First Merkur Transition Pieces En Route to Eemshaven

The first 6 of the total of 66 transition pieces (TPs) for the Merkur offshore wind farm have been loaded onto a vessel in Spain and will now set sail to Eemshaven, according to social media updates by those involved in the transport and logistics of the TPs.

The installation of monopiles at the offshore construction site 35km north of the German island of Borkum started in April of this year.

The transition pieces are being transported from Spain since they were produced by Idesa, a Spanish company specialising in manufacturing large components and equipment.

The Buss Orange Blue Terminal, located in the Dutch port of Eemshaven, has already commenced preparations for the Merkur offshore wind farm. In June, the terminal signed a contract with GeoSea to accomodate the temporary storage, final assembly and transportation of the transition pieces to the wind farm via a jack-up vessel.

The 396MW Merkur will consist of 66 GE Haliade 150-6MW wind turbines and is scheduled to be fully operational in 2019.

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Merkur Transition Pieces En Route to Eemshaven

The first 6 of the total of 66 transition pieces (TPs) for the Merkur offshore wind farm have been loaded onto a vessel in Spain and will now set sail to Eemshaven, according to social media updates by those involved in the transport and logistics of the TPs.

The installation of monopiles at the offshore construction site, located 35km north of the German island of Borkum, started in April of this year.

The transition pieces are being transported from Spain since they were produced by Idesa, a Spanish company specialising in manufacturing large components and equipment.

Preparations for handling the Merkur transition pieces have already started at the Buss Orange Blue Terminal in the Dutch port of Eemshaven. In June, the Buss Orange Blue Terminal and GeoSea signed a contract under which the transition pieces will be temporarily stored at the terminal, finally assembled and then transported to the wind farm via a jack-up vessel.

Merkur will consist of 66 GE Haliade 150-6MW wind turbines and will produce about 1,750 GWh of electricity annually. The 396MW German offshore wind farm is scheduled to be fully operational in 2019.

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USTDA Continues Support for Vietnam’s Offshore Wind with New Grant

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to Power Engineering Consulting Joint Stock Company 2 (PECC2), a Vietnamese power engineering company, to support development of the 100MW Tan Thuan nearshore wind farm in southern Vietnam.

PECC2 has selected Seattle-based DVN KEMA Renewables, a consulting and engineering group with experience in offshore wind in Vietnam, to carry out the project design and feasibility study.

According to USTDA, the Tan Thuan wind farm is located in the Ca Mau province, which is notable for having the highest average wind speed nationwide.

The wind farm is developed in two phases, the first comprising 24MW and the second including the remaining 76MW.

David Ross, USTDA Country Manager, said: “USTDA is pleased to support this project which will help capitalize on southern Vietnam’s strong wind resources and support the country’s prioritization of renewable energy. This project represents an excellent opportunity for U.S. businesses to export technologies and services in support of Vietnam’s renewable energy goals.”

U.S. Consul General Mary Tarnowka and PECC2 Chairman and CEO Nguyen Chon Hung signed the grant at a ceremony in PECC2’s office in Ho Chi Minh City.

“As Vietnam’s energy demands grow, the U.S. is helping spread renewable energy in the Mekong River Delta. This project has the potential to bring clean energy to the Mekong River Delta and introduce U.S. wind power technologies to Vietnam,” Mary Tarnowka said.

In March 2015, USTDA backed the development of the 300MW Bac Lieu wind power project in Vietnam with a grant to Cong Ly Ltd. Commercial operation for phase 1 of Bac Lieu, which uses ten General Electric turbines that generate approximately 16 MW of power, commenced in August 2013.

Recently, USTDA awarded a grant to the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) supporting the development of an offshore wind farm in Jamaica. If determined viable after the feasibility study, the wind farm would be one of the first offshore wind installations in Jamaica and the greater Caribbean region.

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International lenders back Serbia's largest site

The finance package will go towards the €300 million project being developed by Vetroelektrane Balkana.

The developer is owned by Tesla Wind — a 60:40 joint venture between United Arab Emirates-based investor Masdar and Cibuk Wind Holding, a subsidiary of US developer Continental Wind Partners, the EBRD said.

Project financing also includes loans from Banca Intesa, Erste Bank, UniCredit, and the Green for Growth Fund, according to Masdar.

The site, located 50km north-east of capital Belgrade, will comprise 57 GE 2.75-120 turbines when it is completed in 2019. It will be Masdar’s first European onshore wind project in Europe. It also owns stakes in three UK offshore wind projects.

“The development of the largest wind farm in the western Balkans is a pivotal moment for the expansion of renewables in the region and positions Serbia at the forefront of Europe’s fastest-growing alternative energy sector,” said Tesla Wind chairman Yousif Al Ai.

The project is the latest in a series of project developments happening in Serbia since the government passed legislation in August 2016 backing 500MW of wind in new power laws.

