In the spotlight - July 2011

POWER Cluster project finishes with a flourish

The POWER cluster project, which helped develop the offshore wind industry in the North Sea region of Europe, has recently concluded after more than three years of hard work. . Key achievements included organising a series of international business to business events which lead to more than 2,300 new business contacts and the award of contracts, as well as the production of two detailed studies.

One such event was a special conference held on 16th-17th June at OrbisEnergy, the specialist technology, innovation and incubation hub for offshore renewables in East Anglia, which was attended by Swedish officials and politicians. Delegates spent two days talking to key energy figures and discussing the positive social acceptance of offshore wind farms experienced in the UK, and in particular East Anglia. Read more

POWER Cluster project finishes with a flourish

The POWER cluster project, which helped develop the offshore wind industry in the North Sea region of Europe, has recently concluded after more than three years of hard work. . Key achievements included organising a series of international business to business events which lead to more than 2,300 new business contacts and the award of contracts, as well as the production of two detailed studies.

One such event was a special conference held on 16th-17th June at OrbisEnergy, the specialist technology, innovation and incubation hub for offshore renewables in East Anglia, which was attended by Swedish officials and politicians. Delegates spent two days talking to key energy figures and discussing the positive social acceptance of offshore wind farms experienced in the UK, and in particular East Anglia. Read more

In the Spotlight - May 2011

Cheaper offshore wind farms in sight

The Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy has published a report compiled by Deloitte indicating that the cost of building and operating offshore wind farms can be reduced significantly. The Deloitte report, based on the 2010 tender for Anholt Offshore Wind Farm, is an analysis of how competition in the offshore wind power area can be increased, and a lower consumer price achieved. Deloitte forecasts that the price for building and operating offshore wind farms, despite the increasing demand for offshore wind turbines, can be cut by between 25% and 30% by 2020, given the right framework guidelines and tender conditions.

Find the English summary and background reports here.

Cheaper offshore wind farms in sight

The Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy has published a report compiled by Deloitte indicating that the cost of building and operating offshore wind farms can be reduced significantly. The Deloitte report, based on the 2010 tender for Anholt Offshore Wind Farm, is an analysis of how competition in the offshore wind power area can be increased, and a lower consumer price achieved. Deloitte forecasts that the price for building and operating offshore wind farms, despite the increasing demand for offshore wind turbines, can be cut by between 25% and 30% by 2020, given the right framework guidelines and tender conditions.

Find the English summary and background reports here.

In the Spotlight - February 2011

ForWind, University of Oldenburg, to offer Continuing Studies Programme in Offshore Wind Energy

The Continuing Studies Programme in Offshore Wind Energy is designed to serve as professional development programme for high potentials, experts and managers in offshore wind energy. Besides learning up-to-date know-how participants get trained in international project management, and they become part of an expert network. Read more

 

KPMG Germany study report “Offshore Wind in Europe”

“Offshore Wind in Europe 2010” is an update of a previous analysis of the German and European offshore wind energy market development and underlying economics which was done by KPMG in 2007. Since then, offshore wind grew up from infancy. The study was initiated and supported by the POWER cluster project partner German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation (GOWEF). GOWEF asked KPMG to analyze whether Germany’s current legal framework is suitable to allow for ongoing financing and profitable operation of offshore wind projects, also compared with other European markets, notably the UK.

The report addresses the most significant obstacles to implementing projects in Germany, namely financing. It also highlights possibilities for building an even more attractive framework for the industry’s future development. Therefore, SOW has urged German politics to take the insights from the report into account when revising the EEG (Renewable Energy Act) during 2011.

The study report was launched on the 16th of September 2010, KPMG Germany released its latest report ‘Offshore Wind in Europe’. It was on the same occasion when the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation its 5th anniversary in Berlin.

A German and English version of the report is available on the websites of GOWEF and POWER cluster (only in English).

 

Denmark can create 47,000 new jobs in the green offshore industry

With the right investments, Denmark could create 47,000 new jobs over the next decade, says new report from the Alliance for Offshore Renewables. Danish companies now accounts for approximately 90% of the worldwide market for offshore wind turbines, and Danish companies have been involved in the installation of all existing wind farms in the world.

"We have a knowledge and experience that no one else can match, and the market is growing explosively. But we also see that other countries - England, Holland, Belgium and Germany in the lead - are investing heavily in green energy offshore. If we are to retain just a part of the market, Denmark must invest more in research, innovation, test and demonstration facilities, electricity infrastructure and education, "says Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, president of the Alliance for Offshore Renewables.

Read the report summary here

 

dena Grid Study II - Remodeling the energy system

Germany and Europe have set the course for a fundamental remodeling of the energy supply system. The focus is on climate protection, security of supply and economic viability within a deregulated European energy market. This is closely related to the accelerated pace of expansion in the use of renewable energy sources. With its broad system approach, dena Grid Study II describes new ways of developing Germany’s integrated grid with regard to the expansion of renewable energy sources and taking not only an economically optimized conventional power generation system but also European power trading into account.

Read the English dena Grid Study II flyer here

 

Denmark - Wind Power Hub

The Danish wind industry is unique in many ways. A proud history of being first mover in both onshore and offshore wind energy has made us front runner in innovative wind solutions that are in demand all over the world. These solutions have created the backbone in the energy system, with almost 25% of the electricity supply consisting of wind energy. A penetration rate unmatched by any other country.

However, the Danish wind power hub has even greater ambitions for the future and aims to draw on the qualities in the unique supply chain to fulfill them. Invest in Denmark and the Danish Wind Industry Association (DWIA) have published a brochure “Denmark – Wind Power Hub” focusing on the wind industry and some of the challenges that lie ahead on the road to 50% wind energy in the energy system by 2020.

“Denmark – Wind Power Hub” introduces some of the key competencies in the wind industry and the activities of our many members to make sure we will remain global leader in wind energy as well as function as incubator for new innovative system solutions that aim to cut cost of energy.

The brochure portrays developments in the supply chain with many key competencies clustered within a 200 km radius. It also tells the story of how wind energy is integrated into the energy system and the necessary steps to reach 50%.

Danish companies have a 90% market share offshore and the brochure highlights some of the close networks between educational institutions and companies in the pursuit of finding tomorrows talents in the industry. “Denmark – Wind Power Hub” also lists the Danish test and demonstration facilities necessary to deliver tomorrow’s technological solutions.

Read the brochure here 

 

POWER cluster is RegioStars 2011 Award Finalist

The jury for the RegioStars 2011 Awards has chosen the POWER cluster project as a RegioStars 2011 Finalist. The Managing Body and the Project Manager of finalist projects will be invited to attend the RegioStars Awards ceremony currently scheduled for 23 June 2011 in Brussels. More information on this and the Regions for Economic Change conference will be sent in Early 2011. Meanwhile, all available information about the two events is available on the following websites: RegioStars 2011 and Regions for Economic Change conference.

 

Overcoming Offshore Wind Challenges

POWER cluster commissioned a study entitled: “Overcoming challenges for the offshore wind industry and learning from the oil and gas industry”. The study focused on how some of the challenges facing the offshore wind industry can be overcome and includes a detailed analysis of what can be learned from the oil and gas industry. Some of the key findings in the study include:

Safety

Safety, how it is maintained and improved, is a very important issue and particularly important in an offshore environment where there are more risks and it is more difficult to get help if an accident occurs.

The offshore oil and gas industry has faced these challenges for more than forty years and has developed safe systems of work and methods to ensure that these systems are constantly reviewed and updated in the light of the experience gained during operations. This experience is available for the offshore wind industry to adopt and adapt.

Reducing Cost

The perception that offshore wind can’t afford oil and gas prices is at best, only partly correct. The offshore oil and gas industry is highly competitive and has successfully addressed cost reductions through pan industry initiatives.

The prices charged by oil and gas service companies reflect the cost of the ability to work in the North Sea all year round and the typically “one off” nature of the oil and gas industry.

Several offshore wind projects have already suffered major delays and additional cost by selecting “cheap” solutions and have had to change to more appropriate vessels and procedures during the installation phase, indicating that the offshore wind industry has, in this area, not been willing to learn from the oil and gas industry.

However, there is no logical reason why the repetitive nature of designing, manufacturing and installing offshore wind farms should not result in significant cost savings.

The study was led by Natural Power.

Read the full study here

For further information please contact:
David Wood, business@power-cluster.net
Project Manager, Suffolk County Council 

ForWind, University of Oldenburg, to offer Continuing Studies Programme in Offshore Wind Energy

The Continuing Studies Programme in Offshore Wind Energy is designed to serve as professional development programme for high potentials, experts and managers in offshore wind energy. Besides learning up-to-date know-how participants get trained in international project management, and they become part of an expert network. Read more

 

KPMG Germany study report “Offshore Wind in Europe”

“Offshore Wind in Europe 2010” is an update of a previous analysis of the German and European offshore wind energy market development and underlying economics which was done by KPMG in 2007. Since then, offshore wind grew up from infancy. The study was initiated and supported by the POWER cluster project partner German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation (GOWEF). GOWEF asked KPMG to analyze whether Germany’s current legal framework is suitable to allow for ongoing financing and profitable operation of offshore wind projects, also compared with other European markets, notably the UK.

