How Ice Could Impact Subsea Cables and the Great Lakes’ Offshore Wind Success

Ice hasn’t necessarily put a chill on the development of offshore wind in the Great Lakes of North America, but it does pose a significant challenge — both in the design of offshore wind turbines and the maintenance of subsea power transmission cables. Winter is a wildcard for the Great Lakes because the offshore wind… Read More

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The Cable Challenges of Saltwater vs. Freshwater for Offshore Wind Projects

The corrosive effects of saltwater on subsea cables and accessories are well known. Freshwater doesn’t have quite the same impact, but it still raises a range of issues for offshore wind developers. The saltwater vs. freshwater comparisons are becoming more relevant as offshore windfarm projects along the Great Lakes of North America — the largest… Read More

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Innovations Shrink Offshore Wind Timelines

There’s nothing quick about developing an offshore wind farm. It takes years of site selection, political and financial wrangling, environmental reviews, and careful construction to make it all happen. But those timelines could be getting shorter thanks to developments in the European offshore wind market. An article in IEEE Spectrum in June 2017 noted a… Read More

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America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Is Finally Ready for Prime Time

May 1, 2017, is the scheduled cutover date for the Block Island Wind Farm, whose five turbines will begin transmitting up to 30 megawatts of wind-generated power to the mainland power grid. The towers are arranged near Block Island, a tourist destination off the coast of Rhode Island that has about a thousand permanent residents…. Read More

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Analytics: Measurement Means Everything to the Future of Offshore Wind

Server farms are increasingly crucial to the success of wind farms — offshore and otherwise. Data scientists armed with cloud-hosted analytics applications and tower-based telemetry can track every minute in the life of a wind turbine. This is especially crucial in the rugged offshore environment, where storms, corrosion, sea life and everyday wear and tear… Read More

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Why the U.S. Should Embrace Offshore Wind

The first U.S. offshore wind farm is expected to go online by the end of 2016, ushering in what could be a new era of renewable energy in the United States. This is welcome news in a nation where land-based wind power has exploded over the past two decades, installing nearly 50,000 wind turbines that… Read More

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Are Cable Issues Undermining Offshore Wind Success?

Offshore wind technology gets better every year with more innovative turbine and blade designs. But no matter how well they design a wind turbine, engineers perpetually confront the unique difficulties of exporting electricity back to shore. Subsea power cables are built with the demands of open ocean in mind. Multiple layers of alloy and fiber… Read More

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Market Opportunities for Offshore Wind: What Does the Future Hold?

The future of the offshore wind market depends on where you’re standing. In Europe, the offshore wind market is so well established that new generations of equipment are replacing obsolete machinery. In North America, the industry is so new that it exists largely on the drawing boards of offshore-wind developers. In Asia, it’s somewhere in… Read More

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Challenges in the Installation and Repair of Offshore Wind Turbines

Installing and maintaining offshore wind turbines is an incredibly complex undertaking full of daunting logistical challenges. For starters, ships built to install turbines can cost $100 million or more. Stormy weather can delay installations and thwart repairs. Weather and erosion exact a long-term cost on turbine blades, and turbine engines must be painstakingly designed for… Read More

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Recent Offshore Wind Developments in the U.S.

Offshore wind in the U.S. got a nice boost in June when the U.S. government announced that 81,130 acres off the coast of New York will be opened to leasing for offshore wind power projects. Commercial offshore wind providers will have an opportunity to bid for leases they will need to develop wind farms in… Read More

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