Innovations

Offshore Wind Innovation Challenges announced

Offshore Wind Innovators, the initiator of the annual Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge, has announced the 3 challenges for the 2019 edition. Dutch SME’s and start-ups can submitt their innovative solutions for one of the challenges before June 10. Challenges 2019 – Deutsche Windtechnik is asking for a device or method to measure the present stress…

Van Oord and AdBm successfully demonstrate new noise mitigation system

Van Oord and AdBm Technologies have successfully demonstrated the new AdBm Noise Mitigation System (NMS), with support from TNO. Van Oord will be deploying the system at Borssele 3,4 & 5. The NMS system reduces underwater noise resulting from offshore pile driving wind turbine foundations. It uses special acoustic resonators designed and produced by AdBm…

Royal HaskoningDHV to design foundation for Haliade-X 12 MW prototype

Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) will design the foundation for the Haliade-X 12 MW prototype, the world’s biggest wind-turbine. GE Renewable Energy and FutureWind (a Joint Venture between Pondera Development and SIF Holding Netherlands) will build the prototype of the 12 MW offshore turbine at the SIF premises at the Maasvlakte in Rotterdam. The testing is done onshore for easier…

IHC IQIP invests in further development BLUE Piling Technology

IHC IQIP is investing in the BLUE Piling Technology, a way of driving piles for offshore wind using hydropower. It has decided to join forces with Jasper Winkes, the developer of the hammer with the BLUE Piling Technology. According to IHC IQIP, BLUE Piling is a logical step in the further development and growth of…

TenneT to deploy 2 GW DC connections at IJmuiden Ver

TenneT will be responsible for connecting 6.GW of new offshore wind between 2024 and 2030. This brings the total to 9.6 GW. Of this, 5,6 GW is linked using alternating current and 4 GW with 2GW direct current connections. TenneT will use its standardised 700 MW offshore grid connection for the Hollandse Kust (west) and…

Preparations underway for GBM Works’ innovative vibro-drill test

At the moment, Dutch GBM Works is working together with partners at the Maasvlakte to prepare a pilot test of their GBM Vibro-drill, a new, sustainable, and cost-effective method of installing monopiles. Founded by Ben Arntz and Nick Noordam, GBM Works developed the ‘Vibro-drill’ method that uses vibrating elements at the bottom of the pole…

Ørsted to install artificial reefs for cod recovery at Borssele 1 & 2

Ørsted and Wageningen Marine Research (WMR) are working together on a cod recovery project at the future Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm. The project includes the installation of artificial reef structures. In 2020, the first artificial reefs will be installed. From 2021 to 2023, WMR will monitor the ecological effects of the reef…

Vuyk Engineering – Installing offshore wind foundations while afloat

Foundations for the next generation offshore wind turbines will increasingly be installed with floating vessels instead of jack-up vessels. “We have already considered foundations that have never been installed before.” During Offshore Energy 2018, from 22 to 24 October in Amsterdam, Vuyk Engineering Rotterdam presented a new type of crane vessel for the installation of…