The report addresses the most significant obstacles to implementing projects in Germany, namely financing. It also highlights possibilities for building an even more attractive framework for the industry’s future development. Therefore, SOW has urged German politics to take the insights from the report into account when revising the EEG (Renewable Energy Act) during 2011.

The study report was launched on the 16th of September 2010, KPMG Germany released its latest report ‘Offshore Wind in Europe’. It was on the same occasion when the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation its 5th anniversary in Berlin.

A German and English version of the report is available on the websites of GOWEF and POWER cluster (only in English).

 

Denmark can create 47,000 new jobs in the green offshore industry

With the right investments, Denmark could create 47,000 new jobs over the next decade, says new report from the Alliance for Offshore Renewables. Danish companies now accounts for approximately 90% of the worldwide market for offshore wind turbines, and Danish companies have been involved in the installation of all existing wind farms in the world.

"We have a knowledge and experience that no one else can match, and the market is growing explosively. But we also see that other countries - England, Holland, Belgium and Germany in the lead - are investing heavily in green energy offshore. If we are to retain just a part of the market, Denmark must invest more in research, innovation, test and demonstration facilities, electricity infrastructure and education, "says Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, president of the Alliance for Offshore Renewables.

Read the report summary here

 

dena Grid Study II - Remodeling the energy system

Germany and Europe have set the course for a fundamental remodeling of the energy supply system. The focus is on climate protection, security of supply and economic viability within a deregulated European energy market. This is closely related to the accelerated pace of expansion in the use of renewable energy sources. With its broad system approach, dena Grid Study II describes new ways of developing Germany’s integrated grid with regard to the expansion of renewable energy sources and taking not only an economically optimized conventional power generation system but also European power trading into account.

Read the English dena Grid Study II flyer here

 

Denmark - Wind Power Hub

The Danish wind industry is unique in many ways. A proud history of being first mover in both onshore and offshore wind energy has made us front runner in innovative wind solutions that are in demand all over the world. These solutions have created the backbone in the energy system, with almost 25% of the electricity supply consisting of wind energy. A penetration rate unmatched by any other country.

However, the Danish wind power hub has even greater ambitions for the future and aims to draw on the qualities in the unique supply chain to fulfill them. Invest in Denmark and the Danish Wind Industry Association (DWIA) have published a brochure “Denmark – Wind Power Hub” focusing on the wind industry and some of the challenges that lie ahead on the road to 50% wind energy in the energy system by 2020.

“Denmark – Wind Power Hub” introduces some of the key competencies in the wind industry and the activities of our many members to make sure we will remain global leader in wind energy as well as function as incubator for new innovative system solutions that aim to cut cost of energy.

The brochure portrays developments in the supply chain with many key competencies clustered within a 200 km radius. It also tells the story of how wind energy is integrated into the energy system and the necessary steps to reach 50%.

Danish companies have a 90% market share offshore and the brochure highlights some of the close networks between educational institutions and companies in the pursuit of finding tomorrows talents in the industry. “Denmark – Wind Power Hub” also lists the Danish test and demonstration facilities necessary to deliver tomorrow’s technological solutions.

Read the brochure here 

 

POWER cluster is RegioStars 2011 Award Finalist

The jury for the RegioStars 2011 Awards has chosen the POWER cluster project as a RegioStars 2011 Finalist. The Managing Body and the Project Manager of finalist projects will be invited to attend the RegioStars Awards ceremony currently scheduled for 23 June 2011 in Brussels. More information on this and the Regions for Economic Change conference will be sent in Early 2011. Meanwhile, all available information about the two events is available on the following websites: RegioStars 2011 and Regions for Economic Change conference.

 

Overcoming Offshore Wind Challenges

POWER cluster commissioned a study entitled: “Overcoming challenges for the offshore wind industry and learning from the oil and gas industry”. The study focused on how some of the challenges facing the offshore wind industry can be overcome and includes a detailed analysis of what can be learned from the oil and gas industry. Some of the key findings in the study include:

Safety

Safety, how it is maintained and improved, is a very important issue and particularly important in an offshore environment where there are more risks and it is more difficult to get help if an accident occurs.

The offshore oil and gas industry has faced these challenges for more than forty years and has developed safe systems of work and methods to ensure that these systems are constantly reviewed and updated in the light of the experience gained during operations. This experience is available for the offshore wind industry to adopt and adapt.

Reducing Cost

The perception that offshore wind can’t afford oil and gas prices is at best, only partly correct. The offshore oil and gas industry is highly competitive and has successfully addressed cost reductions through pan industry initiatives.

The prices charged by oil and gas service companies reflect the cost of the ability to work in the North Sea all year round and the typically “one off” nature of the oil and gas industry.

Several offshore wind projects have already suffered major delays and additional cost by selecting “cheap” solutions and have had to change to more appropriate vessels and procedures during the installation phase, indicating that the offshore wind industry has, in this area, not been willing to learn from the oil and gas industry.

However, there is no logical reason why the repetitive nature of designing, manufacturing and installing offshore wind farms should not result in significant cost savings.

The study was led by Natural Power.

Read the full study here

For further information please contact:
David Wood, business@power-cluster.net
Project Manager, Suffolk County Council 

In the Spotlight - August 2010

POWER cluster at Husum WindEnergy 2010

As part of the Husum WindEnergy 2010 Congress the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of Science, Economic Affairs and Transport (MWV SH) and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Flensburg (IHK Flensburg), partners in the EU co-funded projects POWER cluster respectively FURGY (Future Renewable energy) are co-hosting the conference: “Research meets business. Energy Storage Technologies: State of the Art –State of Research”.

‘Storing the wind’ is a big challenge, especially for offshore wind farms. Main focus of this conference should be on the energy storage technologies: state of the art – state of research.

Several activities of energy storage from Germany and also Great Britain shall give you an interesting overview.

For the cross border region of Schleswig‐Holstein and South Denmark offshore wind energy is a growing field for creating jobs and economic development.

See conference invitation brochure here

The conference will take place on the 22 September 2010, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Register for Husum WindEnergy 2010 here

POWER cluster at Husum WindEnergy 2010

As part of the Husum WindEnergy 2010 Congress the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of Science, Economic Affairs and Transport (MWV SH) and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Flensburg (IHK Flensburg), partners in the EU co-funded projects POWER cluster respectively FURGY (Future Renewable energy) are co-hosting the conference: “Research meets business. Energy Storage Technologies: State of the Art –State of Research”.

‘Storing the wind’ is a big challenge, especially for offshore wind farms. Main focus of this conference should be on the energy storage technologies: state of the art – state of research.

Several activities of energy storage from Germany and also Great Britain shall give you an interesting overview.

For the cross border region of Schleswig‐Holstein and South Denmark offshore wind energy is a growing field for creating jobs and economic development.

See conference invitation brochure here

The conference will take place on the 22 September 2010, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Register for Husum WindEnergy 2010 here

In the Spotlight - June 2010

Think Britain - Business Opportunities in Swedish & UK Wind Power

Britain is embarking on an ambitious programme to green the UK economy. Investment will be channelled into the country's energy infrastructure to support the development of carbon capture and storage, renewable and smart grid technology. This seminar and match-making event aims to bring companies from the UK and Swedish wind sector together to capitalize on the remarkable business opportunities in both countries. Leading industry actors such as Narec will share their views on the development of the sector and the participating companies will have ample opportunity to network and identify new business partners from across the North Sea.

Website: www.thinkbritain.se

Contact: Karin Angus Tel: +46 (0)8 671 3060

Venue: Elyseum at Göteborg Energi,
Västgötagatan 2, 411 39 Gothenburg

Time: 08:30-17:00, Wednesday 16th June
 

Think Britain - Business Opportunities in Swedish & UK Wind Power

Britain is embarking on an ambitious programme to green the UK economy. Investment will be channelled into the country's energy infrastructure to support the development of carbon capture and storage, renewable and smart grid technology. This seminar and match-making event aims to bring companies from the UK and Swedish wind sector together to capitalize on the remarkable business opportunities in both countries. Leading industry actors such as Narec will share their views on the development of the sector and the participating companies will have ample opportunity to network and identify new business partners from across the North Sea.

Website: www.thinkbritain.se

Contact: Karin Angus Tel: +46 (0)8 671 3060

Venue: Elyseum at Göteborg Energi,
Västgötagatan 2, 411 39 Gothenburg

Time: 08:30-17:00, Wednesday 16th June
 

In the Spotlight - May 2010

Update on the state of the offshore wind industry

POWER cluster is undertaking the study “‘Update on the state of the offshore wind industry”. This study is important as it will show how the Offshore Wind industry has changed from three years ago. In addition it will also analyse business, energy and political drivers and the effectiveness of the supply chain. The study will demonstrate the key lessons which offshore wind farm developers can learn and also look at the impact on a number of areas including the economy.
 

