• Carbon Trust launches global competition

    The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has launched a new global innovation competition to find and fund the development of innovative solutions to a challenge facing the offshore wind farm industry today: how to monitor the condition of subsea cables to ensure that they are not damaged during the load out and installation process. The competition aims to solve this challenge by identifying and supporting the development of novel condition monitoring systems for subsea cables.

  • Former MHI Vestas CEO joins Global Wind Service board

    “We are very pleased to have Jens join our board and look forward to his contributions,” said Lars Bo Petersen, CEO of Global Wind Service. “Jens is a strong wind industry profile and he has a thorough understanding of the market we are operating in. His experience from the OEM perspective and industry as a whole will be very valuable for Global Wind Service and our clients. There is no doubt that Jens can support us, delivering on our growth strategy.”   

  • Wind innovation in action

    Scotland’s energy minister, Paul Wheelhouse MSP (pictured), yesterday took a demonstration tour aboard the Sea Puffin, the world’s first 'daughter craft' based on Surface-Effect-Ship technology. This innovative design uses air cushion technology to dampen out motions in rough seas, enhancing comfort for crew and passengers. This allows for improved access to offshore wind turbines in harsh weather conditions, at the same time saving fuel consumption.

  • Wind win for Wales

    Scaling up offshore wind generation could help Wales meet its renewable energy and decarbonisation targets, as well as deliver local economic stimulus, says a new report out now. The report, Future Potential for Offshore Wind in Wales, produced by the Carbon Trust for the Welsh Government, delivers a series of recommendations to policymakers to capitalise on the clean growth potential of offshore wind farms.

  • Moray East Offshore Windfarm gets connected

    Pfisterer selected to supply grid connection technologies for the new Moray East Offshore Windfarm, set to provide green power for up to one million UK households.

  • Nexans to supply cables for 66kV floating offshore wind farm

    Nexans will equip the WindFloat Atlantic floating offshore wind farm with its 66kV outer-cone T-connectors.

  • Fred. Olsen Windcarrier awarded contract for Moray East

    Fred. Olsen Windcarrier has been awarded a contract by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for the transport and installation of 100 V164-9.5MW wind turbines for the Moray East project off the East coast of Scotland.

  • OWA launches open source benchmarking competition

    The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has launched an international competition to improve current wind resource models in the offshore wind industry.

  • The wealth of nations?

    Having a bit of a tidy up, I chanced upon a study issued in 2013 by the Adam Smith Institute, a long established ‘free market’ lobby group much cited by right wing MPs. The publication is titled Policy Study 403: Limits of Windpower

  • Transforming offshore wind energy

    ABB partners with wind energy operator to generate power at world-beating efficiency.

  • Carbon Trust welcomes record low strike prices for offshore wind

    The Carbon Trust explains why it has welcomed the announcement of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) Round 3 strike prices.

  • UK to lose offshore wind power lead to China by 2025, according to IEA

    The UK’s commitment to renewable energy has seen it rise to the top of the tables as the world’s largest producer of power from offshore wind farms, but it won’t stay there very long. According to the International Energy Agency, the UK will likely be toppled by China by 2025. 

  • Let’s hear it for wind power

    Just as Extinction Rebellion were marching through Central London, decrying the lack of action to combat climate change, something quietly momentous was happening in the wonderful world of electricity. 

  • Could climate change be benefitting the efficiency of wind farms?

    Wind farms are popping up all over the world in order to reduce the planet's reliance on fossil fuels and reduce the effects of climate change, but it seems that climate change may be having a positive effect on the efficiency of those wind farms. 

  • Siemens Gamesa’s Direct Drive wind turbines set to power ‘the Strength of the Wind’ in Scotland

    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has announced the firm order to supply wind turbines for the 448 MW Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind power project, being developed by EDF Renewables in Scotland. 

  • Siemens Gamesa installs its 1,000th Direct Drive wind turbine

    Siemens Gamesa has successfully installed its 1,000th Direct Drive wind turbine eight years after it first launched, saving approximately 29 million tons of CO2 emissions to date compared to fossil fuel generation. However, the company has noted that there are a further 1,000 Direct Drive wind turbines on back order.