David Rennie’s comments around Hywind maintenance being a "lost opportunity" left me puzzled and asking the question as to whether or not he actually understands the floating turbine marketplace as well as he ought.
The demonstration turbine for what will be the “world’s largest” floating offshore wind development arrived off the coast of the Highlands over the weekend.
An animal welfare charity rescued a rare sea eagle found with a head injury near a wind farm on moorland in Lewis.
A turbine has been earmarked for planning approval near a popular castle despite concerns about its impact.
An energy firm has welcomed backing for its plans for a 250ft wind turbine.
A European tidal energy consortium has secured funding for the research and development of a potentially cost-cutting technology for tidal turbines.
Atlantis today confirmed one of its MeyGen turbines had achieved full power.
Technopromexport said the Russian unit of Siemens was "impeding" shipping of some of its gas turbine equipment for a power plant in the south of the country.
A floating turbine has been installed on its moorings for the first time at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.
Vattenfall is looking to fill 130 new positions in its wind energy business over the next 12 months.
Footage has emerged of a massive wind turbine which burned for hours as firefighters did not have ladders long enough to tackle the 100 metre-high blaze, according to reports.
A Scottish energy firm’s tidal turbine system has become the first in the world to deliver electricity to the national grid.
Deepwater Wind has proposed supplying Long Island with 90 megawatts of offshore energy.
The first phase of Orkney’s new fully funded community wind turbine scheme is expected to go live later this month. Farmers and landowners at 20 properties are set to benefit from discounted electricity for at least two decades as a result. Hamsin Wind is aiming to install over 60 single onshore wind turbines at residential and commercial sites across Orkney by the end of 2015 and is actively seeking applications from interested parties.
Donald Trump will take his fight against plans for an offshore windfarm near his north-east golf resort to the highest court in the land next month. The tycoon’s case will be heard at the UK Supreme Court in London on October 8. The Court of Session rejected Mr Trump’s appeal against the £230million European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC).
It is claimed in a new report churned out by the Centre for Policy Studies that renewables-based power generation subsidies have destroyed the UK electricity market. Author Rupert Darwall, a former Treasury special adviser, spouts that the costs of intermittent renewables are “massively understated”. He asserts that current UK energy policy represents the “biggest expansion of state power since the nationalisations of the 1940s and 1950s”, that it is “on course to be the most expensive domestic policy disaster in modern British history” and that, by “committing the nation to high-cost, unreliable renewable energy, its consequences will be felt for decades”. And: “To keep the lights on, everything ends up requiring subsidies, turning what was once a profitable sector into the energy equivalent of the Common Agricultural Policy.” In addition to their supposed higher plant-level costs, Darwall states that renewables require massive amounts of extra generating capacity to provide cover for intermittent generation when the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine.
Atlantis names Lockheed Martin as principal contractor to deliver turbine to MeyGen tidal power project
The majority owner of MeyGen, the world’s largest tidal stream energy project- based in Caithness, has extended a construction contraction with a global defence contractor for the delivery of one of the largest capacity single rotor turbines ever built. Atlantis’ new 1.5 megawatt AR1500 turbine will be built with the help of Lockheed Martin and is hoped to fulfil the company’s MeyGen project turbine supply obligations. The 18 metre rotor diameter AR1500 turbine, scheduled for delivery dockside in Scotland in 2016, will be one of the largest capacity single rotor turbines ever built.
Future UK Government budgets for offshore wind are unlikely to support Scotland’s ambitions to develop the industry, the first minister has said. Nicola Sturgeon has called on the government to act now to provide confidence to the sector by increasingboost budget allocations to allow offshore wind to be delivered on a far greater scale. Sturgeon’s plea comes after the results of the first contracts for difference auction were announced last week. The auction awarded 15-year contracts which guarantee a price for the power generated as part of the government’s plan to encourage renewable energy.
The Força Eólica do Brasil consortium have awarded Gamesa a contract to supply 42 state-of-the-art wind turbines to the three wind farms in Brazil. Gamesa will install the G114 wind turbines with a unit capacity of two megawatts (MW) at the windfarms and will be in charge of supplying, transporting, installing and commissioning 15 wind turbines for the Santana 1 windfarm.
A former Scottish political leader has been defeated in his fifth attempt to win approval for a controversial windfarm in Aberdeenshire. Councillors have upheld the decision to throw out Lord Nicol Stephen’s plans to erect two masts near Blackhills Farm at Cushnie. Campaigners said they hoped the verdict would convince the one-time deputy first minister to finally drop the proposals for the site.
GDF Suez has struck a deal with a community windfarm on the Isle of Lewis to buy all the electricity generated from it. The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Beinn Ghrideag windfarm is the first such agreement of its kind with a community owned renewable generator.
Cable production specialist Tekmar Energy has been awarded a major contract by VBMS to supply one of its innovations to the a windfarm project in the Netherlands. The contract award will see the company’s TekTube used on the Westermeerwind near-shore windfarm.
Atlantis Resources has signed a 10-year seabed sublease with the Fundy Ocean Research Centre (FORCE) in Nova Scotia. The sublease will provide Atlantis with a berth for tidal turbine deployment in the Bay of Fundy within the area allocated to FROCE under its head lease agreement.