Update on the state of the offshore wind industry

POWER cluster is undertaking the study “‘Update on the state of the offshore wind industry”. This study is important as it will show how the Offshore Wind industry has changed from three years ago. In addition it will also analyse business, energy and political drivers and the effectiveness of the supply chain. The study will demonstrate the key lessons which offshore wind farm developers can learn and also look at the impact on a number of areas including the economy.
 

In the Spotlight - April 2010

Former Danish PM Heads Offshore Renewables Alliance

Almost 40 representatives from different institutions, universities, centres, and the Danish Regions were present when the Alliance for Offshore Renwables was established on 8 February 2010. Thus it has been possible to bring together a wide range of leading personalities and institutions to work on this national project.

”Now we have created the platform which is necessary for preserving Denmark’s dominance within the field of renewable energy technology. I am convinced that the Alliance for Offshore Renewables will soon evoke a positive response in both Denmark and Brussels,” said former Danish Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, who was elected chairman of the alliance.

Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, who is also Board Chairman of the Lindø Offshore Renewables Center, heads the board together with his two vice chairmen, Regional Council Chairman of Southern Denmark Carl Holst and Board Chairman Niels Aage Giversen of Offshore Center Danmark.

The challenge for the new board of the Alliance for Offshore Renewables is clear: a billion dollar market and thousands of new jobs could be Danish if we develop the next generation of offshore wind turbines and wave machines. Today, Denmark is the world leader in the generation of offshore renewable energy, but several other countries would love to take that position.

Achievement-Oriented Research

The Alliance for Offshore Renewables will serve as a mouthpiece for the industry in relation to politicians, and it will enter into a dialogue with decision-makers concerning the overall development of the offshore renewables industry in Denmark. Moreover, a united industry will have easier access to the extensive research and innovation funding which is administered by the EU.

According to European Commission targets, wind turbines will account for 20 per cent of the total EU energy consumption by 2020 – and 33 per cent by 2030. The EU estimates that during the next 10 years, annual investments in renewable energy will constitute DKK 60 billion, and the community is prepared to increase investments considerably.
 

Former Danish PM Heads Offshore Renewables Alliance

Almost 40 representatives from different institutions, universities, centres, and the Danish Regions were present when the Alliance for Offshore Renwables was established on 8 February 2010. Thus it has been possible to bring together a wide range of leading personalities and institutions to work on this national project.

”Now we have created the platform which is necessary for preserving Denmark’s dominance within the field of renewable energy technology. I am convinced that the Alliance for Offshore Renewables will soon evoke a positive response in both Denmark and Brussels,” said former Danish Prime Minister Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, who was elected chairman of the alliance.

Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, who is also Board Chairman of the Lindø Offshore Renewables Center, heads the board together with his two vice chairmen, Regional Council Chairman of Southern Denmark Carl Holst and Board Chairman Niels Aage Giversen of Offshore Center Danmark.

The challenge for the new board of the Alliance for Offshore Renewables is clear: a billion dollar market and thousands of new jobs could be Danish if we develop the next generation of offshore wind turbines and wave machines. Today, Denmark is the world leader in the generation of offshore renewable energy, but several other countries would love to take that position.

Achievement-Oriented Research

The Alliance for Offshore Renewables will serve as a mouthpiece for the industry in relation to politicians, and it will enter into a dialogue with decision-makers concerning the overall development of the offshore renewables industry in Denmark. Moreover, a united industry will have easier access to the extensive research and innovation funding which is administered by the EU.

According to European Commission targets, wind turbines will account for 20 per cent of the total EU energy consumption by 2020 – and 33 per cent by 2030. The EU estimates that during the next 10 years, annual investments in renewable energy will constitute DKK 60 billion, and the community is prepared to increase investments considerably.
 

In the Spotlight - March 2010

Report praises Offshore Center Danmark’s employment effort

Offshore Center Danmark is praised for having helped increasing employment by 4,000 people in the offshore industry. 4,000 new jobs have been created in the Danish offshore industry in the past 6 years through efficient networking and innovation.

The Region of Southern Denmark’s recently published report ‘Modern Clusters in Region South Denmark,’ prepared by University of Southern Denmark, documents massive growth in the Danish offshore industry and to a large extent credits Offshore Center Danmark with this development.

Offshore Center Danmark and the offshore cluster are thus singled out as the best in terms of growth performance among the 6 large industry clusters in Region South Denmark. On behalf of the clusters, University of Southern Denmark has examined various industry associations’ and networks’ ability to communicate knowledge and to be a driving force for the entire industry.

A team from the Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management at the University of Southern Denmark finds among other issues that Offshore Center Danmark has helped creating many new products and that the centre is one of the direct causes for the offshore industry’s increased international sale. Thereby Offshore Center Danmark has helped creating the many new jobs.

“Naturally, we and the offshore industry are pleased with and proud of being praised in this way. One of our most distinguished tasks is to amass knowledge of markets and technology related to energy extraction at sea and communicate this knowledge to the industry,” says Director Peter Blach, Offshore Center Danmark.

“Fortunately, many companies are aware that a large number of opportunities exist in the offshore industry – not least abroad – and we’ll contribute to pave the way for companies internationally also in future. Recently, Offshore Danmark was awarded a grant of around € 5 million for a project that will strengthen employment in the offshore industry further, and we’re aiming for 20,000 people employed in 2020, compared to 13,000 today,” adds Peter Blach. 

 

The 3-year 'Energy at Sea' project designed to strengthen the Danish offshore industry

On 3 March, a kick-off event in the west Jutland port city of Esbjerg involving Offshore Center Denmark and a number of collaboration partners marked the start of an ambitious project designed to strengthen the Danish offshore industry and create new jobs.

The 'Energy at Sea' project is a three year undertaking which aims to create at least 7,000 new jobs in the offshore industry by 2020. In this connection, there is an additional aim of encouraging more youngsters to train in the professional areas needed by the offshore sector.

Marianne Tølbøll, project coordinator at Offshore Center Denmark, comments: "We have had amazing interest in the project, with 126 sign-ups to the kick-off event. Offshore Center Denmark is already working with 40 collaboration partners to prepare for starting the project."

According to Marianne Tølbøll, DKK 36 million (4,8 million Euro) will be invested in the project to create the best conditions for one of Denmark's most significant industries - the energy sector. The overall 'Energy at Sea' project will contain a number of sub-projects, including a project to create growth in the number of offshore wind turbines, a project to increase the numbers of suitably trained students entering the offshore industry, and a project to remove barriers to SMEs, who often experience difficulties to gain the attention of the oil companies operating in the North Sea.

Source: Denmark.dk
 

Report praises Offshore Center Danmark’s employment effort

Offshore Center Danmark is praised for having helped increasing employment by 4,000 people in the offshore industry. 4,000 new jobs have been created in the Danish offshore industry in the past 6 years through efficient networking and innovation.

The Region of Southern Denmark’s recently published report ‘Modern Clusters in Region South Denmark,’ prepared by University of Southern Denmark, documents massive growth in the Danish offshore industry and to a large extent credits Offshore Center Danmark with this development.

Offshore Center Danmark and the offshore cluster are thus singled out as the best in terms of growth performance among the 6 large industry clusters in Region South Denmark. On behalf of the clusters, University of Southern Denmark has examined various industry associations’ and networks’ ability to communicate knowledge and to be a driving force for the entire industry.

A team from the Department of Entrepreneurship and Relationship Management at the University of Southern Denmark finds among other issues that Offshore Center Danmark has helped creating many new products and that the centre is one of the direct causes for the offshore industry’s increased international sale. Thereby Offshore Center Danmark has helped creating the many new jobs.

“Naturally, we and the offshore industry are pleased with and proud of being praised in this way. One of our most distinguished tasks is to amass knowledge of markets and technology related to energy extraction at sea and communicate this knowledge to the industry,” says Director Peter Blach, Offshore Center Danmark.

“Fortunately, many companies are aware that a large number of opportunities exist in the offshore industry – not least abroad – and we’ll contribute to pave the way for companies internationally also in future. Recently, Offshore Danmark was awarded a grant of around € 5 million for a project that will strengthen employment in the offshore industry further, and we’re aiming for 20,000 people employed in 2020, compared to 13,000 today,” adds Peter Blach. 

 

The 3-year 'Energy at Sea' project designed to strengthen the Danish offshore industry

On 3 March, a kick-off event in the west Jutland port city of Esbjerg involving Offshore Center Denmark and a number of collaboration partners marked the start of an ambitious project designed to strengthen the Danish offshore industry and create new jobs.

The 'Energy at Sea' project is a three year undertaking which aims to create at least 7,000 new jobs in the offshore industry by 2020. In this connection, there is an additional aim of encouraging more youngsters to train in the professional areas needed by the offshore sector.

Marianne Tølbøll, project coordinator at Offshore Center Denmark, comments: "We have had amazing interest in the project, with 126 sign-ups to the kick-off event. Offshore Center Denmark is already working with 40 collaboration partners to prepare for starting the project."

