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24 03, 2023

Equinor and Polenergia complete seabed surveys for Baltic II and Baltic III OWF projects


For nearly eight months, 10 specialized research vessels and hundreds of specialists surveyed the bottom of the Baltic Sea, where the Bałtyk II and Bałtyk III wind farms are planned to be installed. The completed geotechnical and geophysical work is another milestone in the realization of Equinor's and Polenergia's offshore wind investments in Poland. Based [...]

23 03, 2023

International partnership secures funding to develop floating offshore substation


The international partnership combines two decades of experience from offshore wind and fixed-bottom offshore substations with strong competencies in marine structures. The aim is to commercialize a robust and cost-effective concept for floating offshore substations. Copenhagen/Esbjerg, Denmark / Oslo, Norway - Semco Maritime, ISC Consulting Engineers, Aalborg University, Energy Cluster Denmark and Norwegian-Swedish Inocean have [...]

23 03, 2023

The Danish Energy Agency has resumed the assessment of Jammerland Bugt Offshore Wind Farm, Lillebælt South Offshore Wind Farm, Omø South Offshore Wind Farm and Nordre Flint Offshore Wind Farm


On March 21, 2023, the Danish Energy Agency informed that it has resumed the case processing of Jammerland Bugt Offshore Wind Farm, Lillebælt South Offshore Wind Farm, Omø South Offshore Wind Farm and Nordre Flint Offshore Wind Farm. The Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities has, in dialogue with the State Aid Secretariat, now [...]

22 03, 2023

ZDS: Port expansion needed for wind power development in Germany

By |March 22nd, 2023|GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS|

The Association of German Seaport Operators (ZDS) notes the key role of ports in the expansion of wind power. With the German federal government's climate protection and sustainability goals in mind, it is calling for a more robust expansion of the necessary infrastructure at seaports. Angela Titzrath, chairman of the Association of German Seaport Operators [...]

20 03, 2023

Vestas acquires ST3 Offshore

By |March 20th, 2023|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|

Vestas, the Danish wind turbine manufacturer, is buying ST Offshore in Szczecin for more than 170 million.  The tender for ST3 Offshore in Szczecin has concluded with the sale of the company. This was the sixth tender since 2020, when the company was declared bankrupt. ST Offshore was a manufacturer of steel foundations for offshore [...]

20 03, 2023

Unique study: birds avoid wind turbine blades

By |March 20th, 2023|OFFSHORE NEWS|

Seabirds deliberately avoid wind turbine rotor blades offshore – that is the main finding of a new study that mapped the flightpaths of thousands of birds around wind turbines in the North Sea. Most importantly, during two years of monitoring using cameras and radar, not a single bird was recorded colliding with a rotor blade. [...]

20 03, 2023

Vattenfall’s offshore wind turbines to test sustainable food production


How can fossil-free offshore wind power and sustainable food be produced – all while improving the marine environment and biodiversity in the same marine area? This is what the new collaboration 'Win@Sea' between Danish universities, companies and Vattenfall hopes to investigate. Offshore wind is an efficient and fossil-free energy source, and in recent years many [...]

17 03, 2023

WindEurope: EU Green Industry Plan falls short for now


The European Commission presented its Green Deal Industrial Plan today. It consists of a Net Zero Industry Act (NZIA) aiming to strengthen the EU’s industrial base for clean technologies, a Critical Raw Materials Act (CRMA) to increase Europe’s capacity to source and refine critical raw materials, and more flexible State aid rules. As is stands [...]

16 03, 2023

Requirements for developers of offshore wind farms without state aid in Lithuania approved


According to the information posted by the Lithuanian Wind Power Association (LWEA) the government of the Republic of Lithuania has approved the requirements for developers of offshore wind farms without state aid. The tender should be announced by National Energy Regulatory Council on March 30th. The results will be announced in June-July. The conditions for bidders indicated [...]

16 03, 2023

Study: RWE and DNV to validate implications of long-distance “wake effects” from large offshore wind clusters

By |March 16th, 2023|GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS|

RWE and DNV have now agreed on a scope to conduct a large study assessing the impact of far wakes in offshore wind. The scope of the study asks DNV to validate the effects that RWE experts have identified. RWE models predict that large clusters of offshore wind farms could have far-reaching wind-shadowing effects, impacting [...]

