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.
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 ?
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.
EDF Energy Renewables is to build a new offshore wind farm off the coast of Blyth in Northumberland.
EDF said it would install the five turbines V164 8MW on concrete gravity-base foundations designed and built by the Dutch construction firm Royal Bam Group. Watch the video to see what is a gravity-base foundation.
It was in january 2016, Vattenfall's Yttre Stengrund wind farm has disappeared from the horizon in Kalmar Sound, Sweden.
Last week, at the Belfast Harbour Pre-Assembly site, the first V164 has begun building for the Burbo Bank Extension project. A mammoth for the windturbine sector!
In the first quarter of 2016, the wind turbine maker Senvion generated revenues of €364 million. The Offshore revenues were at €29 million, a 3.6% increase compared to €28 million offshore wind-related revenue reported for the same period a year earlier.
Arkona is located in the Baltic Sea, 35 kilometers northeast of Rügen Island. With an installed capacity of 385 megawatts, the wind farm will be able to provide 400,000 homes with renewable energy and displace approximately 1.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually.
Six weeks ahead of schedule, the 54 foundations of the Nordsee One offshore wind farm are already completed with the associated transition pieces for the installation of the tower segments. An important step for the €1,2 billion Nordsee One project.
Finland-based offshore wind energy developer, Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy, is going to develop a 40 MW wind farm the Gulf of Bothnia.