1 07, 2022

K2 Management: ‘Slow down to speed up’ approach needed to hit ambitious renewables targets

By |2022-06-27T09:44:02+02:00July 1st, 2022|OPINIONS|

The European wind industry needs to slow down in its attempts to further drive down the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) and scale back on building bigger turbines. This, at least, is the view of K2 Management, a leading renewable energy engineering and project management consultancy, which believes that unless the inexorable push to lower [...]

30 06, 2022

Tomasz Lisiecki: The offshore wind industry is at its beginning and we are at the start of the training road 

By |2022-07-01T09:23:53+02:00June 30th, 2022|POLAND, TOP NEWS|

For the offshore wind industry, besides dedicated study programs and technical schools, the training offer is also crucial. One of the training centres in Poland uses VR (virtual reality) technologies. Tomasz Lisiecki, Chairman of the Board of the New CompetencIes Centre (NCC), comments for BalticWind.EU. The commentary was originally published in “BalticWind.EU Quarterly Country Report [...]

30 06, 2022

Construction of Aurora Line begins – a new interconnector between Finland and Sweden

By |2022-06-30T08:00:49+02:00June 30th, 2022|FINLAND, OFFSHORE NEWS|

Fingrid, Finnish transmission system operator, and Svenska kraftnät, Swedish grid operator, are jointly preparing a new electricity transmission line between Finland and Sweden. Construction of the 380 km long transmission line, called the Aurora Line, and the substations, that will be part of the project, will begin this year in Finland. […]

29 06, 2022

Waldemar Tarczynski: The University of Szczecin will educate RES market specialists in Poland 

By |2022-06-22T09:04:27+02:00June 29th, 2022|OPINIONS, POLAND, TOP NEWS|

The University of Szczecin attentively follows the changing energy market in Poland, in particular the growing role of the RES sector, which plays a key role in the energy transition. Prof. Dr. Waldemar Tarczynski, Rector of the University of Szczecin, answers questions from BalticWind.EU about the university’s plans regarding its educational path. He does not [...]

28 06, 2022

Port of Tallinn to build a new quay to service wind farms

By |2022-06-28T08:44:36+02:00June 28th, 2022|ESTONIA, OFFSHORE NEWS|

The supervisory board of Port of Tallinn decided to invest up to EUR 53 million to build a new 310-meter quay with a 10-hectare area beyond the quay in Paldiski South Harbour. The investment is co-financed by European Commission in the amount of EUR 20 million through the military mobility project EstMilMob, which aims to [...]

28 06, 2022

Małgorzata Sikora: Koszalin University of Technology provides a versatile offer of studies for the offshore wind sector 

By |2022-06-28T08:35:47+02:00June 28th, 2022|OPINIONS, POLAND, TOP NEWS|

Koszalin University of Technology is one of the Polish universities that wants to educate future specialists of the offshore wind energy industry. In an interview with BalticWind.EU Małgorzata Sikora, PhD, Eng., Professor of the Koszalin University of Technology, talks about the university’s plans, educational offer, and cooperation with companies in the energy sector. The commentary [...]

27 06, 2022

Piotr Stepnowski: University of Gdansk is committed to the development of the offshore wind energy sector  

By |2022-06-22T08:47:17+02:00June 27th, 2022|OPINIONS, POLAND, TOP NEWS|

The University of Gdansk (UG) is the largest university in the Pomeranian region. It employs 1810 research and teaching staff, who conduct education and research at 11 faculties for 24,000 students and PhD students. – The University of Gdansk treats the offshore wind energy sector strategically, taking into account the possibility of applying the results [...]

27 06, 2022

Giles Dickson: Biodiversity and renewables go hand in hand

By |2022-06-23T08:07:14+02:00June 27th, 2022|OPINIONS, REGULATORY, TOP NEWS|

The European Commission has published its Nature Protection Package.  The package implements the EU 2030 Biodiversity Strategy, part of the European Green Deal.  It’s also supporting the REPowerEU Action Plan, the measures to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels and accelerate the growth of renewables, which the Commission presented on 18 May.  The expansion [...]