15 03, 2023

RWE bets on education and close cooperation with academia

By |March 15th, 2023|#EduOffshoreWind, POLAND|

In the coming years, the renewable energy sector will be one of the most attractive in the labour market. RWE, as the leader in renewable energy and the number two player in the global offshore wind power sector, not only supports an array of educational projects but also strives to further develop the scientific potential [...]

15 03, 2023

Commission proposes reform of the EU electricity market design to boost renewables, better protect consumers and enhance industrial competitiveness

By |March 15th, 2023|REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|

Today, the Commission has proposed to reform the EU's electricity market design to accelerate a surge in renewables and the phase-out of gas, make consumer bills less dependent on volatile fossil fuel prices, better protect consumers from future price spikes and potential market manipulation, and make the EU's industry clean and more competitive. The EU [...]

15 03, 2023

EU electricity market design: Council and Parliament must stick to targeted reform


The European Commission has proposed a targeted revision of the EU’s electricity market design. It makes Contracts-for-Difference the new norm for supporting renewables investments. It also allows investors to sell their electricity via Power Purchase Agreements or directly on the electricity market. And it actively supports the growth of PPAs. The Council and Parliament must [...]

14 03, 2023

Windar Renovables delivers first transition pieces to Iberdrola’s second offshore wind farm in Germany


This weekend, the ship began the first loading of the transition pieces manufactured by Windar Renovables at its facilities in Avilés for the Baltic Eagle wind farm (476MW), the second offshore wind project developed by Iberdrola in German waters. The ship will load in this first shipment 10 of the 50 pieces that will be [...]

14 03, 2023

Ocean Winds 3rd Graduates Program edition has been launched!

By |March 14th, 2023|#EduOffshoreWind, OFFSHORE NEWS|

After two successful editions, Ocean Winds has started its admissions period for the 3rd edition of its Graduates Program. This consists in a two-year international program where 15 graduates will be part of an experience where they will have the opportunity to rotate between our different offshore projects or areas (twice) while enjoying continuous training [...]

13 03, 2023

Public hearing concerning the strategic environmental assessment of the plan for Offshore Wind Farms in Kattegat II and Kriegers Flak II


The Danish Energy Agency (DEA) calls for ideas on the strategic environmental assessment (SEA) of the plan for Offshore Wind Farms (OWF) in the areas Nordsøen I (Noth Sea), Kattegat II (Danish EEZ of the Kattegat sea area forming a strait connecting Baltic Sea and North Sea) and Kriegers Flak II (Baltic Sea). The signatory [...]

13 03, 2023

DNV officially authorized to issue certificates for offshore wind projects in Poland


DNV has been authorized by the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure to issue certificates for offshore wind farms and assembly of power output equipment in Poland. The certification will be executed according to Polish law requirements, reflected in DNV’s Service Specification ”Project certification of wind power plants”. “Poland is planning impressively rapid growth in offshore wind,” [...]

8 03, 2023

Ørsted joins Global Offshore Wind Alliance to help governments reach full potential of offshore wind

By |March 8th, 2023|OFFSHORE NEWS|

Ørsted becomes the first energy company to join the Global Offshore Wind Alliance (GOWA) to support faster deployment of offshore wind and create a global community of action. GOWA is a new global organisation that brings together governments, the private sector, international organisations, and other stakeholders to accelerate the deployment of offshore wind power. The [...]

7 03, 2023

The Danish Energy Agency resumes the processing of Aflandshage and Frederikshavn Offshore Wind Farm


The Danish Energy Agency reopens two projects On 1 February 2023, the Danish Energy Agency suspended the processing of 33 open-door projects pending further clarification of EU legal issues. The Ministry of Climate, Energy and Supply has now assessed that the establishment permits issued by the Danish Energy Agency in autumn 2022 for Aflandshage Offshore [...]

7 03, 2023

Important step for Skåne Offshore Wind Farm – granted Natura 2000- permit


The County Administrative Board of Skåne has granted the energy company Ørsted a permit for construction and operation of Skåne Havsvindpark in connection with a Natura 2000 area south of Skåne. Skåne Offshore Wind Farm can produce about 7 TWh of electricity, equivalent to half of Skåne's electricity consumption today. The County Administrative Board has [...]