Last month, the IFC pledged a €19.1m loan to Belgian developer Elicio to build a 42MW site, also in northern Serbia.

In June, Serbia elected Ana Brnabic as its prime minister. Brnabic was previously a director at Continental Wind Partners in Serbia and led the country’s wind power association.

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DNV GL Signs MoU on OW Testing and Certification in Taiwan

DNV GL has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Taiwanese stakeholders to collaborate on offshore wind testing and certification to drive the expansion and facilitate the development of offshore wind in Taiwan.

The participating stakeholders who signed the MoU include CR Classification Society, Electronics Testing Centre Taiwan, Metal Industries R&D Centre, Taiwan Electronic Research and Testing Centre, and Taiwan Institute of Economic Research.

The agreement was signed under the witness of Dr Ming-Jong Liou, Director-General of the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI), the agency of Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs which will head the regulations for certification since it has been designated by the highest authority in Taiwan.

According to DNV GL, Taiwan is one of the rising offshore wind markets in the world, and with its long-term visibility in terms of policy, financial support and development, it is Asia’s second biggest offshore wind market after China.

The aim of this initiative is to facilitate the knowledge transfer and technical cooperation, enabling future offshore wind leaders to build on the experience from mature markets.

Kim Mørk, Executive Vice President Renewables Certification at DNV GL, said: “Local knowledge from our MOU partners combined with the broad experience in offshore wind from DNV GL, will help the industry to accelerate the country’s offshore wind targets and make offshore wind in Taiwan a reality soon. As a certification body we have been involved in more than 75% of all offshore wind farms globally, giving us a comprehensive industry insight and knowledge based on experience from the world’s leading offshore wind markets.”

To support local and foreign companies realizing projects on site, DNV GL has recently established a local certification team in Taipei, headed by Per Haahr, Regional Manager Asia Pacific for Renewables Certification.

DNV GL said that in the last ten years, certification has supported pioneering advances in the renewables industry by improving the reliability of products and projects. As the industry is developing, new innovative projects forecast to continue growing will need to demonstrate their capabilities, while the focus on the long-term performance of traditional technologies remains highly important.

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Middle East ripe for wind-powered kite systems

The most favourable regions for high-altitude wind energy in the Middle East are over parts of Saudi Arabia and Oman, the team from Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) concluded.

This was due to the Saudi Arabia’s vast area and Oman’s high wind speeds, as well as both countries’ consistent wind resources.

After analysing raw data from US space agency Nasa, the researchers claimed sufficiently large airborne wind energy systems (AWES) being deployed in Oman, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt and Yemen, could help the five countries meet more than 75% of their energy consumption.

Wind resources generally become more abundant at higher altitudes, the KAUST team wrote in their study ‘High-altitude wind resources in the Middle East’, which appeared in weekly science journal Nature.

“Optimal altitudes for the turbines vary by region and with time of year and time of day,” author of the paper Andrew Yip said.

Wind supply is also more reliable higher up, leading some researchers to explore the possibilities of harnessing this wind power.

In California, Google-owned designer Makani is developing an aerodynamic wing tethered to the ground. Its latest prototype transfers up to 600kW to the grid, it claims.

Elsewhere, Shell-backed UK firm Kite Power Systems trialled a single 500kW pilot project in Scotland. It is reportedly planning to install an array of ten 500kW kite systems in 2020.

Current tethered kite technology would most likely allow harvesting of wind energy at heights of between 2-3 kilometres, but wind resources are even greater at higher altitudes, the KAUST researchers concluded.

The team now plans to focus on regional variations in how airborne wind energy systems might contribute to electricity grids.

It would look into how spacing these systems might offer insights into the impact of large-scale deployment.

“AWES presents an excellent opportunity to champion the technological transfer and development of a maturing next-generation technology in a region with an increasingly knowledge-based and energy-intensive economy,” the researchers wrote.

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Dominion Energy seeks 300MW of wind or solar

The RfP is seeking projects of between 10MW and 150MW in Virigina, and able to be connected to DEV’s transmission or distribution system, the firm said.

DEV will consider power purchase agreements or the acqusition of the projects. Commercial operation is expected to begin in 2019 and 2020.

Developers or project owners have until 27 October to submit a notice of intent to bid, with final proposals expected by 1 December.

Currently, Virignia has no installed wind capacity, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.

In March 2017, authorities in Virginia approved an up-to-80MW project, in what is set to become the state’s first wind site.

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality awarded developer Apex Clean Energy a “permit by rule” for the 25-turbine project.

The Rocky Forge Wind site is planned for an area of rural land in Botetourt County, northern Virginia.

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Brunel Engineers Developing Digital O&M Platform

Researchers at the Brunel University London’s Innovation Center are developing WindTwin, a digital platform that enables live condition checks on each wind turbine’s working parts, for which the Brunel team says it would significantly contribute to cutting offshore O&M costs.