24 06, 2022

Tomas Milašauskas: We hope to see more regulatory development to accelerate renewables projects

By |2022-06-24T09:10:27+02:00June 24th, 2022|LITHUANIA, OPINIONS, TOP NEWS|

2022 is a landmark year for the offshore wind sector in Lithuania. At the end of March, the Lithuanian Parliament gave a green light for the regulations necessary for the emergence of first wind farms in the Baltic Sea. The regulations are being adopted, while in the background the countries of the Baltic Sea region [...]

24 06, 2022

Marcin Łuczak: The basis for personnel education is a cooperation of academic and industrial centres

By |2022-06-24T08:36:26+02:00June 24th, 2022|OPINIONS, POLAND|

The Gdansk University of Technology is one of the Polish universities that educates experts in the offshore wind energy sector. Prof. D.Sc. of Gdańsk University of Technology Marcin Łuczak, from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Ship Technology, Director of the Offshore Wind Energy Centre, answers BalticWind.EU’s questions. The commentary was originally published in BalticWind.EU Quarterly [...]

24 06, 2022

Agnieszka Rodak: Investments in personnel preparation are the key to building a strong offshore wind sector

By |2022-06-23T23:12:41+02:00June 24th, 2022|OPINIONS, POLAND|

Investments in personnel preparation and competence development are the key to take advantage of the opportunity to build a strong offshore wind energy sector in Poland – said in commentary for BalticWind.EU Agnieszka Rodak, CEO of Rumia Invest Park. The commentary was originally published in “BalticWind.EU Quarterly Country Report Poland Q1 2022”. […]

23 06, 2022

Krzysztof Tomaszewski: The development of offshore wind industry requires secondary technical education 

By |2022-06-24T08:26:20+02:00June 23rd, 2022|OPINIONS, POLAND|

In the public debate on the development of staff necessary for the development of the offshore wind sector, arguments are most often voiced about the need to start new majors at universities. Education is also needed at the technical secondary level. Close cooperation of the Polish industry with young technicians is needed as well. Krzysztof [...]

23 06, 2022

Polish-Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry established in Riga

By |2022-06-23T07:58:48+02:00June 23rd, 2022|LATVIA, OFFSHORE NEWS|

The activities were inaugurated by the Polish-Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry based in Riga, which brings together companies, institutions and individuals interested in the development of economic relations between Poland and Latvia. Among the founding members of the Chamber is ORLEN Lietuva – ORLEN Latvija, a company planning investments in wind energy. […]

22 06, 2022

Jakub Budzyński: Effective cooperation between business and young specialists is the key to offshore wind development

By |2022-06-22T08:14:15+02:00June 22nd, 2022|OPINIONS, POLAND, TOP NEWS|

On BalticWind.EU we spoke to Jakub Budzyński, Vice-President of the Polish Offshore Wind Energy Society (PTMEW). We ask about Polish staff in the offshore wind sector and the state of their preparation. How many specialists are employed in the Polish offshore wind energy sector?  The commentary was originally published in “BalticWind.EU Quarterly Country Report Poland [...]

21 06, 2022

Wójcik: To overcome challenges in Lithuania is necessary to think about offshore wind as a regional market 

By |2022-06-21T10:04:25+02:00June 21st, 2022|LITHUANIA, OPINIONS, TOP NEWS|

Lithuania is mobilizing for the development of offshore wind. Mariusz Wójcik, Director Project Development & Advisory for Offshore Wind, Poland and Baltics in Ramboll Polska, in his comment for BalticWind.EU points out the challenges Lithuania is facing, the opportunities arising from the development of offshore wind in Lithuania and explains the aspects of financing wind [...]

21 06, 2022

OCEaN call for a strong EU Restoration Law

By |2022-06-20T08:24:06+02:00June 21st, 2022|GERMANY, OPINIONS|

NGOs, wind industry and Transmission System Operators (TSOs), working collaboratively in OCEaN, call for a strong EU Restoration Law with clear and quantifiable legally binding targets, as well as implementation and enforcement rules that enable ecologically-sound offshore wind and electricity deployment. […]

17 06, 2022

Baltic Power Forum 2022 – meeting with project stakeholders

By |2022-06-15T14:38:33+02:00June 17th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|

More than 60 representatives from 30 institutions that are or will be involved in administrative procedures related to the preparation and implementation of offshore wind farm took part in a meeting organized on June 7 in Gdańsk. The event was addressed to stakeholders from the public administration sector, local government administration sector and institutions involved [...]