According to Marianne Tølbøll, DKK 36 million (4,8 million Euro) will be invested in the project to create the best conditions for one of Denmark's most significant industries - the energy sector. The overall 'Energy at Sea' project will contain a number of sub-projects, including a project to create growth in the number of offshore wind turbines, a project to increase the numbers of suitably trained students entering the offshore industry, and a project to remove barriers to SMEs, who often experience difficulties to gain the attention of the oil companies operating in the North Sea.

Source: Denmark.dk
 

In the Spotlight - February 2010

Great potential for business and research co-operation

So one of the conclusions when approximately 30 persons from academia, business and authorities attended the POWER cluster and FURGY project co-organised workshop “Research meets Business” in Flensburg, Germany, to discuss perspectives and goals of a close co-operation between research and business within the offshore wind sector.

After a short introduction to the projects FURGY and POWER cluster Ms. Lorenz (Doris Lorenz Beratung und Management) presented an overview about recent research activities conducted in the participating POWER cluster regions. Mr. Pagnier (ADEMA - Le Mans Development France) presented an overview of activities in the Le Mans region.

The following discussion showed in which way both projects can support research and business activities in the offshore wind energy sector. The main aspect is a lack of information about the status and progress of building up offshore wind parks. This issue would be important in order to involve business activities and to develop a close co-operation in research. SME’s need more information and support for developing new products and services. One topic of interest is the interplay of environmental conditions and regulation framework for building up wind energy parks in the sea, for example noise problems.

Most participants see a great potential for business and research co-operations in the next future. They encourage the stakeholders in Schleswig-Holstein to make a better use of their potential in the offshore wind energy sector.
The results of the workshops are:
 

  • more information about all aspects of the offshore wind energy and the process of developing projects will be important for medium size companies to find a their own business activities,
  • presentations by the research institutions will give insight in current and future developments that could pave the way to new products and services,
  • information about special topics could be valuable for groups of companies.

The Chamber of Commerce Flensburg and the Ministry of Science, Economic Affairs and Transport Schleswig-Holstein will organize another “Research meets Business” workshop on the 22nd of September 2010 at Husum WindEnergy 2010.

For further information please contact Wolfgang Schulz at Ministry of Science, Economic Affairs and Transport Schleswig-Holstein (Wolfgang.Schulz@wimi.landsh.de) or Gorm Casper at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Flensburg (IHK Flensburg) (Casper@flensburg.ihk.de).

Find the workshop presentations here
 

 

POWER cluster presents career opportunities at job fair in Germany

Visit the POWER cluster stand at “zukunftsenergien nordwest” – the renewable energies’ sector job fair in the northwest of Germany. On 5-6 March 2010 POWER cluster will provide job-seekers with information about career opportunities within the rapidly growing offshore wind energy industry.

The job fair, taking place in the EWE Arena in Oldenburg, Germany, is a free of charge and open to the public event offering both job-seekers and employers face-to-face interaction and networking opportunities. Exhibitors at the fair come from the wind-, solar-, bio-energy and energy efficiency sectors, with the majority coming from the on- and offshore wind energy sectors.

At its stand POWER cluster will showcase the European perspectives of a growing offshore wind energy job market, presenting information on topics like career opportunities, university study programmes, training courses and education providers. Also, information about offshore wind energy in general and about the POWER cluster project will be available. Visitors at the stand are welcomed to connect to the international POWER cluster network and to sign up for the regular POWER cluster newsletter, and to use the stand as starting point for a tour through the fair.

The job fair is taking place in the very centre of Germany’s leading wind energy industry and the emerging offshore wind energy cluster. The northwest of Germany is home to the country’s major industry players: manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, business associations, research institutions, universities and training facilities.

Find more information about the job fair here: www.zukunftsenergien-nordwest.de

For information about the POWER cluster stand at the job fair contact:
Moses Kärn
Forwind – Center for Wind Energy Research
Moses.Kaern@forwind.de
+49 441 36116-722

 

Offshore wind challenges and learning from the oil and gas industry

POWER cluster is currently undertaking the following study: ‘Offshore wind challenges and learning from the oil and gas industry’. The study is being conducted by Natural Power. The study is focused on the key lessons the offshore wind industry can learn from the oil and gas industry and a comparison of the political, legal and legislative framework within POWER cluster countries. The offshore wind industry is a relatively new industry while the oil and gas industry has over 40 years experience of working in harsh offshore environments. There are obvious similarities between the industries however it is important to recognise there are also differences. For example oil and gas platforms have one central location where as an offshore wind farms have lots of turbines located within a large area. The study will outline recommendations for businesses and other stakeholders which will help contribute to the growth of the offshore wind industry. This will benefit both the economy and the environment by helping countries to achieve renewable energy targets set by the EU. The study will be published on the POWER cluster website in autumn 2010. To contribute to the study or for further information please contact business@power-cluster.net 

 

UK Offshore Wind Supply Chain Event at OrbisEnergy in Lowestoft

EEDA is pleased to be co-hosting the Offshore wind supply chain event with The Crown Estate, in conjunction with Renewables East, the East of England Energy Group and OrbisEnergy.

The event will take place in Lowestoft on Thursday 4 March 2010 and is part of a series of events taking place across the UK to inform and promote the opportunities of Round 3 developments to businesses. The event will start at 10am, with registration open from 9am, and will conclude at 4pm.

The deployment of offshore wind is expected to accelerate over the next decade with a total potential capacity of over 40 GW currently being planned across the UK (25 GW within the Round 3 offshore wind leasing round). The challenge to deliver this programme is enormous and will make offshore wind in the UK one of the world's largest infrastructure projects with a potential investment by 2020 of over £100 billion.
These developments will produce a huge demand on the supply chain and huge business opportunities. This event will provide you with the information you need to capitalise on these opportunities.

The morning will include formal presentations from The Crown Estate and Round 3 developers on the programme and opportunities. The afternoon will be based around a share fair format with exhibition and networking.

For more information, or to register to attend this free event, visit www.eventsforce.net/offshore by Friday 19 February. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and you must register via the online system to attend. Due to the expected high-demand of the event places will be limited to two people per organisation.

If you have any queries regarding the arrangements for the event please email events@eeda.org.uk or call +44 1223 234193

Great potential for business and research co-operation

So one of the conclusions when approximately 30 persons from academia, business and authorities attended the POWER cluster and FURGY project co-organised workshop “Research meets Business” in Flensburg, Germany, to discuss perspectives and goals of a close co-operation between research and business within the offshore wind sector.

After a short introduction to the projects FURGY and POWER cluster Ms. Lorenz (Doris Lorenz Beratung und Management) presented an overview about recent research activities conducted in the participating POWER cluster regions. Mr. Pagnier (ADEMA - Le Mans Development France) presented an overview of activities in the Le Mans region.

The following discussion showed in which way both projects can support research and business activities in the offshore wind energy sector. The main aspect is a lack of information about the status and progress of building up offshore wind parks. This issue would be important in order to involve business activities and to develop a close co-operation in research. SME’s need more information and support for developing new products and services. One topic of interest is the interplay of environmental conditions and regulation framework for building up wind energy parks in the sea, for example noise problems.

Most participants see a great potential for business and research co-operations in the next future. They encourage the stakeholders in Schleswig-Holstein to make a better use of their potential in the offshore wind energy sector.
The results of the workshops are:
 

  • more information about all aspects of the offshore wind energy and the process of developing projects will be important for medium size companies to find a their own business activities,
  • presentations by the research institutions will give insight in current and future developments that could pave the way to new products and services,
  • information about special topics could be valuable for groups of companies.

The Chamber of Commerce Flensburg and the Ministry of Science, Economic Affairs and Transport Schleswig-Holstein will organize another “Research meets Business” workshop on the 22nd of September 2010 at Husum WindEnergy 2010.

For further information please contact Wolfgang Schulz at Ministry of Science, Economic Affairs and Transport Schleswig-Holstein (Wolfgang.Schulz@wimi.landsh.de) or Gorm Casper at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Flensburg (IHK Flensburg) (Casper@flensburg.ihk.de).

Find the workshop presentations here
 

 

POWER cluster presents career opportunities at job fair in Germany

Visit the POWER cluster stand at “zukunftsenergien nordwest” – the renewable energies’ sector job fair in the northwest of Germany. On 5-6 March 2010 POWER cluster will provide job-seekers with information about career opportunities within the rapidly growing offshore wind energy industry.

The job fair, taking place in the EWE Arena in Oldenburg, Germany, is a free of charge and open to the public event offering both job-seekers and employers face-to-face interaction and networking opportunities. Exhibitors at the fair come from the wind-, solar-, bio-energy and energy efficiency sectors, with the majority coming from the on- and offshore wind energy sectors.

At its stand POWER cluster will showcase the European perspectives of a growing offshore wind energy job market, presenting information on topics like career opportunities, university study programmes, training courses and education providers. Also, information about offshore wind energy in general and about the POWER cluster project will be available. Visitors at the stand are welcomed to connect to the international POWER cluster network and to sign up for the regular POWER cluster newsletter, and to use the stand as starting point for a tour through the fair.

