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Looking to Asia for Offshore Wind Opportunities

While Europe gets all the credit for the rise of efficient offshore wind farms, there’s a lot of potential brewing in Asia — especially in countries that already have active land-based wind power. China has already built so many inland wind farms on land that it has more capacity than its interior population can use… Read More

Artificial Island Sparks Innovation In Wind Energy

A shallow patch of the North Sea is the site of an intriguing plan to reduce the cost and complexity of offshore wind farms. Announced in March 2017, the plan calls for the construction of an artificial island to form the hub of a massive network of wind turbines. One key advantage of a hub… Read More

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

Categories : Offshore Wind

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

Categories : Offshore Wind

How Marine Biogeography Helps the Quest for Renewable Energy

If you follow the evolution of marine energy like we do, you’re bound to see references to marine biogeography. We’ve come to see why marine biogeography will play a crucial role in the development of offshore wind and other marine-energy sources. The basics on marine biogeography What is marine biogeography, and why does it matter… Read More

Categories : Oceanic Research

Why Synthetic Cable Terminations Are Unique

  Synthetic cable is stronger than steel on a strength-to-weight basis, which makes it an attractive option in marine environments. The key challenge of synthetic cable is what you do about the attachment points, or terminations. Terminations can cut the tensile strength of synthetic cable by more than 50 percent, potentially defeating the purpose of… Read More

PMI Attends Subsea Expo 2017

The rebound in crude oil prices brought a measure of optimism to Subsea Expo 17 in Aberdeen, Scotland. With WTI crude trading in the low $50s per barrel — up from the low $30s a year ago — folks at the trade show and conference seemed hopeful that the worst is over in the oil… Read More

PMI Industries, Inc. Receives ISO 9001: 2015 with Design Certification

  PMI Industries, Inc. is proud to announce that as of January 16, 2017, it has been ISO 9001: 2015 with Design certified with regard to the design, manufacture and distribution of offshore, subsea cable hardware assemblies and testing services. PMI is delighted to serve our customers even better through the well-defined and documented processes… Read More

Categories : PMI Company News

Why Should You Consider Synthetic Cables for Your Marine Energy Project

Steel cables have unmatched strength and stability, which is why they’re so common in dry-land uses like elevators, construction cranes, and suspension bridges. But steel cables have troubles in marine environments: they rust, they sink, and they’re just hard to handle easily. Synthetic cables are showing up these days in a lot of marine engineering… Read More

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

Categories : Offshore Wind

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