Innovations

MO4 and Seaqualize Offshore Wind Innovation Award 2019 winners

On 11 December the prize for the most innovative project in the offshore wind industry was awarded for the third time. During the Q-meeting of Van Oord and Siemens Gamesa, the audience of 240 wind energy professionals awarded Seaqualize with the public prize. The prize of the professional jury went to MO4. The jury of…

Marine Performance Systems winner Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge 2019

Marine Performance Systems was announced winner during the final of the Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge 2019 wich took place on 9 December. The company has found a solution for noise reduction during piling. For an interested audience their presentation convinced the jury the most. The three other finalists were Arc Marine, Witteveen & Bos and…

First floating turbine installation method to be used for Arcadis Ost 1

Heerema Marine Contractors, Belgian developer Parkwind and MHI Vestas announced today at the WindEurope Offshore Wind event in Copenhagen they will use their jointly developed first floating turbine installation method for the German offshore wind farm Arcadis Ost 1. The three partners worked on the innovative installation method over the past year. It is based…

KenzFigee wins first order for up-tower crane package

KenzFigee has been awarded a contract by US wind and solar operator Duke Energy Renewables for delivery of their innovative GenHookTM LT up-tower crane package. It is the first order for the crane specialist. The contract comprises the design and fabrication of the first new generation GenHookTM LT temporary up-tower crane package with a SWL capacity…

No priority for onshore wind in the province of Zuid-Holland

Last week, the province of Zuid-Holland presented her coalition agreement for the period 2019 – 2023. It was the last province to do so. The provincial council elections already took place back in March but was followed by a period of long negotiations. The new installed coalition wants to work towards a healthier and greener economy,…

Fieldlab Zephyros receives RVO funding for smart maintenance innovation project AIRTuB

RVO Nederland Topsector Energie has awarded a first project funding to Fieldlab Zephyros for their smart maintenance innovatieproject AIRTuB. This project for automatic wind turbine inspection and repair is one of several innovation projects aimed at optimising maintenance requirements for energy technologies. Fieldlab Zephyros is an initiative of World Class Maintenance and Centre of Expertise…

GE shows Haliade-X 12 MW nacelle

GE Renewable Energy revealed the first manufactured components of its Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine at the production site in Saint-Nazaire, France. Over the coming weeks, the nacelle will be shipped from Saint-Nazaire to Rotterdam-Maasvlakte. At the Maasvlakte the prototype will undergo testing to obtain the data required to receive its type certification—a key…

Evacuator Worldwide and Survitec sign partnership agreement

Survitec has signed a partnership agreement with Netherlands-based manufacturer Evacuator Worldwide for the global distribution rights to the pioneering emergency descent system, Evacuator.  The Evacuator is the world’s first fire-proof and panic proof emergency descent system designed to evacuate people from heights of up to 300m. It is developed for structures that previously relied upon rope-based…

Room for improvement artificial oyster reefs

First monitoring results of the artificial oyster reef demonstration project at the Eneco Luchterduinen offshore wind farm showed there is room for improvement.   In the autumn of 2018, in an area of 3 hectares, at water depths of around 20 metres, a structure of reef balls and cages containing adult oysters was installed at the…

Tower Haliade-X 12MW rises at Maasvlakte

This week, 3 of the 4 tower sections that will carry GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X 12MW wind turbine prototype, were installed at on Sif Group’s site at Maasvlakte, in the port of Rotterdam. The tower sections were produced by GRI in Seville, Spain. A fourth tower section will be mounted on the existing tower once…