The job fair is taking place in the very centre of Germany’s leading wind energy industry and the emerging offshore wind energy cluster. The northwest of Germany is home to the country’s major industry players: manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, business associations, research institutions, universities and training facilities.

Find more information about the job fair here: www.zukunftsenergien-nordwest.de

For information about the POWER cluster stand at the job fair contact:
Moses Kärn
Forwind – Center for Wind Energy Research
Moses.Kaern@forwind.de
+49 441 36116-722

 

Offshore wind challenges and learning from the oil and gas industry

POWER cluster is currently undertaking the following study: ‘Offshore wind challenges and learning from the oil and gas industry’. The study is being conducted by Natural Power. The study is focused on the key lessons the offshore wind industry can learn from the oil and gas industry and a comparison of the political, legal and legislative framework within POWER cluster countries. The offshore wind industry is a relatively new industry while the oil and gas industry has over 40 years experience of working in harsh offshore environments. There are obvious similarities between the industries however it is important to recognise there are also differences. For example oil and gas platforms have one central location where as an offshore wind farms have lots of turbines located within a large area. The study will outline recommendations for businesses and other stakeholders which will help contribute to the growth of the offshore wind industry. This will benefit both the economy and the environment by helping countries to achieve renewable energy targets set by the EU. The study will be published on the POWER cluster website in autumn 2010. To contribute to the study or for further information please contact business@power-cluster.net 

 

UK Offshore Wind Supply Chain Event at OrbisEnergy in Lowestoft

EEDA is pleased to be co-hosting the Offshore wind supply chain event with The Crown Estate, in conjunction with Renewables East, the East of England Energy Group and OrbisEnergy.

The event will take place in Lowestoft on Thursday 4 March 2010 and is part of a series of events taking place across the UK to inform and promote the opportunities of Round 3 developments to businesses. The event will start at 10am, with registration open from 9am, and will conclude at 4pm.

The deployment of offshore wind is expected to accelerate over the next decade with a total potential capacity of over 40 GW currently being planned across the UK (25 GW within the Round 3 offshore wind leasing round). The challenge to deliver this programme is enormous and will make offshore wind in the UK one of the world's largest infrastructure projects with a potential investment by 2020 of over £100 billion.
These developments will produce a huge demand on the supply chain and huge business opportunities. This event will provide you with the information you need to capitalise on these opportunities.

The morning will include formal presentations from The Crown Estate and Round 3 developers on the programme and opportunities. The afternoon will be based around a share fair format with exhibition and networking.

For more information, or to register to attend this free event, visit www.eventsforce.net/offshore by Friday 19 February. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and you must register via the online system to attend. Due to the expected high-demand of the event places will be limited to two people per organisation.

If you have any queries regarding the arrangements for the event please email events@eeda.org.uk or call +44 1223 234193

In the Spotlight - January 2010

World’s second largest windfarm a “windfall” opportunity for East Anglia companies

The windfarm, which is likely to have at least 1.000 turbines, dwarfing the 30 turbine Scroby Sands windfarm off Great Yarmouth, will be build about 15 miles off the north Suffolk coast and north Suffolk coast.

John Best, chief executive of EEEGR , a POWER cluster project partner, said: “We have a unique opportunity with our geographical location, shallow water, twin ports Yarmouth and Lowestoft and established skills in offshore engineering to make the east of England the home of renewable energy”. Read more

 

Important business event: SNS 2010

POWER cluster (http://www.power-cluster.net/) is pleased to be sponsoring the Southern North Sea (SNS) Conference for the second successive year. The conference and supporting events are organised by EEEGR (East of England Energy Group). Supporting events take place 24 February 2010 with the SNS Conference the following day.

The Innovation Awards Competition provides information about key innovations in the energy sector and is a free event. The winners are announced at the Innovation Awards Gala Dinner. More information is available through the following link: Innovation Awards Competition - Afternoon 24 February 2010

The Innovation Awards Gala Dinner provides the opportunity to hear find out this years innovation awards winners and an excellent opportunity to network with UK businesses involved in the offshore wind sector. POWER cluster is offering a total of 6 free places to the awards dinner for non-UK businesses. This will provide you with an opportunity to network with UK businesses involved in the offshore wind sector. More information is available through the following link: Innovation Awards Gala Dinner - Evening 24 February 2010

Southern North Sea (SNS) Conference is the most important conference for the offshore energy industry in the East of England. POWER cluster is offering a total of 3 free places to the conference to non-UK businesses. For more information please see the attached programme or follow the following link: SNS10 - A Sea of Opportunity – 25 February 2010

Booking
The free places are offered on a first come first served basis. Although all businesses which quote ‘POWER cluster’ will receive a discount to ‘SNS 2010’ (except EEEGR members who already benefit from a discounted price). Please note that both free and discounted places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

To book you free place please contact Holly Harvey
Email: click here 
Telephone: 44 (0)1493 446535.

Location of all Events: Holiday Inn Norwich (North), Norwich International Airport, NR6 6JA

Travel Support & Further Information
David Wood
POWER Cluster Project Manager
Email: click here

 

"Research meets Business" workshop in Flensburg, February 3rd 2010

For the regions of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, and Southern Denmark the offshore wind energy sector is becoming ever more important for realizing jobs and economic development. Therefore, the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of Science, Economic Affairs and Transport and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Flensburg (IHK Flensburg), partners in the EU funded projects “POWER cluster” respectively “FURGY”, are organizing a workshop bringing together Danish and Northern German research institutions and business to assess the needs and possibilities for enhanced cross-border cooperation. Read more

World’s second largest windfarm a “windfall” opportunity for East Anglia companies

The windfarm, which is likely to have at least 1.000 turbines, dwarfing the 30 turbine Scroby Sands windfarm off Great Yarmouth, will be build about 15 miles off the north Suffolk coast and north Suffolk coast.

John Best, chief executive of EEEGR , a POWER cluster project partner, said: “We have a unique opportunity with our geographical location, shallow water, twin ports Yarmouth and Lowestoft and established skills in offshore engineering to make the east of England the home of renewable energy”. Read more

 

Important business event: SNS 2010

POWER cluster (http://www.power-cluster.net/) is pleased to be sponsoring the Southern North Sea (SNS) Conference for the second successive year. The conference and supporting events are organised by EEEGR (East of England Energy Group). Supporting events take place 24 February 2010 with the SNS Conference the following day.

The Innovation Awards Competition provides information about key innovations in the energy sector and is a free event. The winners are announced at the Innovation Awards Gala Dinner. More information is available through the following link: Innovation Awards Competition - Afternoon 24 February 2010

The Innovation Awards Gala Dinner provides the opportunity to hear find out this years innovation awards winners and an excellent opportunity to network with UK businesses involved in the offshore wind sector. POWER cluster is offering a total of 6 free places to the awards dinner for non-UK businesses. This will provide you with an opportunity to network with UK businesses involved in the offshore wind sector. More information is available through the following link: Innovation Awards Gala Dinner - Evening 24 February 2010

Southern North Sea (SNS) Conference is the most important conference for the offshore energy industry in the East of England. POWER cluster is offering a total of 3 free places to the conference to non-UK businesses. For more information please see the attached programme or follow the following link: SNS10 - A Sea of Opportunity – 25 February 2010

Booking
The free places are offered on a first come first served basis. Although all businesses which quote ‘POWER cluster’ will receive a discount to ‘SNS 2010’ (except EEEGR members who already benefit from a discounted price). Please note that both free and discounted places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

To book you free place please contact Holly Harvey
Email: click here 
Telephone: 44 (0)1493 446535.

Location of all Events: Holiday Inn Norwich (North), Norwich International Airport, NR6 6JA

Travel Support & Further Information
David Wood
POWER Cluster Project Manager
Email: click here

 

"Research meets Business" workshop in Flensburg, February 3rd 2010

For the regions of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, and Southern Denmark the offshore wind energy sector is becoming ever more important for realizing jobs and economic development. Therefore, the Schleswig-Holstein Ministry of Science, Economic Affairs and Transport and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Flensburg (IHK Flensburg), partners in the EU funded projects “POWER cluster” respectively “FURGY”, are organizing a workshop bringing together Danish and Northern German research institutions and business to assess the needs and possibilities for enhanced cross-border cooperation. Read more

In the Spotlight - December 2009

POWER cluster takes centre stage...

All-Energy has always taken pride in setting out and delivering against a leading edge agenda. 2010 will be no different as one of the Keynote sessions for the All Energy Exhibition and Conference 2010 will present a report back at the Mid Term of POWER cluster.

For busy people, with busy diaries, the opportunity to share common themes at a common location is a match made in heaven. POWER cluster will present their work on public awareness, sharing good operational practice between oil and gas and offshore wind, skills development and networking. And being embedded as a core element of All-Energy 2010, it supports the primary business driver of any such event; turning "Contacts to Contracts".