16 06, 2022

Rytis Kėvelaitis: Key milestones in Lithuanian energy and offshore wind market

By |2022-06-16T07:45:37+02:00June 16th, 2022|LITHUANIA, OPINIONS|

Rytis Kėvelaitis, CEO of Energy Unlimited, summarizes for BalticWind.EU the first three months in the offshore wind sector in Lithuania. As he said, the key milestone is the adoption of the renewable energy law amendments regarding offshore wind.  The commentary was originally published in BalticWind.EU Quarterly Country Report Lithuania Q1 2022. […]

15 06, 2022

PWEA2022: Baltic Sea as North Sea. Poland unblocks wind energy development

By |2022-06-15T13:53:35+02:00June 15th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|

Once again the wind energy industry met in Serock at the invitation of the Polish Wind Energy Association (PWEA). The first offshore wind farms will appear around 2026, while a new investment horizon is emerging for onshore wind. Legislation lifting restrictions on onshore development will go into effect later this year. The PWEA2022 Conference is [...]

14 06, 2022

First monopile installed at Arcadis Ost 1

By |2022-06-14T08:28:46+02:00June 14th, 2022|GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS, PROJECTS|

Parkwind and DEME Offshore announce the successful installation of the first Arcadis Ost 1 monopile foundation. This foundation will carry the windfarm’s substation. The 2,100tons, 9.5m diameter, 110m long monopile is one of the biggest ever installed and marks the first of 28 foundations to be installed over the coming weeks. With the installation of [...]

13 06, 2022

Siemens Gamesa: Green hydrogen will ensure Europe’s energy security

By |2022-06-13T12:36:57+02:00June 13th, 2022|DENMARK, GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS|

One of the leading component manufacturers in the offshore wind sector, Siemens Gamesa, has published a white paper entitled “Unlocking European Energy Security”. The authors of the publication argue that the development of the hydrogen economy will not be possible without rapid implementation of RES. Green hydrogen is the key to unlocking energy security in [...]

9 06, 2022

First monopile installed at Arcadis Ost 1

By |2022-06-09T08:31:06+02:00June 9th, 2022|GERMANY, OFFSHORE NEWS, PROJECTS|

Parkwind and DEME Offshore announce the successful installation of the first Arcadis Ost 1 monopile foundation. This foundation will carry the windfarm’s substation. The 2,100tons, 9.5m diameter, 110m long monopile is one of the biggest ever installed and marks the first of 28 foundations to be installed over the coming weeks. […]

8 06, 2022

Metsähallitus examines transmission line route connecting Korsnäs wind farm to mainland

By |2022-06-08T10:44:49+02:00June 8th, 2022|FINLAND, OFFSHORE NEWS, PROJECTS|

Finnish state-owned company Metsähallitus will soon begin field surveys for the Korsnäs offshore wind project as part of an upcoming environmental impact assessment (EIA). The surveys will help select the most suitable route for a coastal electricity transmission line to Finland’s electricity grid. […]

7 06, 2022

Baltic RCC began operations. The center will coordinate the development of electric power systems

By |2022-06-07T10:48:37+02:00June 7th, 2022|ESTONIA, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, OFFSHORE NEWS|

The Baltic Regional Coordination Centre (Baltic RCC) has officially started operations in Tallinn. An executive was elected for this purpose. The purpose of the center will be to coordinate the planning of the development of electricity systems as well as some of the day-to-day activities of the operators to guarantee the security of electricity supply. [...]

6 06, 2022

Port of Klaipeda begins construction of infrastructure for offshore wind

By |2022-06-06T11:38:56+02:00June 6th, 2022|LITHUANIA, OFFSHORE NEWS|

The port authority of the Lithuanian Port of Klaipėda signed an investment agreement with Klaipėda Sea Cargo Company (Klasco). The agreement concerns the construction of port infrastructure necessary for the development of a planned offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea. Investment in infrastructure on the Smelte peninsula could amount to around €27 million. [...]

6 06, 2022

Rokas Masiulis: Litgrid as a transmission system operator has a very clear task in offshore wind development

By |2022-06-06T08:27:19+02:00June 6th, 2022|LITHUANIA, OPINIONS|

Litgrid as the transmission system operator in Lithuania plays one of the key roles in the development of the energy system, including renewable energy sources. Lithuania has ambitions for the development of offshore wind energy and is trying to implement them successfully. About the role of Litgrid in the process [...]

