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News & in-depth analysis and features of the offshore wind sector, including project updates, offshore wind technology, policy, vessels, undersea cabling and marine services.

Open-source 15MW digital turbine launched

Open-source 15MW digital turbine launched

Researchers have launched a 15MW reference wind turbine to help manufacturers assess performance and costs ahead of developing a prototype.

Norwegian oil and gas investor forms renewables group

Norwegian oil and gas investor forms renewables group

A private equity investor is bundling 20 oil and gas firms in its portfolio into a new industrial group to help them expand into other parts of the energy sector, including renewables.

EDF buys into 1GW Irish offshore project

EDF buys into 1GW Irish offshore project

EDF Group has bought a 50% stake in the Codling offshore wind farm, clearing the way for its clean energy subsidiary to develop the 1GW Irish project with Fred Olsen Renewables.

Offshore News & Analysis

Mayflower lowers US offshore to $58/MWh

Shell and EDP Renewables’ 804MW Mayflower Wind project will generate electricity for $58.47/MWh over its 20-year lifetime, marking a new benchmark for US offshore wind.

New schedule for delayed Vineyard site

Vineyard Wind has been forced to put back the expected completion date of its first 400MW offshore wind project after US agencies finally issued an updated permitting timetable.

Record offshore additions 'not enough for EU targets'

The record 3.6GW of offshore wind installed in Europe in 2019 is well short of the ambition needed to fulfil wind power’s role in the European Commission’s Green Deal, WindEurope has warned.

Trade wars hit Vestas' profit margin in 'busy 2019'

Vestas CEO Henrik Andersen warned trade wars and tariffs continue to hinder the wind power industry, as the manufacturer revealed its profit margin shrank despite a record-high order intake and increases in revenue and operating profit in 2019.

WindEurope unconvinced a post-Brexit trade deal will be reached

Trade bodies WindEurope and RenewableUK have published a briefing about the impacts the UK’s exit from the European Union may have on the industry, but said the timeframe of a reaching a deal during the transition period was “extremely tight”.

Offshore In depth

Windtech: GE's offshore giant combines proven technology with new solutions

At the official inauguration of GE's Haliade-X 12MW direct-drive prototype in Rotterdam on 17 December, Eize de Vries discussed main features, technology choices and challenges with offshore CTO Vincent Schellings.

Snapshot: SGRE installs 'flexed' 11MW offshore prototype

The prototype for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy's SG 11.0-193 DD offshore wind turbine is being installed at the Østerild test site in Denmark. When commissioned, it will join GE's Haliade-X in the exclusive club of double-digit megawatt machines.

Developing new grid solutions for offshore wind

Last October -- for the first time since the first power plant was fired up in 1882 -- the UK generated more electricity from renewable energy than from fossil fuels, an incredible milestone. And wind power is at the forefront of this increasing mix of clean energy.

How permitting delays are hitting US offshore's ‘pathfinder’ project

The US’s nascent offshore wind sector is struggling to stick to its timetable as it faces new permitting obstacles and opposition from the fishing industry. Ros Davidson explores the ramifications for the 800MW Vineyard project

Turbines of the year 2019: Offshore turbines

The sector moves into the double-digit MW zone for the first time.