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Germany’s auction awards DONG Energy with first subsidy-free offshore wind project

Source: Dong Energy

Federal Network Agency Bundesnetzagentur, German regulatory office for electricity, gas and telecommunications, accepted four bids for offshore wind projects in the North Sea, with total volume up for auction of 1,550 megawatts (MW).

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Global Wind Market Forecast (including offshore) predicts Europe’s capacity of 297 GW by the end of 2026

According to the third edition of FTI Research studies, Europe’s importance in world’s wind industry remains a key value. 

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Bundesnetzagentur launches auction for offshore wind farms comprising a total potential of 3,100 MW

Federal Network Agency Bundesnetzagentur, German regulatory office for electricity, gas, telecommunications, post and railway markets, launched a tender for offshore wind farms. Bids must be submitted until  April 3rd 2017.

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Floating Offshore Wind: a promising industry starting to rise in Europe

During FOWT 2017, floating offshore wind event held in Marseille, France, in which Open Ocean participated, WindEurope, an association which promotes the use of wind power in Europe, presented a promising statement about floating offshore wind in Europe.

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Vindeby (1991-2017): decommission of the world’s first offshore wind farm

DONG Energy, Danish energy company with a strong profile in renewables, decided to decommission Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm after 26 years of service.

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France takes next step on offshore wind power: 750MV to be produced on Dunkirk area.

On March 2017, France will reach the next step on offshore wind energy production by selecting candidates to a new fixed installation of offshore wind on the Dunkirk area, that might increase France’s production up to 750MV. 

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Ocean Energy ERA-NET Cofund: 18 million euros available to launch your ocean energy projects

A joint-call for transnational research and demonstration projects in ocean energy technologies will be launched on March 20th 2017 by Ocean Energy ERA-NET Cofund, under European Union’s Horizon 2020. A budget of 18 million euros will be available for winning projects.


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Offshore Wind: United States still have some work!

Welcome the United States in offshore wind world! The installation the first  offshore wind turbine as part of the 30MW project off the US coast marks a pivotal moment in the development of offshore energy. As a reminder the London Array is a 630MW wind farm and DONG develop a 700MW project off Netherland shore.

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Wind energy: A Low cost energy soon?

Last year the lowest cost ever offered for an offshore wind farm tender droped down to €103/MWh for the Horns Rev 3 farm in Denmark. It included the grid connection. In early July DONG Energy won the concession to build the offshore wind farms Borssele I and II. The total price offered was €87/MWh including the cost of the grid connection.

How wind turbine manufacturers do the reduction cost ?

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Wind turbine: bigger is better

This is the direction took by the major wind turbine constructors: bigger is better! Senvion, Adwen, MHI Vestas and Siemens, all of them are designing wind turbine ever larger. For now the MHI Vestas V184 8MW is the largest wind turbine, but 3 weeks ago Siemens Wind Power CEO Michael Hannibal teased a future generation of 10MW wind turbine.

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