Investment Bank (25%). The wind farm is situated 13km off the south coast of England, near Sussex.

Located approximately 19km from shore in the Irish Sea, DONG Energy’s Walney Extension contains two phases. For the purposes of TR5, both phases will be treated as a single qualifying project and one licence will be awarded to an OFTO to operate the Walney Extension, Ofgem said.

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GE to supply combined wind and hydro pumped storage pilot project

The Gaildorf project, located in Germany’s Swabian-Franconian forest on the Limburger Berge uplands, will comprise four of GE’s new 3.4-137 turbines and a 16MW pumped storage hydro-electric power plant supplied under a separate agreement between Max Bögl, Naturspeicher and Voith.

The base of each wind turbine is to be used as a water reservoir, increasing tower height by 40 metres and extending tip height to a record-breaking 246.5 metres, GE said. The lower reservoir for the pumped storage plant lies in a nearby valley, 200 metres below the wind turbines.

The combined wind and hydro power plant will be able to provide balancing power for fast-response stabilisation of the grid, said GE. This would be an additional source of earnings on top of normal participation in the wholesale electricity market.

The wind turbines and the pumped storage unit will both sell electricity into the wholesale market with their combined operation optimised to make the most of price fluctuations.

During times of peak demand and high electricity prices, the hydro plant will be in production mode. When demand and prices are low, the hydro plant will be in pump mode, pumping and storing water in the upper reservoir for later use.

The net effect will be to use the stored hydro capacity to balance the intermittent nature of wind power through the optimal use of energy at different times of the day, GE said.

The turbines are scheduled to be commissioned by the end of 2017 and the full Gaildorf power plant is expected to be operational by the end of 2018.

Whether the pilot project will be commercially viable remains to be seen. German pumped storage plants are struggling to operate profitably and prices in the balancing market are falling as more players enter the market.

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Last Chance to Sign Up for the DIT Offshore Wind Trade Mission and UK Pavilion at OEEC

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UK registered companies have one week left to register for the offshore wind trade mission and/or the UK Pavilion at Offshore Energy & Conference.

October 5th will be the final deadline to make use of this unique opportunity that is (partly) sponsored by the Department of International Trade (DIT).

Companies that have signed up so far include:

Pavilion                                                                                                         Trade Mission

Gardline Geosurvey Ltd                                                                              Babcock International

The Renewables Consulting Group Ltd.                                                   Proserv UK Ltd

3sun Group                                                                                                    Ecosse Subsea Systems Ltd.

There are just a few spots left, so make sure you register on time.

Why attend?

The Dutch government plans to increase their installed capacity from 1,000 MW to 4.5 GW by 2023, firmly establishing the Netherlands as one of the world’s most attractive offshore wind markets.

This event will bring together the major players and buyers from across Europe and further afield. Hear updates and discover opportunities at the dedicated offshore wind conference, enhance your profile by exhibiting on the UK Pavilion and network with high-profile buyers during exclusive DIT activities.

Questions? Please contact DIT directly

W: https://www.events.ukti.gov.uk/offshore-wind-trade-mission-to-the-netherlands/

E: OffshoreWindNetherlands@DITeventspecialist.co.uk

T: +44 (0) 20 7034 4848

NOTE: The Department for International Trade (DIT) invites companies operating in the offshore wind sector to join them at the Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference (OEEC). The Offshore Wind Trade Mission to the Netherlands will open doors in the fast-developing offshore wind market. Join us as an exhibitor or a visitor at a significantly discounted rate and take advantage of this exceptional opportunity to pitch for business and showcase your capabilities to a European and wider international audience.

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Construction of Burbo Bank O&M Base Kicks Off

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Robertson North West, part of the Robertson Group, has started construction works on a GBP 5.5 million facility in Kings Wharf, Seacombe, UK, which will serve as the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base for DONG Energy’s 90MW Burbo Bank and the new 258MW Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm.

The facility will consist of a new office and warehouse building, expected to be completed by mid-2017.