6 03, 2023

Energy CEOs: Europe needs stronger wind supply chain and clear investment signals


The European Commission is preparing a Net Zero Industry Act and changes to Europe’s Electricity Market Design. CEOs of Europe’s leading energy companies say it’s essential to get the detail right in these proposals. Francesco Starace, CEO Enel: “The energy transition must accelerate if we want to deliver stable, secure and competitive electricity to our [...]

3 03, 2023

Industry association WAB e.V. expects high value creation potential for the North – if business models for green hydrogen can be created

By |March 3rd, 2023|GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS|

Study on hydrogen value creation potential from offshore wind energy in the North Industry association WAB e.V. expects high value creation potential for the North - if business models for green hydrogen can be created Bremerhaven, Germany, March 2023. The industry association for offshore wind and green hydrogen, WAB e.V., presented the study "Value creation potentials of [...]

3 03, 2023

Energy intensive giants are signing most PPAs in offshore wind power


Heavy industries and ICT sector signed most of power purchase agreements (PPA) with offshore wind farms in 2021 and 2022, as the European PPA market expect some further boost from the EU power market overhaul being drafted by the European Commission. A Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) is a long-term contract under which businesses are purchasing green electricity [...]

2 03, 2023

German offshore wind farms must be secured against acts of espionage and sabotage


A Russian ship wanted to spy on Dutch wind farms: What is the security situation at German offshore wind farms and what protective measures must be taken now to protect critical infrastructure from Russian espionage and sabotage? BWO Managing Director Stephen Thimm comments: "Offshore wind energy is part of the critical infrastructure of the Federal [...]

1 03, 2023

Installation of Baltic Eagle’s offshore substation successfully completed

By |March 1st, 2023|GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS|

Berlin, 23 February 2023. Baltic Eagle´s offshore substation topside (OSS) has been successfully installed. The operation was executed by Heerema Marine Contractors using the Thialf installation vessel. The jacket foundation had been placed on site in October 2022. The role of the OSS is to collect the electricity generated by the wind turbines and transform [...]

28 02, 2023

Higher cost and potential delay for submarine cable between Poland and Lithuania


Poland faces risk of building its part of Harmony Link at a price tag largely higher than initial estimates, as the only bid from Hitachi and Budimex consortium exceeds the budget by nearly 150%, Wysokienapiecie.pl website warns. Harmony Link between the Lithuanian and Polish electricity systems will enable electricity trade once Baltic States synchronise their [...]

28 02, 2023

Preparations are underway to announce a tender for the development of an offshore wind park


Preparations are underway to announce a tender for the development of an offshore wind farm without state support. The Ministry of Energy submitted for public consultation drafts of the Government's resolutions regarding the location in the Baltic Sea where a 700 MW offshore wind power plant park would be developed, as well as the requirements [...]

27 02, 2023

Decarbonisation of Ukrainian economy should be one of main priorities in post-war reconstruction

By |February 27th, 2023|OFFSHORE NEWS, OPINIONS|

"Russia's attempt to use energy as a weapon has highlighted the obvious truth that dependence on fossil fuels makes any country weak, vulnerable and dependent", says Galina Shmidt, Board Member of the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association and Vice President of the World Wind Energy Association, in the BalticWind.EU podcast on the first passed year of [...]

27 02, 2023

Visit of Dutch companies to strengthen ties with Polish counterparts

By |February 27th, 2023|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|

The Polish offshore market is becoming one of the most attractive places for international cooperation in the Baltic Sea region. The scale of opportunities and challenges is huge, therefore Polish and Dutch companies are looking for experienced partners to increase their competence and potential at the same time. The key to effective implementation of wind [...]

23 02, 2023

Robots and drones to inspect offshore wind farms

By |February 23rd, 2023|OFFSHORE NEWS, TECHNOLOGY|

Underwater robots scanning bases of offshore wind turbines and aerial drones checking their blades by air – this is a way to reduce costs of offshore wind farms operations using high-tech solutions. However, it is still unclear if robots, equipped with lasers, will be reliable and effective enough to replace human inspectors and manually installed [...]

22 02, 2023

ORLEN Group with new in-house capabilities for offshore wind

By |February 22nd, 2023|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND, PROJECTS|

The ORLEN Group company LOTOS Petrobaltic has equipped Poland’s first vessel with a drilling system for geoengineering seabed surveys at depths of up to 120 metres. As a result, the ORLEN Group will be able to undertake seabed surveys for wind power development supporting its own projects and providing services to external clients. The vessel [...]