Direct industry involvement is essential to achieve the objectives of the project. Learning from the oil and gas industry is seen as a critical commercial advantage in a global industry. POWER cluster will be participating in the inaugural "Contacts to Contracts" forum allowing All-Energy delegates to pre-book specific strategic meetings with European businesses colleagues. This will support the offshore wind industry and contribute to developing a strong business focused offshore wind energy cluster around the North Sea.

We will keep you posted about the POWER cluster mid-term conference!

 

Success OBMC 2009

Combining a technical offshore wind conference with a hands-on business to business meeting event proved successful as more than 130 participants from eight countries attended the POWER cluster supported Offshore Business Meeting and Conference (OBMC) 2009 jointly organized by windcomm Schleswig-Hostein, Germany, and Offshore Center Danmark. Read more

On November 16-17 windcomm Schleswig-Hostein and Offshore Center Danmark jointly organized OBMC 2009 in Husum, Germany and Esbjerg, Denmark.

Day one of the event offered the more than 130 delegates from eight countries a technical conference with a total of 16 presentations on issues such as offshore wind installation, operation and maintenance as well as skills and safety requirements for offshore workforce.

The networking offered during the conference was highly appreciated by the delegates. Holger Grubel from Vattenfall Europe, currently involved in an offshore wind project in Schleswig-Holstein, stressed the importance of “local networking and inter-linking” as a basis for the further roll out of offshore wind technology, whereas Frank Huseman, in charge of business development at Nordex, characterized OBMC as “truly right and important”.

On day two the delegates from within the offshore wind industry were shuttled from Husum to Esbjerg for the Offshore Wind Business2Business Event 2009, hosted by Offshore Center Danmark.

60 companies and organisations from Germany, The United Kingdom, France, USA and Denmark participated in order to exchange business cards and discuss future business opportunities, projects and ideas within the offshore wind sector. More than 200 meetings were held during the event.

One of the British participants was David Wood from Suffolk County Council. David Wood had meetings with several Danish companies in order to attract projects to the Suffolk region in East England, but as a partner in POWER cluster he also stressed the need to co-operate in the international offshore sector in common.

”The main purpose of this event is to bring businesses together, enable them to work together and to collaborate across Europe. We have to learn from each other and to jointly bring the offshore wind marked forward in order to fulfil the targets set by The European Union”, David Wood said in between a long range of meetings.

After a busy day the participants had the opportunity to see the port facilities of Esbjerg during a one hour sightseeing under the guidance of Port of Esbjerg’s Head of Maritime Department, Torben Jensen.

Offshore Wind Business2Business Event will be held next time in the autumn of 2010.

Read more about the B2B event here.

Presentations from the B2B event:

POWER cluster takes centre stage...

All-Energy has always taken pride in setting out and delivering against a leading edge agenda. 2010 will be no different as one of the Keynote sessions for the All Energy Exhibition and Conference 2010 will present a report back at the Mid Term of POWER cluster.

For busy people, with busy diaries, the opportunity to share common themes at a common location is a match made in heaven. POWER cluster will present their work on public awareness, sharing good operational practice between oil and gas and offshore wind, skills development and networking. And being embedded as a core element of All-Energy 2010, it supports the primary business driver of any such event; turning "Contacts to Contracts".

Direct industry involvement is essential to achieve the objectives of the project. Learning from the oil and gas industry is seen as a critical commercial advantage in a global industry. POWER cluster will be participating in the inaugural "Contacts to Contracts" forum allowing All-Energy delegates to pre-book specific strategic meetings with European businesses colleagues. This will support the offshore wind industry and contribute to developing a strong business focused offshore wind energy cluster around the North Sea.

We will keep you posted about the POWER cluster mid-term conference!

 

Success OBMC 2009

Combining a technical offshore wind conference with a hands-on business to business meeting event proved successful as more than 130 participants from eight countries attended the POWER cluster supported Offshore Business Meeting and Conference (OBMC) 2009 jointly organized by windcomm Schleswig-Hostein, Germany, and Offshore Center Danmark. Read more

On November 16-17 windcomm Schleswig-Hostein and Offshore Center Danmark jointly organized OBMC 2009 in Husum, Germany and Esbjerg, Denmark.

Day one of the event offered the more than 130 delegates from eight countries a technical conference with a total of 16 presentations on issues such as offshore wind installation, operation and maintenance as well as skills and safety requirements for offshore workforce.

The networking offered during the conference was highly appreciated by the delegates. Holger Grubel from Vattenfall Europe, currently involved in an offshore wind project in Schleswig-Holstein, stressed the importance of “local networking and inter-linking” as a basis for the further roll out of offshore wind technology, whereas Frank Huseman, in charge of business development at Nordex, characterized OBMC as “truly right and important”.

On day two the delegates from within the offshore wind industry were shuttled from Husum to Esbjerg for the Offshore Wind Business2Business Event 2009, hosted by Offshore Center Danmark.

60 companies and organisations from Germany, The United Kingdom, France, USA and Denmark participated in order to exchange business cards and discuss future business opportunities, projects and ideas within the offshore wind sector. More than 200 meetings were held during the event.

One of the British participants was David Wood from Suffolk County Council. David Wood had meetings with several Danish companies in order to attract projects to the Suffolk region in East England, but as a partner in POWER cluster he also stressed the need to co-operate in the international offshore sector in common.

”The main purpose of this event is to bring businesses together, enable them to work together and to collaborate across Europe. We have to learn from each other and to jointly bring the offshore wind marked forward in order to fulfil the targets set by The European Union”, David Wood said in between a long range of meetings.

After a busy day the participants had the opportunity to see the port facilities of Esbjerg during a one hour sightseeing under the guidance of Port of Esbjerg’s Head of Maritime Department, Torben Jensen.

Offshore Wind Business2Business Event will be held next time in the autumn of 2010.

Read more about the B2B event here.

Presentations from the B2B event:

In the Spotlight - October 2009

Don’t miss OBMC 2009

The POWER cluster supported Offshore Business Meeting and Conference directed towards the international offshore wind industry will take place in Husum, Germany, and in Esbjerg, Denmark, on November 16-17.

The event is coordinated jointly by Offshore Center Danmark and windcomm schleswig-holstein and will take place on two days in November 2009:

  • November 16: Conference in Husum, Germany
  • November 17: Business2Business Meetings at Hotel Britannia in Esbjerg, Denmark

The conference programme can be downloaded here
The B2B programme can be downloaded here
 

Don’t miss OBMC 2009

The POWER cluster supported Offshore Business Meeting and Conference directed towards the international offshore wind industry will take place in Husum, Germany, and in Esbjerg, Denmark, on November 16-17.

The event is coordinated jointly by Offshore Center Danmark and windcomm schleswig-holstein and will take place on two days in November 2009:

  • November 16: Conference in Husum, Germany
  • November 17: Business2Business Meetings at Hotel Britannia in Esbjerg, Denmark

The conference programme can be downloaded here
The B2B programme can be downloaded here
 

In the Spotlight - September 2009

Meet POWER cluster at the OPEN DAYS in Brussels

The POWER cluster project would like to welcome you to visit our mini-exhibition during the OPEN DAYS Climate Change themed day in Brussels on October the 7th 2009.

The programme of the seventh OPEN DAYS, taking place in Brussels from October 5-8, will consist of 125 seminars, workshops, debates and exhibitions for around 7,000 participants.

More than 250 event partners have joined forces, among which 213 regions and cities from 33 European countries, and more than 600 speakers will be actively involved. During the month of October, another 230 local events will be organised addressing an expected audience of 30,000.

On October the 7th POWER cluster will be displaying key project objectives and achievements at the East of England Exhibition stand placed at the central “welcome and registration” point in the tent located on the esplanade of the Berlaymont Building (rue Archimède), Metro Schuman.

The OPEN DAYS Tent will welcome participants, journalists and others interested in the event. Open as of 10:00 on 5 October, the tent will be the place where participants can pick up their badges, the final programme and other information.

In addition, in the tent and on the esplanade, information on the OPEN DAYS key themes will be provided through exhibitions, videos and other activities. For example, on wednesday, October the 7th, specific activities are planned by regions, cities and other event partners on the theme “Responses to Climate Change”.
 

 

POWER cluster at EOW 2009 in Stockholm

POWER cluster project’s stand at the European Offshore Wind Conference and Exhibition in Stockholm was very well attended. Aside from the project stand POWER cluster activities were presented at the conference session “Regional Industry Development and Job Creation” and during the poster sessions.

 

Rømø Harbour becomes important wind turbine nerve centre
With 300 prospective jobs, a new quay and 250,000 m2 of store facilities, Rømø by the western coast of Denmark has gained a new role as a nerve centre for offshore wind farms in the Danish and German part of the North Sea.

A development plan for the entire island and, not least, the harbour has made it possible to handle larger and new types of ships – for instance those that are used for installing wind turbines and steel foundations offshore. Due to these facilities the transport and logistics company Blue Water Marine and Energy has decided to establish offices in the harbour, and they are moving into the building around October 1 this year.

Blue Water Marine and Energy is a department under the Esbjerg-based Blue Water Shipping, that currently has activities in large parts of the world. Blue Water focuses strongly on the wind turbine segment and, on the basis of the plans for the expansion of Rømø Harbour, the company has decided to locate some of its offices in the harbour.