3 06, 2022

Kacper Kostrzewa, OW: The meeting on 9th of June is meant to be a conversation and answer specific questions from suppliers

By |2022-06-04T12:01:49+02:00June 3rd, 2022|OPINIONS|

Ocean Winds - one of the world's largest offshore developers - will hold a Suppliers Day for potential suppliers of services and components for offshore wind farms in Poland on 9 June 2022 in a hybrid format. It is an opportunity for Ocean Winds to show its key position on the Polish market and answer [...]

2 06, 2022

Offshore wind turbines will be larger and more economical than predicted

By |2022-06-05T17:23:41+02:00June 2nd, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS|

The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) research center leaned into offshore wind technology development. It has grown significantly in recent years. Leading industry experts predict that wind farms (onshore and offshore) will be much higher and more economical in 2035 than originally predicted. Forecasts of wind technology development are crucial for developers of [...]

31 05, 2022

Wind energy – way to energy independence of Ukraine

By |2022-05-31T06:01:48+02:00May 31st, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|

During this year’s edition of the most important event of the wind energy sector, WindEurope Bilbao 2022, we could not miss a discussion on the war in Ukraine and its impact on the energy sector. The European wind industry stands in solidarity with Ukraine, especially the energy sector. Dynamically changing [...]

25 05, 2022

Estonia to start processing 20 applications for permits to build offshore wind farms

By |2022-05-25T14:34:50+02:00May 25th, 2022|ESTONIA, OFFSHORE NEWS, REGULATORY|

The Estonian Consumer Protection and Technical Regulatory Authority (TTJA) has announced that it will start the procedure of analyzing applications for construction permits for 20 offshore wind farms. On May 12, the Estonian government passed the Estonian Maritime Spatial Plan, which gives TTJA the opportunity to carry out procedures for [...]

25 05, 2022

Foreign ministers to meet in Norway in first CBSS Ministerial Session since nine years

By |2022-05-25T07:29:27+02:00May 25th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS|

Ministers of Foreign Affairs and other high-level representatives from the Baltic Sea region will meet in Kristiansand, Norway on 24-25 May 2022 during the 19th Ministerial Session of the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) – its first ministerial session in nine years.  Organised by Norway, which currently holds the presidency of the CBSS, the meeting will be attended by the CBSS member states: Denmark, Estonia, [...]

20 05, 2022

Baltic Power seeks services and equipment supplier to build offshore wind farm

By |2022-05-20T13:49:45+02:00May 20th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND, PROJECTS|

Investor Baltic Power, implementing a joint project of offshore wind farm construction between PKN ORLEN and Northland Power, invites to pre-qualify for tenders for services and equipment used in the construction of an offshore wind farm in Poland. First, prequalifications will be conducted and then the interested entities will be invited to the [...]

18 05, 2022

RWE submitted 11 applications for location permits for wind farms in the Baltic Sea

By |2022-05-18T13:00:46+02:00May 18th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND, PROJECTS|

Poland is intensifying efforts to develop offshore wind energy. One of the elements of the process of building, and then operating, wind farms in the Baltic Sea is the procedure for obtaining the so-called location permit (PSZW – permit to erect and exploit artificial islands, structures and equipment for offshore [...]

17 05, 2022

How many stacked giraffes are as high as a wind turbine?

By |2022-05-17T21:59:20+02:00May 17th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS|

Kids need comparisons from their own point of view to understand complex topics. The children’s book “Wind Energy for kids” by Thomas Simons uses sizes and comparisons with everyday objects to explain the basics of wind power to children starting from pre-school age. […]

16 05, 2022

125 applications for concessions for offshore wind farms in new areas in Poland

By |2022-06-28T10:54:06+02:00May 16th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND, REGULATORY|

The Polish Ministry of Infrastructure has launched further administrative procedures for granting concessions for new offshore wind sites in the Polish Baltic Sea in 2022. There are 11 proceedings in total. The Minister of Infrastructure Marek Gróbarczyk informed that so far 125 applications have been received for licenses for offshore [...]

