Innovations

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…

A1 Offshore Solutions ApS and KenzFigee to work together on offshore access solution

Danish provider of offshore service vessels A1 Offshore Solutions ApS and lifting and offshore equipment specialist KenzFigee have signed a cooperation agreement to jointly offer a cost efficient and safe Walk-to-Work vessel solution. The Walk-2-Work solution comprises A1 Offshore Solutions’ offshore support vessel ‘Notus Express’, equipped with a Kenz Figee Active Motion Compensated (ACM) access…

Shell and CoensHexicon to jointly develop floating wind in South Korea

Shell and floating wind specialist CoensHexicon have signed a Joint Development Agreement to develop, build and operate a floating wind farm in South Korea. The wind farm will be located some 40 km off the city of Ulsan. CoensHexicon is a joint venture between Swedish Hexicon AB and South Korean service provider Coens Co, set…

Van Oord and Mammoet to jointly work with Verton on new blade lifting method

Van Oord and Mammoet are joining forces in a partnership with the Australian scale-up Verton to develop a new lifting method for installing wind turbine blades that could shorten the installation cycle times and make installation safer for operators. The company was scouted via the maritime and port accelerator innovation platform PortXL where Van Oord is…

Tower sections Haliade-X 12 MW arrived in Rotterdam

GE Renewable Energy announced yesterday that the four tower sections for its Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine prototype arrived at the port of Rotterdam.  The tower sections were produced by GRI in Seville, Spain, and left the production site on 11 June. The nacelle is currently being assembled in Saint-Nazaire (France), while its 107-meter long blades are…