21 02, 2023

More than 300 people and 17 ships investigate the Baltic for Baltica 1 project – see how environmental studies are going

By |February 21st, 2023|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND, PROJECTS|

Among the three offshore wind farms currently under construction by the PGE Baltica Group is Baltica 1. The project, which has capacity of around 0.9 GW and is expected to be operational after 2030, is currently undergoing environmental studies. It is being carried out by a consortium of Polish contractors - Gdynia Maritime University and [...]

21 02, 2023

Offshore wind experts assess Lithuania’s competitiveness in the global market

By |February 21st, 2023|LITHUANIA, OFFSHORE NEWS|

As Windmission, the most important wind energy conference in the Baltics, kicks off, offshore wind experts discussed the biggest challenges Lithuania is likely to face in implementing its first offshore wind projects in the Baltic Sea. The relatively small Lithuanian market and the uncertain regulatory environment were identified as the biggest risks. “Competition among offshore [...]

20 02, 2023

European Commission sets out rules for renewable hydrogen

By |February 20th, 2023|OFFSHORE NEWS, TOP NEWS|

European Commission has proposed detailed rules to define what constitutes renewable hydrogen in the EU, with the adoption of two Delegated Acts required under the Renewable Energy Directive. These Acts are part of a broad EU regulatory framework for hydrogen which includes energy infrastructure investments and state aid rules, and legislative targets for renewable hydrogen for [...]

20 02, 2023

EnBW and Equinor to jointly pursue German offshore wind opportunities in 2023


EnBW and Equinor announced on Friday their interest in developing offshore wind in Germany together “In a tough international field, we are delighted to be working together with a strong partner like Equinor and combining the individual strengths of the two companies to develop German offshore wind. EnBW is among today’s leaders in offshore wind [...]

16 02, 2023

Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment granted EUR 30 milion for project in Tahkoluoto


Suomen Hyötytuuli Oy was granted EUR 30 000 000 for an offshore wind power investment in Tahkoluoto, Pori. The investment project would involve two offshore wind turbines located in deeper waters than the offshore wind turbines previously built in Finnish waters. The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment has granted investment aid totalling €108 730 [...]

15 02, 2023

IEA report: The world is entering a new age of clean technology manufacturing, and countries’ industrial strategies will be key to success

By |February 15th, 2023|TECHNOLOGY, TOP NEWS|

Energy Technology Perspectives 2023 highlights major market and employment opportunities, as well as the emerging risks, for countries racing to lead the clean energy industries of today and tomorrow. The energy world is at the dawn of a new industrial age – the age of clean energy technology manufacturing – that is creating major new [...]

14 02, 2023

PWEA: Offshore wind power could meet as much as 57% 
of Poland’s total electricity demand, and local content could reach 65%


Poland's offshore potential is up to 33GW
of clean, green energy Electricity from the first Polish wind farm in
the Baltic Sea will flow as early as 2026. There has not yet been such a dynamically developing renewable energy technology in Poland, or even in
the world. In the Polish part of the Baltic Sea, preparatory work is [...]

14 02, 2023

Vestas unveils circularity solution to end landfill for turbine blades

By |February 14th, 2023|OFFSHORE NEWS, TECHNOLOGY|

Vestas is presenting a new solution that renders epoxy-based turbine blades as circular, without the need for changing the design or composition of blade material. Combining newly discovered chemical technology developed within the CETEC initiative, and partnerships with Olin and Stena Recycling, the solution can be applied to blades currently in operation. Once matured, this [...]

10 02, 2023

Baltic Power will start the main works for the construction of the farm in 2024

By |February 10th, 2023|OFFSHORE NEWS, OPINIONS, POLAND|

Paweł Wróbel, BalticWind.EU: Offshore wind energy is becoming increasingly important in Poland's energy transition. What is your role within the PKN Group in the context of the companies you manage, i.e. Orlen Neptun and Baltic Power? What is the role of each of them?
 Jarosław Trybuchowicz. CEO of Orlen NEPTUN and Baltic Power: I would [...]

10 02, 2023

BalticSeaH2 – Southern Finland’s hydrogen valley development project is progressing as planned


The BalticSeaH2 hydrogen valley project will develop the first significant cross-border hydrogen valley in Europe. The goal is to create an integrated hydrogen economy in the Southern Finland and Estonian region, which enables the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from various industries and the region’s energy self-sufficiency. The area is connected to the wider market [...]

