Falling costs in Europe are prompting US. offshore wind developers to raise growth outlooks but faster deployment will require accelerated supply chain and infrastructure support, company executives said at the U.S. Offshore Wind 2017 conference on May 8.
Leading wind developers in the Middle East and North Africa are using mesoscale wind speed modelling and a range of atmospheric measurements to pick the best sites and technology setups, company executives said.
Siemens and technology firm Skyspecs are preparing to deploy new drones which use a combination of 3D technology and digital data capture to reduce downtimes and labor costs, company executives told Wind Energy Update.
Major operators are investing in repowering programs to profit from technology improvements ahead of tax credit deadlines and some firms are looking to repower after just 10 years of operations, industry experts said.
The growing involvement of Oil and gas groups in offshore wind projects will generate significant cost savings in installation logistics and along the full operational lifespan, industry experts told Wind Energy Update.
The 4 GW Plains and Eastern line from Oklahoma to Tennessee is set to unlock $7 billion of wind power investments and has received 22 GW of demand from generators and industrial consumers such as Kellogg’s, General Motors and Unilever, project developer Clean Line Energy Partners told Wind Energy Update.
Lower capital costs and installation efficiencies are driving down offshore wind prices but the UK's higher development and transmission costs will keep this April's auction prices well above Denmark’s 49.9 euros/MWh (43.7 pounds/MWh) contract, industry experts told Wind Energy Update.
The German utility has deployed a range of “Hands-on” supplier-operator partnerships to improve windfarm operations and greater knowledge-sharing between partners will generate further savings, Roland Flaig, Head of Wind Operations- Onshore Europe, at E.ON Climate & Renewables, said.
Statoil’s record offshore wind lease bid gives it access to the high-load New York market for its first U.S. project but a power purchase agreement will require state support due to the large capacity size and nascent installation network.