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Blue Cluster and Flemish Government sign cluster pact

On Friday 15 February, the Blue Cluster (De Blauwe Cluster) signed a cluster pact with the Flemish Government. The pact establishes the engagement of the spearhead cluster, the cluster members and the Flemish Government. The Flemish Government sees the potential of a blue economy and therefore wants to engage more in innovative initiatives in and…

The future of offshore wind at Maritime Energy Transition event 2019

On 14 March, the annual Maritime Energy Transition (MET) Event will take place at the VNAB building in Rotterdam. During this second edition, industry specialists will discuss the role of the maritime industry in the energy transition. With the urge for drastic steps in creating a more sustainable energy system, how does this impact the…

Shell, innogy and Stiesdal Offshore Technologies take final investment decision floating wind

Shell, innogy SE and Stiesdal Offshore Technologies A/S (SOT) have taken the final investment decision on the €18 million ‘TetraSpar’ floating foundation demonstration project. This is a next step in floating wind. The demonstration project will be tested off the Norwegian coast in 2020. TetraSpar modular floating foundation The TetraSpar is an innovation by SOT.…

8.5 million euro for underwater nature development at offshore wind farms

Nature organisations Natuur & Milieu and North Sea Foundation (Stichting De Noordzee) will receive 8.5 million euro in funding from the Dutch National Postcode Lottery. De funding will be used for their joint project, Rich North Sea (De Rijke Noordzee). The Rich North Sea project aims to ensure that the growth of offshore wind farms…

Boskalis to perform inter-array cable repair activities

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) announced today it has signed a subsea cable integrity contract. The contract includes inter-array cable repair and replacement activities an offshore wind farm. Boskalis did not disclose the name of the offshore wind farm. The contract carries a value of approximately EUR 80 million. Boskalis will utilize three anchored barge…

Official opening repowered wind farm Slufterdam

This evening, the official opening ceremony of the repowered wind farm Slufterdam took place. Wind farm Slufterdam is situated at the Maasvlakte, on top of a dike around silt depot de Slufter, to the west of the port of Rotterdam. Since 2002, 17 GE wind turbines, with a combined total capacity of 25.5 MW, have been…

Europe adds 2.6 GW offshore wind in 2018

Europe added 2.6 GW of offshore wind capacity during 2018. This is an 18% increase with 2017. Offshore wind now represents 2% of all the electricity consumed in Europe. This is the conclusion of the report, ‘Offshore Wind in Europe – Key trends and statistics 2018’ that was released by WindEurope this week.  15 new…

Belgium proposes 4 GW offshore wind and 4.2 GW onshore wind by 2030

During a workshop organised by EUFORES (European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources), in cooperation with the federal parliament of Belgium, the draft text of the Belgian National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) was presented. In this draft Belgium promises a total renewables target of 18.3% for 2030. For 2020 the country’s renewable energy target is…

February 6 marks Green Energy Day 2019

According to a press release by NVDE, the Dutch Association for Renewable Energy, today marks ‘Green Energy Day’ for the Netherlands. The Green Energy Day refers to the illustrative moment where a country has reached the point where the expected amount of renewable energy production for that year can cover the energy demand. After this…