Innovations

Conbit winner Floating Wind Technology Acceleration Competition

Mammoet’s Conbit operation is one of the eight winners in the Floating Wind Technology Acceleration Competition, run by the Carbon Trust’s Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (Floating Wind JIP). The competition was designed to address four key industry challenge areas, that need to be overcome to commercialise floating wind. The four areas were identified in…

Van Oord prepares its Deep Dig-It trencher for Hollandse Kust Zuid

Van Oord was conducting final tests yesterday in the Alexiahaven in Maasvlakte 2 with its innovative Deep Dig-It trencher.  The trencher will be used for the connection of the Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ) offshore wind farm, to be built 22 km off the coast of the province of Zuid-Holland. In 2018, TenneT awarded the Van…

Safe upscaling of wind turbines

Boltlife’s blade to hub flange connection methodology Wind turbine generators get bigger and bigger each year. As a result, the dynamic forces on a rotor blade during its operation become immense. These tremendous forces are transferred through the blade-to-hub connection, which makes it imperative that this connection doesn’t have any weak points. This poses challenges…

Tetrahedron receives UNIIQ funding for its next generation turbine installation crane

Rotterdam-based Tetrahedron receives proof-of-concept funding from UNIIQ for its innovative crane that can install the next generation large offshore wind turbines. This was announced during the PortXL selection days in Rotterdam last week. UNIIQ is an investment fund that aims to help entrepreneurs in West Holland in bringing their unique innovations to market faster. The funding…

65 million Euro innovation scheme MOOI announced

Today, the new 2020 subsidy scheme MOOI, Mission-driven Research, Development and Innovation, was officially announced in the Dutch Staatscourant. The new scheme, with a budget of 65 million Euro, is offered by Topsector Energie and the TKI Wind op Zee organisations, together with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). The MOOI subsidy scheme supports integral solutions that…

TenneT introduces innovative tender procedure for 2 GW offshore connection

Tennet will build two 2 GW offshore grid connections in the IJmuiden Ver wind energy area, something it has never used before. To ensure this innovative requirement can be achieved, TenneT has entered into a so-called ‘innovation partnership’ with HVDC suppliers. The innovation partnership is a tendering procedure in which TenneT, as contracting authority, can start…

KenzFigee launches new rope actuated knuckle boom subsea crane

Crane and lifting specialist KenzFigee launched their new knuckle boom subsea crane. This new generation rope actuated crane builds on proven technology but with improved features for optimized daily operations, safety and operability, without compromising to lifting capacity from approximately 400 tonnes up to 2,000 tonnes. For the new design, KenzFigee incorporated their clients’ requirements.…

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…