9 02, 2023

Mette Cramer Buch, DEA: We’ve done a lot of investor dialogue in order to understand the concerns of the industry


Paweł Wróbel, BalticWind.EU: What is the history of location allocation for farm investors in Denmark? How does it currently look like for new sites? Mette Cramer Buch, Chief Advisor, Centre for Global Cooperation of the Danish Energy Agency: Historically, de-risking has been a focus area for the development of our tender model. It's been at [...]

8 02, 2023

MEP Morten Helveg Petersen: Denmark has yet to harvest the economic fruits of its visionary wind policy


On 1. December 2021, the first tendering procedure for offshore wind energy in Denmark without state aid was completed. It was widely celebrated in Denmark as it marked a milestone in Danish offshore wind policy - 30 years after Denmark constructed the first offshore wind farm in 1991. The current success of the Danish offshore [...]

8 02, 2023

CLIMATE CLASSIC POLAND GDAŃSK 2023: a rally for the climate like a peloton, everyone fights for our common goal

By |February 8th, 2023|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|

The Climate Classic Poland 2023 rally, which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of climate change and motivate participants to take action to reduce their carbon footprint, is starting in Gdańsk on the 28th of May. We talked about the initiative and the history of the event with volunteers Dominik Gajerski and Dominik Piotrowski, [...]

7 02, 2023

Ole Toft, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to Poland: There must be a strong political commitment to drive change and development


Paweł Wróbel, BalticWind.EU: What are the elements of the Danish formula for offshore wind energy success? Ole Toft, Ambassador of the Kingdom
of Denmark to Poland: Denmark has a long experience with the development of offshore wind. Many mistakes have been made along the way. At the same time, a number of useful lessons have been [...]

7 02, 2023

Denmark puts offshore ambitions at risk as it suspends processing of projects under the Open Door scheme


Most new offshore wind farms in Denmark are established after a tendering procedure, however, the Open Door procedure is also applicable. In the Open Door procedure, a project developer takes the initiative to establish an offshore wind farm of a self-selected size and location. In such a scenario, The Energy Agency must grant three permits [...]

7 02, 2023

Port of Tallinn and Utilitas Wind to cooperate on the development of offshore wind farms

By |February 7th, 2023|ESTONIA, OFFSHORE NEWS|

Port of Tallinn and Utilitas Wind have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim of accelerating the development of offshore wind energy in Estonia and the Baltic States. Cooperation in the development, construction and maintenance of offshore wind farms will enable new business opportunities while developing local expertise. According to Valdo Kalm, the CEO [...]

6 02, 2023

OX2 and the Bank of Åland plan a Mega Green Port project in Åland


OX2 and the Bank of Åland’s fund management subsidiary Ålandsbanken Fondbolag, which are developing the Noatun North and Noatun South offshore wind power projects near Finland’s Åland archipelago in the Baltic Sea, have initiated a feasibility study for the planning and establishment of a “Mega Grön Hamn” (Mega Green Port) with a location coexisting with [...]

3 02, 2023

Metsähallitus to lease water area to Tahkoluoto Extension offshore wind farm


Metsähallitus and Suomen Hyötytuuli have signed an access right contract by which Metsähallitus leases the public water area off the coast of Pori Tahkoluoto to Suomen Hyötytuuli for wind power production. The agreement is the first long-running access right contract for public water area designated for wind power production. “Suomen Hyötytuuli is a pioneer in [...]

2 02, 2023

WindEurope: Investments in wind energy are down – Europe must get market design and green industrial policy right

By |February 2nd, 2023|OFFSHORE NEWS, REGULATORY|

Investments in wind energy in Europe fell in 2022. Orders for new wind turbines were down 47% on 2021. There was not a single investment in an offshore wind farm. The problem is inflation, with costs rising at a higher rate than prospective revenues. Investors are also being turned away by unhelpful national interventions in [...]

2 02, 2023

German Federal Network Agency launches tenders in order to achieve 30 GW offshore wind energy by 2030

By |February 2nd, 2023|GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS|

The Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) put out to tender four areas in the North Sea and Baltic Sea with a total capacity of 7,000 MW for offshore wind turbines that have not been centrally pre-screened. "The tenders are an important step towards achieving the offshore expansion target of 30 GW by 2030," said Klaus Müller, [...]

