Marine Renewables

Funding to Advance
Clean Energy in Canada

The University of Victoria (UVic) is getting $2.4 million in new funding to accelerate clean energy projects. The funding is from the government of Canada and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation in conjunction with Seaspan.

An investment of $1.4 million will establish the Pacific Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery (PRIMED) at UVic. The institute will help develop and commercialize wind, wave and tidal energy technologies and help support the adoption of alternative technologies in remote coastal communities.

A $1 million investment will significantly advance the work of the green transportation research team at UVic’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems. The funding will move forward solutions for heavy-duty marine, mining and transportation sectors working to meet their greenhouse gas reduction targets and climate change mitigation goals.


Wind Energy Economical
For Ship Propulsion

Analysis from BMT has revealed that the wingsail technology pioneered by Oceanfoil could achieve an average fuel consumption and emissions savings of 14 percent on a mid-sized tanker vessel and up to 20 percent in certain wind and sea conditions.

The results put renewable wind energy for ship propulsion in a key role as the shipping industry seeks to lower its carbon footprint and save fuel costs.

The assessment considered a system of four Oceanfoil wingsails over the course of a year on a 183-m, 50,000-tonne deadweight Panamax vessel operating in the north Atlantic. The study identifies the thrust benefits for all wind angles around the ship and uses the average to define the Oceanfoil wingsail thrust at a given ship and wind speed.

Oceanfoil is in discussions with its classification society to obtain approval for its proposed advanced all-weather camera solution to provide enhanced bridge visibility that would ensure compliance with IMO regulations.


Dudgeon Now Powering
UK Grid

The Dudgeon offshore wind farm 40 km off the coast of Norfolk, England, is officially open. All 67 turbines at the 402-MW farm are now delivering electricity to the U.K. grid, providing renewable energy to about 410,000 homes. Dudgeon is a key part of Statoil’s strategy to complement its oil and gas portfolio with profitable renewable energy solutions.

It is estimated that the installed capacity of offshore wind in Europe can grow from 12 GW in 2016 to 70 GW in 2030.


MacArtney Winches for
Borkum Riffgrund

The Borkum Riffgrund Offshore Wind Farm 2 is located in the North Sea approximately 55 km off the northwest coast of Germany and is one of the world’s biggest offshore wind farms. It comprises 56 wind turbines and will power 460,000 homes annually.

MacArtney provided winches for the wind farm to pull both interarray cables and export cables into the substation that forms the heart of the wind farm, collecting and exporting power generated by turbines through specialized submarine cables.


Sparrows Expands Wind Energy Market Presence

Sparrows Group has acquired Danish wind energy specialist Alpha Offshore Service A/S. Already a supplier of capital equipment to the wind energy industry, the deal significantly strengthens the group’s operations and maintenance capabilities in the sector.

Alpha Offshore provides engineering personnel and inspection services to the energy industry, specializing in the delivery of operations and maintenance, and supervisory and commissioning services to onshore and offshore wind developments. The company will continue to be run under the same management as a separate entity within the Sparrows Group, ensuring operational consistency while providing access to a wider pool of expertise and resources.


Canada Funds Clean Tech
For Fisheries, Aquaculture

The government of Canada launched a program that will provide up to $20 million over four years to help Canada’s fisheries and aquaculture industries incorporate existing clean technologies into their day-to-day operations. Potential projects include helping fish harvesters convert their vessels to clean alternative fuels and reducing energy use on aquaculture sites. Clean technology and innovation are key components of the government’s approach to promoting clean economic growth. The Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program will provide funding to help a sector made up of primarily small and medium-sized businesses adopt innovative clean technologies that otherwise may not be possible.


Load Shackles for Tidal Energy Data Monitoring

Strainstall has been selected to provide two of its load shackles to increase the survivability and reliability of a floating tidal energy converter (TEC) platform for Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd. (SME). PLAT-I hosts four SCHOTTEL SIT250 turbines. Following installation of PLAT-I by SME, instrumentation and data gathering are being carried out for a project in partnership with Swansea University. Strainstall’s load shackles will be installed on PLAT-I to help better understand the effects of extreme conditions and fatigue loads on TECs.


Taiwanese Delegation Learns
Lessons from UK Offshore Wind

ODE, Northland Power and Yushan Energy jointly hosted, at Barrow, a delegation of civic leaders and industrialists from Taiwan on an offshore wind fact-finding mission to the U.K. The mission was led by the Chinese International Economic Cooperation Association and was supported by the U.K.’s Department for International Trade.