WindTwin will feed data from sound sensors on the turbines’ gearbox, generator and other mechanical parts into a 3D virtual model or ‘digital twin’ that predicts which need fixing and when. That lets companies scrap scheduled maintenance and replace or repair broken parts before they do damage.

Dr Miltiadis Kourmpetis at Brunel Innovation Centre said: “The data this software generates has huge potential benefits for the wind turbine industry.”

Brunel’s researchers said savings achieved by using WindTwin could be vast, considering that operating 5,500 offshore turbines by 2025 could cost GBP 2 billion annually, according to Crown Estate’s report from 2013.

“Our goal is to develop digital models or clones of a wind turbine which combine mathematical models describing the physics of the turbine’s operation, with sensor data from actual parts during day-to-day running. These virtual models will allow wind farm operators to predict failure and plan maintenance, reducing maintenance costs and downtime,” Kourmpetis said.

The digital twin platform will use big data analytics and advanced visualisation and analysis to draw a real-time picture of the turbine’s condition, which will help maintain and optimise real wind turbines, cutting upkeep costs by up to 30%, researchers calculate. Early breakdown detection will up reliability by as much as 99.5% and reduce losses from downtime by 70%. It also lets workers monitor and control entire wind farms digitally and remotely.

The Brunel Innovation Centre team working on WindTwin will target parts for monitoring and use their own machine learning algorithms to crunch the data. They will also identify sensors needed to track faults.

Brunel University London is working on the GBP 1.4 million 30-month WindTwin project with experts including Agility3, ESI and TWI. Funded by the government’s Innovate UK, they plan to sell the digital twin platform worldwide and look at how other industries could use it.

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Boralex and Infinergy target 325MW Scottish pipeline

The pipeline would consist of ten wind projects ranging from 6MW to 80MW, the companies said.

Under the JV, Canada-based Boralex would be able to acquire or resell the projects in the future.

The projects are at different stages of development, “from early stage to being on the verge of full authorisation”, the companies said in a joint statement.

Infinergy and Boralex have committed to investing £6.6 million (€7.43 million) and £5.5 million (€6.18 million) until 2019 respectively to aid development of the pipeline.

Boralex chief executive officer Patrick Lemaire said the company was attracted to Scotland because of its support for renewable energy.

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader, and head of the devolved Scottish government, Nicola Sturgeon, last week vowed to establish a publicly-owned, not-for-profit energy company to deliver Scottish-produced renewable energy.

“With Scotland’s strong political will to support the growth of all its renewable energy sources, we are excited to start working with our new partners Infinergy,” Lemaire said.

“We are confident that Boralex will be able to contribute its unparalleled experience as a wind developer to complement Infinergy’s.

“We share the common objectives to develop, build and operate as many projects as possible over the next five to seven years,” he added. 

Esbjorn Wilmar, chief executive of Infinergy, which also formed a JV with project adviser Greensolver in April, added: “We are very pleased to team up with a new partner who shares our positive outlook on renewable energy in general and the opportunities for onshore wind in Scotland in particular.” 

Boralex is currently developing nearly 70MW of projects in Scotland.

According to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly, UK developer Infinergy is developing the planned 50MW Lambdoughty project, and owns the 39MW Tom nan Clach site which is under construction.

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Boralex and Infinergy targets 325MW Scottish pipeline

The pipeline would consist of ten wind projects ranging from 6MW to 80MW, the companies said.

Under the JV, Canada-based Boralex would be able to acquire or resell the projects in the future.

The projects are at different stages of development, “from early stage to being on the verge of full authorisation”, the companies said in a joint statement.

Infinergy and Boralex have committed to investing £6.6 million (€7.43 million) and £5.5 million (€6.18 million) until 2019 respectively to aid development of the pipeline.

Boralex chief executive officer Patrick Lemaire said the company was attracted to Scotland because of its support for renewable energy.

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader, and head of the devolved Scottish government, Nicola Sturgeon, last week vowed to establish a publicly-owned, not-for-profit energy company to deliver Scottish-produced renewable energy.

“With Scotland’s strong political will to support the growth of all its renewable energy sources, we are excited to start working with our new partners Infinergy,” Lemaire said.

“We are confident that Boralex will be able to contribute its unparalleled experience as a wind developer to complement Infinergy’s.

“We share the common objectives to develop, build and operate as many projects as possible over the next five to seven years,” he added. 

Esbjorn Wilmar, chief executive of Infinergy, which also formed a JV with project adviser Greensolver in April, added: “We are very pleased to team up with a new partner who shares our positive outlook on renewable energy in general and the opportunities for onshore wind in Scotland in particular.” 

Boralex is currently developing nearly 70MW of projects in Scotland.

According to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly, UK developer Infinergy is developing the planned 50MW Lambdoughty project, and owns the 39MW Tom nan Clach site which is under construction.

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