20 01, 2023

Berlin mulls support scheme for industry with offshore wind electricity price as benchmark


As the electricity prices are soaring fueled by war in Ukraine and sanctions on Russia, German government is seeking ways to shield the competitiveness of its industry hit by rising costs. Berlin is reportedly working on a mechanism linking power prices for industrial customers to the cost of offshore wind farms. Although Berlin has introduced [...]

20 01, 2023

ARP and GRI Renewable Industries will manufacture towers for the offshore industry

By |January 20th, 2023|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|

The Industrial Development Agency (ARP) and a Spanish manufacturer of towers for wind power want to build an offshore wind tower factory in Gdansk. On 19 January, ARP Baltic Towers and GRI Renewable Industries concluded a joint venture agreement for an investment estimated at over €150 million.  The planned investment and cooperation with an experienced [...]

18 01, 2023

Less bird deaths thanks to innovative monitoring technologies

By |January 18th, 2023|OFFSHORE NEWS, TECHNOLOGY|

AI, cameras, radars, data tracking software and risk modelling can help not only to detect damages on blades, but also to reduce bird deaths on the offshore wind farms. While renewable energy brings enormous benefits to the climate, birds deaths resulting from collisions with blades of wind turbines remain a concern among environmentalists. “The rapid [...]

11 01, 2023

Gulf of Riga wind farm project to be split from Eesti Energia


Estonian government decided on splitting Gulf of Riga wind farm (Liivi), the most advanced offshore project in the Baltic States, from its to-date owner, state-owned power company Eesti Energia. "During the budgeting phase, Eesti Energia owned the project, but now that the activity has progressed and extensive environmental and technological studies are being conducted, it [...]

2 01, 2023

Hitachi Energy to provide electrical systems infrastructure for Equinor and Polenergia’s offshore wind farm projects in Poland


The offshore wind farm projects Baltic II and Baltic III, with a total capacity of 1440 MW, will be located about 27 and 40 kilometers from the port of Łeba. Under the contract, Hitachi Energy will be responsible for the design of the electrical system for both farms, from the wind turbines to the grid [...]

30 12, 2022

Poland will revisit its offshore wind potential

By |December 30th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|

Poland must have more potential in offshore wind energy than currently estimated 11 GW capacity, according to Climate and Environment Minister Anna Moskwa. "What we care about now is the re-evaluation of sea zoning plans, as Poland surely has more potential in offshore wind than 11 GW, and launching further proceedings (for locations permits)", said [...]

29 12, 2022

“Baltic Sea Offshore Wind – 2022 Summary & 2023 Outlook”: Kristian Jensen, CEO of Green Power Denmark


The year 2022 was full of events that are permanently changing the conditions for the offshore wind industry. We asked industry leaders and key policy-makers for their assessment of what has been achieved in the past year and what the forecasts are for 2023. In today's interview of the „Baltic Sea Offshore Wind - 2022 [...]

23 12, 2022

Detecting blade damage before it harms energy production

By |December 23rd, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, TECHNOLOGY|

Blades are essential part of wind turbines, which are susceptible to various damages caused by environmental factors such as lightning strike or a simple wear-and-tear process leading to corrosion, cracking, and perforations. Sometimes, the major cause of blade damage is undetected manufacturing defects. Regardless of the source of damage, if left unattended, it worsens with [...]

20 12, 2022

Eesti Energia CEO argues for linking Estonian wind farms with Latvia rather than building another A to B undersea cable to Finland


The energy crisis in the Baltic Sea region might be solved by generating less expensive power in Estonia instead of building another “A to B” link with Finland, according to the CEO of Estonian power company Eesti Energia Hando Sutter. In his opinion, another submarine cable in the Baltic Sea region should rather run along [...]

15 12, 2022

European Parliament backs boosting the deployment of renewables


The proposed law will accelerate the procedure to grant permits for renewable energy power plants including offshore windmills. Key changes voted by Members of the European Parliament on Wednesday 14th December: renewables go-to area - a new definition is added in Article 2 of RED II Directive as well as an obligation for Member States [...]

15 12, 2022

Bureau Veritas recognised by the Polish Minister of Infrastructure to carry out certification of offshore wind farms

By |December 15th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|

On the 9th of December 2022, Polish Minister of Infrastructure granted in its entirety Bureau Veritas' application to be included in the list of recognized organizations, authorized to carry out certification of offshore wind farms, in accordance with the Polish Law on Maritime Safety Act (Journal of Laws 2011 N 228 item 1368, consolidated text [...]