12 05, 2022

RWE begins a dialogue with companies about F.E.W. Baltic II offshore wind farm

By |2022-05-12T09:38:51+02:00May 12th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|

RWE invites Polish companies to a dialogue about the construction of the offshore wind farm F.E.W. Baltic II. In the first stage, the talks will concern the supply of services and components for the onshore substation of the F.E.W. Baltic II offshore wind farm. The general contractor of the substation, GE Power / PILE Elbud, [...]

11 05, 2022

Poland to reassess the potential of offshore wind in the Baltic Sea. The report will be presented this fall

By |2022-05-11T16:09:53+02:00May 11th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, POLAND|

Experts from Ramboll, KP Consulting, Gdynia Maritime Institute and Gdynia Maritime University, within a jointly formed consortium, will prepare a report on electricity production potential of offshore wind farms located in Polish Baltic Sea areas. A vision for the sector's development until 2050 will also be presented. The study will be released in October 2022. [...]

11 05, 2022

Norwegian Deep Wind Offshore starts up in Sweden

By |2022-05-11T08:34:12+02:00May 11th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, SWEDEN|

Norwegian company, Deep Wind Offshore recognizes massive potential and great opportunities in the Swedish offshore wind market and is establishing its own company in Sweden.  The aim is to promote and create local jobs and work with local suppliers to build a strong and robust supply chain for offshore wind industry. In the first phase, [...]

10 05, 2022

TSOs, HVDC technology suppliers and the wind industry join forces to build the DC grid of the future

By |2022-05-10T08:30:18+02:00May 10th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS|

On Monday 2 May transmission system operators, technology providers and the wind industry came together to formally launch the READY4DC project. READY4DC will create a community of experts to work out recommendations on how to plan and build an interoperable and expandable direct current grid in Europe. The project is supported by the European Union’s [...]

9 05, 2022

Seaports in Hamburg and Klaipeda establish cooperation

By |2022-05-09T12:30:49+02:00May 9th, 2022|GERMANY, LITHUANIA, OFFSHORE NEWS|

Germany’s largest seaport Hamburg and Lithuania’s seaport Klaipeda intend to cooperate more closely on developing and implementing joint projects and creating new logistics routes between Germany and Lithuania. In addition, Lithuania invites German companies to participate in the construction of an offshore wind farm near Klaipeda and to take advantage of the opportunities offered by [...]

4 05, 2022

SWEA: Permitting phase includes 67 TWh of offshore wind potential

By |2022-05-04T11:28:52+02:00May 4th, 2022|OFFSHORE NEWS, SWEDEN|

According to the Swedish Wind Energy Association (SWEA), a total of 67 TWh of offshore wind power is in the permitting phase. Projects for which permit applications are currently pending could be commissioned in as little as six years, but then the permitting processes will need to be streamlined and coordinated, the Swedish industry organization [...]

4 05, 2022

Simon Redfern: Poland is very much high up the list of countries where SSE Renewables see opportunities

By |2022-05-07T13:29:35+02:00May 4th, 2022|OPINIONS, POLAND, TOP NEWS|

Simon Redfern is a senior executive with over 35 years’ experience on a range of large, high-value infrastructure projects in the offshore wind, telecoms and offshore oil & gas sectors. For the last 20 years he has focused on the offshore wind from building the earliest UK Round 1 projects to consulting on a wide [...]

2 05, 2022

EOLOS Floating Lidar Solutions will perform parameter measurment surveys for an offshore farm in Lithuania

By |2022-05-02T08:55:25+02:00May 2nd, 2022|LITHUANIA, OFFSHORE NEWS, PROJECTS|

The Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania announced that the winner of the competition for the job of conducting hydrological and meteorological measurements for the first Lithuanian wind farm in the Baltic Sea has been announced. The parameter measurements in the Baltic Sea will be carried out by the Spanish company EOLOS Floating [...]

27 04, 2022

The Nordic Hydrogen Route in the Gulf of Bothnia region will be developed. Wind turbines play an important role

By |2022-04-27T13:05:34+02:00April 27th, 2022|FINLAND, OFFSHORE NEWS, SWEDEN|

Two Nordic entities – Gasgrid Finland and Nordion Energi – will launch the Nordic Hydrogen Route, the first large-scale cross-border hydrogen network in Europe. The companies are looking to develop pipeline networks that would transport the energy carrier from producers to consumers. Wind energy – onshore and offshore – will [...]

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