Wind Energy

523 MW of newly installed offshore wind capacity

 In the first half of 2012, a total of 132 new wind turbines were installed in European waters. (Photo: Katharina Garus)

In the first six months of 2012 a total of 132 new offshore wind turbines with a combined capacity of 523.2 MW were connected to the grid. Compared to the same period last year, this represents a 50 % increase. In the first half of 2011, 348.1 MW were newly installed.

Potential for development in offshore foundations

New concepts for the foundations of offshore wind power systems could improve the energy payback time of the turbines by 100 %. This is the result of a study by Cambridge University.

Norstec to boost clean energy of northern seas

Representatives of over 40 companies and organizations in the offshore industry met in London at the beginning of October for the first general meeting of the newly founded interest group Norstec.

Statoil and Statkraft acquire Dudgeon Offshore wind power project

The Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm will be developed next to the Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, which also was carried out by Statoil and Statkraft. (Photo: Scira Offshore Energy)

Statoil and Statkraft have acquired the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm project through the acquisition of all shares in Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited (DOW), a subsidiary of the UK energy company Warwick Energy Limited.

wpd begins operation of a wind farm in Croatia

 Ponikve is already the third wind farm which wpd has set up in Croatia. (Photo: wpd)

For wpd Europe GmbH, the Ponikve wind farm is the third wind farm put into operation on schedule. The wind farm is located about 60 km northwest of Dubrovnik on the Peljesac peninsula.

ITW has completed grouting at London Array

ITW Densit, a pioneer in producing ultra high performance cementitious materials for the offshore industry, finalized its part in the London Array project.

SGS Scheduled to Appear at Enertec 2013

SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, is set to exhibit at enertec 2013 in Leipzig, Germany on January 29-31, 2013.

New giants at sea

The first two 6 MW Siemens turbines at the offshore wind farm Gunfleet Sands. (Photo: DONG)

DONG Energy has erected two wind turbines, each with a rated capacity of 6 MW, at the offshore wind farm Gunfleet Sands in the UK.

Vestas juggles


The Danish turbine manufacturer Vestas is correcting their staffing levels at various locations. While the company is having to dismiss workers at its two American blade manufacturing plants in Windsor and Brighton, Colorado, they are hiring new employees in Pueblo, which is also in Colorado.