12 12, 2022

RWE joins forces with leading institutions in Lithuania to drive education on offshore wind energy


RWE has joined forces with leading Lithuanian educational institutions to accelerate the development of offshore wind energy in the Baltic Sea, based on education, research and knowledge transfer. Corresponding Letters of Intent (LoI) were signed with Klaipeda University, Lithuanian Maritime Academy, Klaipeda State University of Applied Sciences and the Klaipeda Paulius Lindenau Training Center. Signing [...]

9 12, 2022

Ground-breaking ceremony at Hydrogen Lab Bremerhaven: Focus on offshore hydrogen production


Bremerhaven – Senator Dr. Claudia Schilling and Lord Mayor Melf Grantz performed the symbolic ground-breaking for the Hydrogen Lab Bremerhaven (HLB). The HLB is being funded with a total of €16 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the State of Bremen and should be completed in 2023. Energy system of today and [...]

8 12, 2022

Kacper Kostrzewa: Project BC-Wind is being implemented according to the planned schedule


Paweł Wróbel, BalticWind.EU: The first projects in the Polish Baltic Sea, BC-Wind is one of them, attract particular attention. Their development shows what works well, and where there are barriers from the legislation side, supply chain preparation, infrastructure, etc. So - at what stage is BC-Wind? Kacper Kostrzewa, BC-WIND Project Director: BC-Wind is the first [...]

8 12, 2022

Support for companies investing in Polish offshore to be subject to inflationary valorization


The law freezing gas prices for residential consumers in 2023 includes a provision for the valorization of support for companies developing offshore wind energy in Poland. It was demanded by the industry due to rising inflation and project costs. Investors who obtained the right to cover the so-called negative balance based on the ERO's decision [...]

6 12, 2022

About the future of wind beyond economic competitiveness at the Gdańsk University of Technology

By |December 6th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|

Offshore Wind Energy Center at Gdańsk University of Technology is following up its series of open lectures with specialists from the wind energy industry. It is holding a meeting with Prof. Carlo L. Bottasso who holds the Chair position at Technical University of Munich, Germany, where he is the foundering director of the Wind Energy [...]

5 12, 2022

EU determined to secure its clean energy industrial base

By |December 5th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, TOP NEWS|

The European Commission is launching “Clean Tech Europe”, a new platform to strengthen its value chains for clean energy. The new Platform aims to advance the key industries that will deliver Europe’s clean and digital transitions. These include wind and solar energy, heat pumps, storage, grids and renewable hydrogen. The European Union is more determined [...]

2 12, 2022

In fear of China – will the European wind energy industry repeat the fate of the continent’s makers of solar panels?


CEO of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Jochen Eickholt put forward a thought-provoking opinion on Linkedin. Referring to the New York Times’ piece on the state of the European wind industry, he indicated that although people would think that the sector should be blooming in current circumstances, actually “it is not – and there many reasons [...]

1 12, 2022

SeaSapphire – new joint venture powered by Eolus and Simply Blue Group begins development of 4 floating wind farms in the Baltic Sea


The joint venture named SeaSapphire, powered by Eolus and Simply Blue Group, is commencing the development of four commercial scale floating offshore wind parks in The Baltic Sea –two projects in Sweden and two in Finland. Simply Blue Group, is an Irish blue economy project developer, developing pioneering projects in floating offshore wind, e-Fuels, wave [...]

1 12, 2022

Tender for the Baltic Power Contract Engineer Service


The Baltic Power Offshore Wind Farm (OWF) is a project under development, located in the Polish Exclusive Economic Zone in the Baltic Sea. The offshore location license covers a total area of approximately 131 km2 and the buildable area available for installation of OWF components is approximately 100 km2. Offshore export cable route is located [...]

30 11, 2022

Ørsted backs nature restoration in Danish coastal zones for the benefit of both biodiversity and climate

By |November 30th, 2022|DENMARK, OFFSHORE NEWS|

The Limfjord Council is heading a DKK 100 million EU project in Denmark aimed at restoring coastal areas, beach meadows, and shallow fjord areas. The fjords ‘Limfjord’ and ‘Mariager Fjord’ and the seaside area ‘Nærå Strand’ make up the framework for the 'Coastal Life' project, aimed at improving conditions for nature and the climate. Nature, [...]

