World's largest wind turbines may double in size before 2024

Jillian Ambrose for Telegraph: The wind developer behind the world's largest working wind turbines has said the size of its giant offshore blades, currently in UK waters, will double again within seven years.

America's first offshore wind farm just shut down a diesel plant

Bobby Magill, Grist: America's first offshore wind farm just helped to shut down a small diesel-fired electric power plant on Block Island, Rhode Island.

Business Network for Offshore Wind Statement on Maryland Approving 368 Megawatts of Offshore Wind Power

Business Network for Offshore Wind Statement on Maryland Approving 368 Megawatts of Offshore Wind Power

The Netherlands opens massive offshore wind farm

Megan Treacy for TreeHugger: The long distance from shore has the benefit of being beyond the horizon so there is no visible evidence of it from shore but it also carries the benefit of harnessing the stronger winds in that area.

Block Island to start getting power from wind turbines

Mark Harrington for Newsday: Block Island on Monday will formally throw the switch on a first-time connection to the New England energy grid through a new cable to the mainland, and begin receiving power from the country's first five offshore wind turbines.

Gigantic Wind Turbines Signal Era of Subsidy-Free Green Power

Jess Shankleman , Brian Parkin , and Anna Hirtenstein for Bloomberg: Offshore wind turbines are about to become higher than the Eiffel Tower, allowing the industry to supply subsidy-free clean power to the grid on a massive scale for the first time.

Big Oil Replaces Rigs With Wind Turbines

Jess Shankleman for Bloomberg: Big oil is starting to challenge the biggest utilities in the race to erect wind turbines at sea.

Bidding ends at $9 million for Kitty Hawk wind rights

Rights to develop offshore wind energy in an expanse of ocean real estate 24 nautical miles away from the North Carolina coast sold for $9 million today in an auction held by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The winning bid was placed by Avangrid Renewables, which recently completed North Carolina's first land-based wind project.

PennWell Launches New Conference for US Offshore Oil and Gas and Offshore Wind Industry

There is a vast opportunity to make money by building offshore wind farms in the United States and according to Jeff Grybowski, CEO of Deepwater Wind, the offshore oil and gas industry already possess the knowledge, equipment and work force to tap into it.

Large-scale floating offshore wind power is finally here

Sami Grover for TreeHugger:  Offshore wind energy has been growing like crazy in the last few decades—so much so that there's even talk of serious talk of multi-gigawatt offshore wind farms in the US in the not too distant future.  But offshore wind has so far been limited to areas where the seafloor is relatively shallow, and where it's easy to build foundations for these gigantic turbines. Floating wind turbines are different. Instead of using fixed foundations, they are anchored to the sea floor using cables. And that means they can be located in deeper waters, opening up many more areas where wind conditions are favorable and concerns about views and/or bird migration routes are less relevant. Alongside opening up new areas for development, the other major advantage of floating turbines—once they are being developed at scale—could also be reduced costs.    Cont'd...

Making it happen: 2017, the year for US Offshore Wind

There is every reason to believe that the US will follow the same course as Europe and embrace offshore wind as part of a wider drive to decarbonize electricity generation. For example, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has enacted a law that requires its utilities to buy 1.6GW of their energy from offshore sources by 2027.

Siemens to build EnBW Hohe See as first offshore wind project with extended scope

-EnBW orders 71 offshore wind turbines including foundations -497 megawatts offshore wind power plant to be grid connected in 2019 -Site located 90 kilometers northern of German island Borkum -Grid connection via HVDC platform BorWin Gamma

Ramboll Environ to participate in ground-breaking study of offshore wind potential on US East Coast

The untapped offshore wind energy potential in the US is estimated by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to be more than 2,000 gigawatts (GW), nearly double the nation's annual electricity use. Yet the first offshore wind farm in the US was completed just last year off the coast of Rhode Island.

Massive wind turbine takes energy generation record

John Anderson for NewAtlas:  A behemoth V164 offshore wind turbine from Danish company MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has produced almost 216,000 kWh over a 24-hour period during tests at its site near Østerild, Denmark in December. In doing so, the 9 MW prototype – a reworked version of the V164-8.0 MW, which was initially developed in 2012 and launched two years later – takes the energy generation record for a commercially available offshore wind turbine. Since its launch in 2014, the Usain Bolt of wind turbines is essentially in competition with itself, largely due to its superior size over the competition. The V164 stands at 722 feet (220 m) at full height, with 38-ton blades that are 263 feet (80 m) in length for a total sweep area of 227,377 square feet (21,124 square meters) – larger than the giant London Eye Ferris wheel.   Cont'd...

Shepherd and Wedderburn act for Masdar in purchasing stake in Hywind floating offshore windfarm

Shepherd and Wedderburn has acted alongside lead adviser, Allen & Overy, for Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, Masdar, in a deal that sees Masdar acquire a 25% stake in Statoil's Hywind Scotland floating offshore windfarm.

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