Up to 75 jobs will be created during the construction of the facility, while around 45 people being permanently employed at the site once it is operational, DONG Energy said.

Brian McMorrow, Senior Construction Engineer at DONG Energy, said: “It was important for us to use a regionally based construction company so we’re really pleased to be working with Robertson Construction North West. DONG Energy is committed to investing in the UK and we are very proud to be playing an important role in the redevelopment of this part of Kings Wharf.”

As part of the development, DONG Energy has also committed to carry out work on the river promenade adjacent to the site which will improve the public amenity. This scheme has been developed through close cooperation with Wirral Council.

Vessels are expected to be operated from the Seacombe Mersey Ferries terminal. Discussions are progressing with Merseytravel with a view to entering into a long-term agreement for shared use of the terminal to facilitate daily vessel access.

The whole facility will comprise an area of approximately 1,800 square metres.

Burbo Bank has been operational since 2007. Burbo Bank Extension is currently under construction and is expected to be fully operational in 2017.

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Hamburg 2016: Lowering costs using digitalisation – panel

Windpower Monthly TV is joined by Sentient Science CEO Ward Thomas, Vestas’ vice president of smart data Anders Hvashoj, DNV GL Energy regional manager Helmut Klug and president of Totaro & Associates, Philip Totaro. 

“This is a two-market network; there’s a network of demand, which is the operator, and then there is the network of supply,” said Thomas. 

“In the new world, of the Ubers and the Airbnbs — these new business models — one is out to aggregate demand and the end customer now has a great deal of insight and say in to what the supply is building in. Both of these have to get equal value in order for the entire ecosystem to be successful.

“So we’ve seen it go from a supply-oriented, one-customer-at-a-time model to both supply and demand working in an ecosystem where everyone has to get the value. What we’ve offered up to the industry is the digital clone model, the life model, being a standard model to be the unit of value that everyone can agree on,” Thomas explained. 

Hvashoj said that digitalisation had helped Vestas with monitoring components more closely, meaning they can optimise their operating fleet more accurately. 

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DONG Starts Hornsea Project Three Public Consultation Process

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DONG Energy has started the first phase of the public consultation process on the 2.4GW Hornsea Project Three wind farm proposed to be built off the North Norfolk coast, UK.

The first phase of the consultation includes the first round of community consultation events, scheduled to occur in late autumn 2016, as shown in the table below.

Source: DONG Energy
Source: DONG Energy

At these events, members of the public and other interested parties will be able to view information on the proposed offshore wind farm and comment on these plans.

During and after the events, attendees will have the opportunity to complete a feedback form and comment on the proposed plans.

The consultation period will last a minimum of 28 days and all feedback forms for phase one consultation must be submitted by the end of November 2016. A period of time will then be given to enable us to review and consider your responses, and a short interim Consultation Summary Report will be produced.

The second round of consultation events will take place during the second half of 2017. At this stage, DONG will specifically consult on the contents of the Preliminary Environmental Information Report and update the interested parties on the project.

The dates and timings of these events and the deadline for feedback will be publicised nearer the time on our website and in local media.

In August 2015, DONG Energy acquired the rights to develop the Hornsea Zone from SMart Wind Ltd, who were originally awarded the zone in The Crown Estate Round 3 bid process. To date, Hornsea Project One and Hornsea Project Two have both received planning consent, and Hornsea Project One is currently under construction after reaching Final Investment Decision in February 2016.

DONG is now exploring the potential to develop a third project in the zone, Hornsea Project Three, which is currently in the early pre-application stage for a Development Consent Order (DCO).

Hornsea Project Three will be located over 120km offshore to the east of Projects One and Two, and is exploring an area of up to 696km2.

Electricity generated by the offshore wind farm will be brought onshore via subsea cables buried onshore before connecting into an onshore substation and the national grid.

DONG is currently assessing potential cable route options from various locations in the proposed landfall area, in the vicinity of the North Norfolk coastline and connecting into Norwich Main National Grid substation.

This will be presented in the Scoping Report and is something DONG will be seeking public opinion on as part of the consultation and planning process.

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