25 11, 2022

Polish offshore farms to be secured against terrorist attacks

By |November 25th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|

Potential threats to offshore wind farms, ways to protect them, and legal aspects of the security of operation of these facilities are the subject of the analysis "Protection of energy infrastructure in the aspect of offshore wind energy development in Polish maritime areas", authored by Lieutenant Commander Tomasz Chyła, MSc, Eng., an expert at the [...]

17 11, 2022

Frédéric Billet: Launching offshore wind projects is a big challenge for the country and its economy as a whole

By |November 17th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, OPINIONS|

Development of offshore wind energy in Poland is the path to green, cheap energy, which will help greatly to ensure energy security and reduce the risk of energy poverty. Such a process requires long-term strategies, partnerships with the local community and collaboration with trusted partners. We have seen great examples of such collaboration in France. [...]

15 11, 2022

FWPA: over 13 GW offshore wind planned in Finland


According to the Finnish Wind Power Association’s (FWPA) half-year review of wind power projects, in addition to onshore wind power, potential offshore wind power areas are also of interest to project operators. There are currently 13 offshore wind power projects planned, with a total output of nearly 13,500 megawatts. More than 3,200 MW more offshore [...]

13 11, 2022

Linklaters: The wind of change for the Polish energy sector is blowing strongly from the Baltic Sea


For Poland, the Baltic has always been a window to the world. Today, it is also an opportunity for Poland to become independent from coal-based energy through the development of offshore wind energy in the Polish exclusive economic zone. This new industry could become the flywheel of the Polish energy transition, so necessary today. Stable [...]

11 11, 2022

Baltic Sea Transmission System Operators prepare to manage risks on electricity adequacy


The leaders of the Baltic Sea electricity transmission system operators met in Helsinki on 2nd of November to discuss the energy crisis in Europe and the electricity adequacy of the region.  The transmission system operators of the Baltic Sea region actively cooperate and share information on the security and the electricity supply situation in the [...]

9 11, 2022

Jakub Budzynski, PTMEW: Poland as offshore industry hub for the Baltic region


Polish industry has a great opportunity to permanently strengthen its position in global supply chains of the offshore wind energy sector. We are already a leader in the Baltic. The key to seizing this opportunity is to build competence, develop cooperation within a technical dialogue between specific sectors and companies - says Jakub Budzyński, Vice [...]

8 11, 2022

Mike Crawley, CEO Northland Power: One of the big drivers of growth will be the energy security concern


We spoke with Mike Crawley, CEO of Northland Power, on the occasion of his visit to Poland in October, during which the selection of Vestas turbines for the Baltic Power project and the construction of an installation terminal in Świnoujście were announced. The Canadian company he heads is one of the most experienced developers of [...]

4 11, 2022

GWO: Wind Limited Access Standard released

By |November 4th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS|

Global Wind Organisation (GWO) released the Wind Limited Access Standard. This new standard was developed to provide a minimum viable safety training for infrequent visitors to onshore and offshore wind turbine generators (WTG) environments when supervised by at least two GWO Basic Safety Training (BST) qualified persons.  The standard consists of two, three-and-a-half hour modules. [...]

3 11, 2022

Border consultation for Utposten 2 wind farm


Svea Wind Offshore, a Swedish RES developer, is launching consultations as part of the border-setting process for the Utposten 2 wind farm.  A meeting organised by Svea Wind Offshore will take place in Gävle on 21-22 November. The meeting in Gävle will include a general presentation of the project and information on the planned activities, [...]

2 11, 2022

Offshore Wind Poland conference on 16-17 November in Warsaw

By |November 2nd, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|

Offshore wind energy will accelerate significantly in the coming decades. It will be one of the fastest growing renewable energy sectors, especially in Poland. Poland could become the largest offshore wind market in the Baltic Sea with up to 28 GW of capacity. Experts will discuss how to exploit the potential of offshore wind farms [...]

28 10, 2022

WWF and Ørsted in new global partnership to unite action on climate and ocean biodiversity

By |October 28th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS|

A pioneering new partnership between WWF and Ørsted aims to advance offshore wind deployment that enhances ocean biodiversity, and drive a global shift towards addressing climate and biodiversity goals together. Climate change is accelerating biodiversity loss, as crucial ecosystems and wildlife are hit hard by the impacts of a warming world. The ocean already plays [...]

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