“Rømø Harbour is undergoing exciting development, and we wish to be part of that,” says Søren Stougaard, a Blue Water Marine and Energy shipbroker.

Unique location
Earlier in the summer Director at Port of Rømø, Mikkel Gleerup, signed a deal with Airtricity, the energy company behind the German offshore wind farm Butendiek, about functioning as the port of disembarkation in connection with the establishment of the offshore wind farm in the most northern part of the German part of the North Sea.

Airtricity has signed an agreement with Rømø Harbour about the development of a service and maintenance centre for Butendiek, that will have a total capacity of 288 MW. The development includes buildings and land facilities for high-speed service vessels and helicopters.

“Rømø Harbour is a unique location in terms of swift reaction time when it comes to maintenance of wind turbines – both when ships and helicopters are involved,” says Martin Huss, Project Director and Manager of Butendiek Offshore Windpark GmbH & Co KG.

“In order to be able to guarantee more than 25 years’ access to the wind turbines, and thereby also 25 years’ energy production, it is essential to have a 24-hour operation and maintenance centre very close to the wind farm.”

Four focus areas
Rømø Harbour is a ‘municipal self-governance harbour’ owned by Tønder Municipality. The harbour was inaugurated in 1964 and has since then been known for fishery activities and the ferry to the German island Sild. After the harbour was turned into a municipal harbour in 2001, several development initiatives have seen the light of day – especially when it comes to tourism. Since 2005 the focus has been on four areas: offshore , industry (including fishery), cruise and marina. The current development plan, which focuses specifically on the offshore wind industry, includes an expansion of the harbour involving 600 metres of quay and around 250,000 m2 of new
harbour area

By Communication Consultant Søren Dybdahl, Offshore Center Danmark
 

 

More than 20.000 to visit POWER cluster OWE exhibition

From June to August 2009 more than 20,000 people visited the POWER cluster offshore wind energy exhibition installed on the museum ship Greundiek.

Since end June the interactive show has been touring to different harbours on the German North Sea cost providing answers to all sorts of questions related to energy generation from offshore wind. 

A variety of interactive exhibits and audiovisual elements as well as models of offshore wind energy equipment adds to the attractiveness of the exhibition.

Feedback from locals, tourists, politicians and media visiting the exhibition has been overwhelmingly positive laying a solid ground for the envisaged continuation of the tour to Danish and German harbours in the summer of 2010 and 2011.

The exhibition, organised by the German Offshore Wind Foundation, is partly financed by the Interreg IVB North Sea Programme of the EU and partly by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

Meet POWER cluster at the OPEN DAYS in Brussels

The POWER cluster project would like to welcome you to visit our mini-exhibition during the OPEN DAYS Climate Change themed day in Brussels on October the 7th 2009.

The programme of the seventh OPEN DAYS, taking place in Brussels from October 5-8, will consist of 125 seminars, workshops, debates and exhibitions for around 7,000 participants.

More than 250 event partners have joined forces, among which 213 regions and cities from 33 European countries, and more than 600 speakers will be actively involved. During the month of October, another 230 local events will be organised addressing an expected audience of 30,000.

On October the 7th POWER cluster will be displaying key project objectives and achievements at the East of England Exhibition stand placed at the central “welcome and registration” point in the tent located on the esplanade of the Berlaymont Building (rue Archimède), Metro Schuman.

The OPEN DAYS Tent will welcome participants, journalists and others interested in the event. Open as of 10:00 on 5 October, the tent will be the place where participants can pick up their badges, the final programme and other information.

In addition, in the tent and on the esplanade, information on the OPEN DAYS key themes will be provided through exhibitions, videos and other activities. For example, on wednesday, October the 7th, specific activities are planned by regions, cities and other event partners on the theme “Responses to Climate Change”.
 

 

POWER cluster at EOW 2009 in Stockholm

POWER cluster project’s stand at the European Offshore Wind Conference and Exhibition in Stockholm was very well attended. Aside from the project stand POWER cluster activities were presented at the conference session “Regional Industry Development and Job Creation” and during the poster sessions.

 

Rømø Harbour becomes important wind turbine nerve centre
With 300 prospective jobs, a new quay and 250,000 m2 of store facilities, Rømø by the western coast of Denmark has gained a new role as a nerve centre for offshore wind farms in the Danish and German part of the North Sea.

A development plan for the entire island and, not least, the harbour has made it possible to handle larger and new types of ships – for instance those that are used for installing wind turbines and steel foundations offshore. Due to these facilities the transport and logistics company Blue Water Marine and Energy has decided to establish offices in the harbour, and they are moving into the building around October 1 this year.

Blue Water Marine and Energy is a department under the Esbjerg-based Blue Water Shipping, that currently has activities in large parts of the world. Blue Water focuses strongly on the wind turbine segment and, on the basis of the plans for the expansion of Rømø Harbour, the company has decided to locate some of its offices in the harbour.

“Rømø Harbour is undergoing exciting development, and we wish to be part of that,” says Søren Stougaard, a Blue Water Marine and Energy shipbroker.

Unique location
Earlier in the summer Director at Port of Rømø, Mikkel Gleerup, signed a deal with Airtricity, the energy company behind the German offshore wind farm Butendiek, about functioning as the port of disembarkation in connection with the establishment of the offshore wind farm in the most northern part of the German part of the North Sea.

Airtricity has signed an agreement with Rømø Harbour about the development of a service and maintenance centre for Butendiek, that will have a total capacity of 288 MW. The development includes buildings and land facilities for high-speed service vessels and helicopters.

“Rømø Harbour is a unique location in terms of swift reaction time when it comes to maintenance of wind turbines – both when ships and helicopters are involved,” says Martin Huss, Project Director and Manager of Butendiek Offshore Windpark GmbH & Co KG.

“In order to be able to guarantee more than 25 years’ access to the wind turbines, and thereby also 25 years’ energy production, it is essential to have a 24-hour operation and maintenance centre very close to the wind farm.”

Four focus areas
Rømø Harbour is a ‘municipal self-governance harbour’ owned by Tønder Municipality. The harbour was inaugurated in 1964 and has since then been known for fishery activities and the ferry to the German island Sild. After the harbour was turned into a municipal harbour in 2001, several development initiatives have seen the light of day – especially when it comes to tourism. Since 2005 the focus has been on four areas: offshore , industry (including fishery), cruise and marina. The current development plan, which focuses specifically on the offshore wind industry, includes an expansion of the harbour involving 600 metres of quay and around 250,000 m2 of new
harbour area

By Communication Consultant Søren Dybdahl, Offshore Center Danmark
 

 

More than 20.000 to visit POWER cluster OWE exhibition

From June to August 2009 more than 20,000 people visited the POWER cluster offshore wind energy exhibition installed on the museum ship Greundiek.

Since end June the interactive show has been touring to different harbours on the German North Sea cost providing answers to all sorts of questions related to energy generation from offshore wind. 

A variety of interactive exhibits and audiovisual elements as well as models of offshore wind energy equipment adds to the attractiveness of the exhibition.

Feedback from locals, tourists, politicians and media visiting the exhibition has been overwhelmingly positive laying a solid ground for the envisaged continuation of the tour to Danish and German harbours in the summer of 2010 and 2011.

The exhibition, organised by the German Offshore Wind Foundation, is partly financed by the Interreg IVB North Sea Programme of the EU and partly by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

In the Sportlight - July 2009

East Anglia wind power project takes off 

A project aimed at enabling East Anglian companies to break into the growing wind energy sector has taken a step forward after members stumped up £100,000 for a feasibility study.

The Eastern Region Wind Energy Group (ERWEG), a cluster of 24 automotive, aerospace and marine businesses across East Anglia, was set up 18 months ago by the Hethel Engineering Centre, aiming to secure a stake in the green energy industry which could create thousands of jobs in the region.

About 10 member companies have now contributed cash to kick-start the first phase of the project, which will involve drawing up a business plan and considering further possible sources of investment.

Once the initial study is complete - expected to be by the end of the year - the next phase would see companies working together to create a pilot wind turbine, likely to take about two-and-a-half years and involve about 250 people.

Once complete, the test device would enable manufacturers to market their components, with the ultimate aim of establishing a supply chain to attract existing wind turbine firms such as Vestas and Siemens to begin building in East Anglia or to set up a new turbine manufacturer in the region.

Among the contributors to the first phase of the ERWEG project are the East of England Development Agency, which has donated £10,000; Yvonne Mason, founder of marine group Fendercare and the Mason Trust; technology company Guardline; Paul Spinks, managing director of Hethel-based Active Technologies; and King's Lynn-based Cooper Roller Bearings Company.

Norwich-based PPI Engineering, Essex engineering company Smiths (Harlow) and RLE International have also provided cash.

ERWEG project director Peter Wortley said: "The money will fund a team of four people for three to four months to create a business plan element and a cost-benefit analysis to each of the companies in the group.