The group, comprising representatives from Changhua County and industry leaders from the engineering, finance and power generation communities, met with Northland Power, Yushan Energy, ODE and leaders from Barrow Council to discuss the impact that the Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm had on the Barrow community before visiting the Operations Support Base and traveling offshore to view the wind farm.

ODE was the principal engineering contractor for the Ormonde wind farm and is now closely involved with the development of the Hai Long Offshore Wind Farm in the waters off Changhua County, Taiwan, for developers Northland Power and Yushan Energy.

The Hai Long development is many times larger than the Ormonde development, but many of the challenges and opportunities are the same.


Final Turbine Installed
For Nordsee One 

Northland Power Inc. announced that the final turbine for the Nordsee One offshore wind project was successfully installed. The 332-MW offshore wind farm is anticipated to begin full commercial operations by the end of 2017.

Installation was completed and first power was achieved March 2017, and the project is earning precompletion revenues. Commissioning of the turbines is nearly complete and remaining construction activities will be finished in the coming months.

Once operational, Nordsee One is expected to produce an annual output of more than 1,300 gigawatt-hours of electrical energy, enough to meet the needs of approximately 400,000 German households. The project is owned by Northland and Innogy SE.


First Tidal Test Site Approved
For Cape Cod Canal

After several environmental studies and careful review by multiple agencies, the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative (MRECo) has received final approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to install the Bourne Tidal Test Site within the Cape Cod Canal.

Funding for the test site was provided by the Seaport Economic Council.

The test stand will be installed in a sheltered spot where access is exclusively via the Army Corps of Engineers’ facility (where fishing from shore is not permitted) and where it is far out of the navigational channel.

Water velocity has been measured at more than 2 m/s (4 kt.) on the maximum tidal cycle in both directions, enough to turn different types of tidal turbines to test their efficiency, power output, robustness and more.

Turbines of up to 3 m can be tested with vertical lift provided for easy access.

MRECo expects to install the platform in November and is accepting proposals for testing in the spring of 2018. 


OSIL Data Buoys for
Tidal Energy Study in Wales

Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL) has shipped a network of three 1.9-m data buoys to Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences for participation in a major project to study tidal turbulence at the Menai Strait in Wales.

SEACAMS2 is a project to assist the development of marine renewable energy in Wales that is run as a partnership between Bangor and Swansea universities and is funded in part by the European Regional Development Fund. The aim is to improve the design and effectiveness of tidal energy capture devices.

The OSIL buoys will serve as data collection platforms for ADCP instruments measuring currents and waves on the seabed that will transfer their data to the buoy via omnidirectional acoustic modems.

The buoys will then transmit the data to the project base station using the OSIL SBD Iridium satellite modem and will operate alongside other high-resolution logging current meters and CTDs.

The robust buoy platforms will be moored in approximately 50-m water depth in one of the most dynamic and turbulent environments in the U.K. coastline. The specialist seabed instrument frames will be secured at least 100 m away from the buoys to prevent acoustic dead zones from hindering data transmission.


Matchmaker Brings Supply Chain
Companies to Renewables Market

Potential enablers that will assist subsea supply chain companies to break into the growing wave and tidal energy sectors, and associated technological barriers to their progress, have been identified by NSRI (National Subsea Research Initiative). The findings, part of NSRI’s online Matchmaker database, reveal how U.K. firms can link up with technology researchers and developers to adapt their offerings and take advantage of the immediate diversification opportunities in marine renewables.

Matchmaker aims to connect organizations already active in the wave and tidal energy space to collaborate, solve industrial challenges and progress research and development activity. The themes are: operations and maintenance; subsea structures; installation; systems; health and safety; and environmental impact. Companies can quickly identify how they can support the wave and tidal sectors by selecting their specialties.


Call for Proposals for New
Applications of Offshore Products

The FORESEA (Funding Ocean Energy through Strategic European Action) program has launched its fourth call for proposals. The call aims to help developers of offshore technologies transition into the renewable energy space by developing new applications for their products. Successful applicants will receive support to test at one of FORESEA’s test centers.

Previous FORESEA calls targeted developers of offshore renewable energy technologies. The fourth FORESEA call extends the scope to technology developers in other offshore sectors, such as the oil and gas, subsea and shipping industries, which have renewable energy applications. The call is open until June 29, 2018.