Innovations

TenneT presents North Sea Wind Power Hub to Dutch King and Queen

On 6 March, during a German-Dutch trade delegation meeting in Bremerhaven, TenneT CEO Manon van Beek presented the vision and current plans for a wind power hub in the North Sea (NSWPH) to Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands and Queen Máxima. “We are especially pleased and honoured by the interest of the royal couple in…

21 companies selected for PortXL programme 2019

This week, 21 start-ups and scale-ups were selected for the 4th edition of PortXL, a Port & Maritime Accelerator programme that aims to accelerate innovative companies in ports all over the world and build an ecosystem that creates value for all stakeholders. The 21 companies were selected from from around 1,000 entries. The list of companies…

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…

Matchmaking Day TKI Wind op Zee 2019

On 14 February 2019, TKI Wind op Zee (Top consortium for Knowledge and Innovation Offshore Wind) organises, in cooperation with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), the annual Matchmaking Day TKI Wind op Zee. Offshore wind is critical to a successful energy transition in the Netherlands. TKI Wind op Zee stimulates, connects and supports Dutch organisations…

First Haliade-X 12 MW to be installed in Rotterdam

GE Renewable Energy and Future Wind (a Joint Venture between Pondera Development and SIF Holding Netherlands) have signed an agreement to install a prototype of the Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine prototype in Maasvlakte-Rotterdam during this summer. The deal includes five years of testing and a 15-year full service Operation and Maintenance agreement. The Haliade-X 12…

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.” Wind Energy Magazine – No 4, 2018 – Text Jan Spoelstra During Offshore Energy 2018, from 22 to 24 October in Amsterdam, Vuyk Engineering Rotterdam…

Ampyx Power – Harvesting untapped winds at high altitudes

These are busy times at the office of Ampyx Power, the Dutch company that designed the Ampyx Power Airborne Wind Energy System (AWES). After months of design optimisation, the team of Ampyx Power is currently assembling their third generation prototype, taking another step in the process of bringing the innovation to market. And while doing…

MHI Vestas V164-9.5 selected for Borssele V

MHI Vestas was awarded a turbine supply contract by Two Towers Consortium, for the Borssele V innovation site, located 20 km off the coast of Zeeland and within site III of the Borssele Wind Farm zone. The Danish turbine manufacturer will supply two V164-9.5 MW turbines for the project. The 19 MW project has been…

Fistuca winner Offshore Wind Innovation Award 2018

Fistuca is the winner of both the jury and the public prize of the Offshore Wind Innovation Award 2018. With an innovative maintenance-free connection technology – the Blue Wedge Connection – the company convinced the jury and the audience that the current issues with bolted and grouted connections can be tackled. The other finalists were…