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Scientists at the Sea Mammal Research Unit at the University of St Andrews tracked 24 harbor seals and their behavior while offshore wind turbines were being installed on the east coast of England, in 2012. They predicted that half of the seals tracked received sound levels from pile driving that exceeded auditory damage thresholds. The results have implications for offshore industry and will be important for policymakers developing guidance for pile driving. A summary of the findings is provided below. The full paper can be accessed by clicking the links on this page.
The 400-MW Anholt offshore wind farm in Danish waters has restarted feeding electricity to the grid after shutting down a month ago because of a subsea cable fault.
An energy firm has pledged to press ahead with developing one of the world’s largest offshore windfarms off the Scottish coast despite a major setback of missing out on a Government subsidy.
This is the second time that the wind park has gone offline due to a cable fault. On September 30, 2014, the plant was shut down for seven days after the onshore part of the power cable short-circuited.
"The [International Union for the Conservation of Nature] feel that the wind park would significantly impact on visitors' experience and appreciation of the property in its wider natural setting ...They assert that the development would put the UK in breach of the World Heritage Convention. This would, of course, be a highly undesirable outcome."
After years of stop-start progress, the industrialisation of offshore wind is gaining momentum, but has many hurdles lying ahead. Screwing down the cost of technology, construction and operation of wind farms to a levelised cost of energy (LCoE) under €100 ($116) per MWh — at deeper-water, far-from-shore projects — would put fresh winds in the sails.
Dong Energy is to repair and upgrade all 273 blades at its six-year-old 209MW Horns Rev 2 offshore wind farm in Denmark. The Danish company said it would be removing the components from 91 Siemens 2.3MW machines and bringing them to shore to tackle the “retrofit” work.
Mr Chope said he wanted to stop further developments like the Navitus Bay wind farm proposed near his Christchurch constituency. He said: "This Bill ... would ensure such obscenities would not be able to be brought forward again in the future with all the uncertainty that generates for local people.
The turbines need to idle slowly when temperatures plunge in calm conditions to stop ice forming and to power hydraulic systems that turn the blades into the wind.
Burbo Bank project will consist of 32 extra turbines A wind farm extension will be built off the coast of Merseyside.
Developer RWE Innogy said it was in talks with a several potential partners to build the Galloper wind farm, despite shelving the project two months ago.
Northern Ireland’s first offshore wind farm has become the latest renewable project to be scrapped following a change in the UK subsidy scheme. Under the original plans, the £1bn project off the east coast of the province would have supplied almost 20 per cent of its electricity requirements.
Keith Anderson says company's East Anglia project is being scaled back and claims Government budget limits mean wind farms that do get built will be unnecessarily expensive
An open floor hearing on the proposed Navitus Bay Wind Park, hosted by the Planning Inspectorate. Jeopardising the Jurassic Coast's World Heritage status and posing a risk to navigation were among the concerns raised today about the proposed Navitus Bay Wind Park development.
Trianel’s 200MW Borkum West 2 offshore wind project in Germany has been hit by further delays and will have to wait until 2015 to export full power.
RenewableUK has issued a stark warning to the government over the future of the offshore wind industry, after RWE added another project to the growing list of schemes that have fallen victim to policy uncertainty. RWE on Friday announced it had shelved plans to invest in the Galloper offshore wind farm
The Scottish Government has granted permission for hundreds of turbines in the Forth and Tay that could generate enough energy to power 1.4 million homes. But representatives from RSPB Scotland and the Scottish Seabird Centre said they were worried about the potential impact the structures would have on marine wildlife.
Four huge offshore wind farms consisting of hundreds of turbines will be built of the east coast of Scotland after SNP ministers granted planning permission in the face of warnings about their “deadly” impact on seabirds. The developments in the Forth and Tay regions will be theoretically capable of producing up to 2.284 gigawatts (GW) of electricity, enough for 1.4 million homes.
German utility RWE Innogy has shelved the 340MW Galloper offshore wind farm amid mounting concerns that the project would miss the April 2017 deadline for the Renewables Obligation.
Vattenfall made the decision to decommission the project due to the high cost of replacing turbines and cables. Yttre Stengrund used five 2MW NEG Micon turbines when it was commissioned in 2001. Vattenfall said only one of the turbines is currently operational.