"It will also involve researching and applying for funding for the next phase of the project, whether it is from the public or private sector."

He added: "This is a prime opportunity to put the project together. It's about creating jobs in the UK and in the eastern region."

Dorian Hindmarsh, business development manager at Hethel Engineering Centre, added: "This has the potential to lead to a much needed market for the region's engineering and manufacturing sector.

"Securing the money is the first stage in seeing the UK breaking into the monopoly market held by the Europeans."
Source : EDP24

 

East Anglia wind power project takes off 

A project aimed at enabling East Anglian companies to break into the growing wind energy sector has taken a step forward after members stumped up £100,000 for a feasibility study.

The Eastern Region Wind Energy Group (ERWEG), a cluster of 24 automotive, aerospace and marine businesses across East Anglia, was set up 18 months ago by the Hethel Engineering Centre, aiming to secure a stake in the green energy industry which could create thousands of jobs in the region.

About 10 member companies have now contributed cash to kick-start the first phase of the project, which will involve drawing up a business plan and considering further possible sources of investment.

Once the initial study is complete - expected to be by the end of the year - the next phase would see companies working together to create a pilot wind turbine, likely to take about two-and-a-half years and involve about 250 people.

Once complete, the test device would enable manufacturers to market their components, with the ultimate aim of establishing a supply chain to attract existing wind turbine firms such as Vestas and Siemens to begin building in East Anglia or to set up a new turbine manufacturer in the region.

Among the contributors to the first phase of the ERWEG project are the East of England Development Agency, which has donated £10,000; Yvonne Mason, founder of marine group Fendercare and the Mason Trust; technology company Guardline; Paul Spinks, managing director of Hethel-based Active Technologies; and King's Lynn-based Cooper Roller Bearings Company.

Norwich-based PPI Engineering, Essex engineering company Smiths (Harlow) and RLE International have also provided cash.

ERWEG project director Peter Wortley said: "The money will fund a team of four people for three to four months to create a business plan element and a cost-benefit analysis to each of the companies in the group.

"It will also involve researching and applying for funding for the next phase of the project, whether it is from the public or private sector."

He added: "This is a prime opportunity to put the project together. It's about creating jobs in the UK and in the eastern region."

Dorian Hindmarsh, business development manager at Hethel Engineering Centre, added: "This has the potential to lead to a much needed market for the region's engineering and manufacturing sector.

"Securing the money is the first stage in seeing the UK breaking into the monopoly market held by the Europeans."
Source : EDP24

 

In the Spotlight - June 2009

Hywind Offshore Turbine Towed to Final Destination

StatoilHydro's Hywind, the world's first full-scale floating wind turbine, has been towed to its final destination 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) southwest of Karmøy, where it will be moored to the seabed. A two-year testing period for the wind turbine will begin in the autumn of 2009.
 
The Hywind concept, developed by StatoilHydro, combines technology to open up the possibility of wind energy installation in deepwater environments.
 
A turbine is attached to a spar-buoy. The floating structure consists of a steel jacket filled with ballast. This floating element will extend 100 meters (328 ft) beneath the water's surface and will be fastened to the seabed by three anchor piles.
The windmill itself is built by Siemens. Technip built the floating elements and is in charge of the offshore installation. Nexans will install the cable to shore and Haugaland Kraft will be responsible for the landfall.
 
The project was assembled in Åmøyfjorden near Stavanger.
 
The 2.3 MW Hywind turbine weighs 138 tons and is 65 meters (213 ft) tall with a rotor diameter of 82.4 meters (270 ft). The turbine can be placed in water depths between 120 meters to 700 meters (393 ft to 2,296 ft).
StatoilHydro is investing around NOK 400 million (US$61.9 million) in the construction and further development of the pilot, and in research and development related to the wind turbine concept. Public corporation Enova SF has granted NOK 59 million (US$9.13 million) in support for the project.
 
 
Find more information about the Hywind test site here

Hywind Offshore Turbine Towed to Final Destination

StatoilHydro's Hywind, the world's first full-scale floating wind turbine, has been towed to its final destination 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) southwest of Karmøy, where it will be moored to the seabed. A two-year testing period for the wind turbine will begin in the autumn of 2009.
 
The Hywind concept, developed by StatoilHydro, combines technology to open up the possibility of wind energy installation in deepwater environments.
 
A turbine is attached to a spar-buoy. The floating structure consists of a steel jacket filled with ballast. This floating element will extend 100 meters (328 ft) beneath the water's surface and will be fastened to the seabed by three anchor piles.
The windmill itself is built by Siemens. Technip built the floating elements and is in charge of the offshore installation. Nexans will install the cable to shore and Haugaland Kraft will be responsible for the landfall.
 
The project was assembled in Åmøyfjorden near Stavanger.
 
The 2.3 MW Hywind turbine weighs 138 tons and is 65 meters (213 ft) tall with a rotor diameter of 82.4 meters (270 ft). The turbine can be placed in water depths between 120 meters to 700 meters (393 ft to 2,296 ft).
StatoilHydro is investing around NOK 400 million (US$61.9 million) in the construction and further development of the pilot, and in research and development related to the wind turbine concept. Public corporation Enova SF has granted NOK 59 million (US$9.13 million) in support for the project.
 
 
Find more information about the Hywind test site here
In the Spotlight - May 2009

Germany’s First Offshore Wind Farm „Alpha Ventus“ Resumes Offshore Construction after Winter Break

After the successful installation of the offshore transformer station in autumn 2008 - 45 km north of the german island Borkum - the work on the first german offshore wind farm „Alpha Ventus“ has been resumed. By now, one foundation was anchored to the seabed and more will follow in the next months. In the end of 2009 the installation of twelve 5-MW wind turbines shall be finished. “AREVA Multibrid” is supplying six of the twelve wind turbines, which will be delivered ready for use. The Bremerhaven company produces the turbines and is also responsible for their installation at sea. These turbines will form the southern section of the wind farm. Six further turbines are being supplied by “Repower”, which has its headquarters in Hamburg.
For the first time 5-MW turbines will be constructed and operated under offshore conditions at a water depth of 30 metres. The research and development results of this project will be integrated into the construction, building and operation of future offshore wind farms. Located 400 m northwest of the future location of the windfarm “alpha ventus”, the testsite platform FINO 1 hosts a webcam were the ongoing construction work can be monitored via the internet.

More information

Germany’s First Offshore Wind Farm „Alpha Ventus“ Resumes Offshore Construction after Winter Break

After the successful installation of the offshore transformer station in autumn 2008 - 45 km north of the german island Borkum - the work on the first german offshore wind farm „Alpha Ventus“ has been resumed. By now, one foundation was anchored to the seabed and more will follow in the next months. In the end of 2009 the installation of twelve 5-MW wind turbines shall be finished. “AREVA Multibrid” is supplying six of the twelve wind turbines, which will be delivered ready for use. The Bremerhaven company produces the turbines and is also responsible for their installation at sea. These turbines will form the southern section of the wind farm. Six further turbines are being supplied by “Repower”, which has its headquarters in Hamburg.
For the first time 5-MW turbines will be constructed and operated under offshore conditions at a water depth of 30 metres. The research and development results of this project will be integrated into the construction, building and operation of future offshore wind farms. Located 400 m northwest of the future location of the windfarm “alpha ventus”, the testsite platform FINO 1 hosts a webcam were the ongoing construction work can be monitored via the internet.

More information

In the Spotlight - April 2009

A WIND of Change Is All Set to Blow Through the Port of Lowestoft

For the port will become the operations centre for the Greater Gabbard Offshore Windfarm which, when completed, will be the world's largest offshore wind farm.

The turbines will be located 15 miles off the Suffolk coast, and Lowestoft's Outer Harbour is being used to house the necessary operational support facilities.

Port owner Associated British Ports (ABP) is carrying out significant investment in the construction of facilities next to the Waveney Dock. The port will also play host to a fleet of high-speed offshore catamarans, capable of reaching the wind farm in approximately one hour. It is expected that the port development will generate around 150 local jobs in the town.

Alastair MacFarlane, ABP Port Manager East Anglia, said: "Lowestoft has a long-established reputation as a centre for the offshore energy industry, and the port's central role in the operation of the Greater Gabbard wind farm will only act to enhance this reputation."

The wind farm is being developed by Airtricity, the renewables development division of Scottish and Southern Energy plc (SSE) in a 50-50 joint venture with RWE Innogy.

Airtricity's Project Director John Hill explained a little more about the windfarm. "The turbines are being installed off the Suffolk coast, adjacent to two sand banks known as Inner Gabbard and Galloper," he said.

"Consisting of 140 offshore wind turbines and two offshore substations, the project will produce electricity sufficient to power more than 415,000 homes. Three sub-sea export cables will export the power back to shore, landing at Sizewell. The wind farm is scheduled to produce its first power later this year, with final completion in early 2011."

An existing warehouse at the Waveney Fish Market is being converted for office use by Bidwells Building Consultancy, ready to house GGOW's onshore operational centre. The actual construction work is being carried out by ISG Jackson.

Bret Hallworth, partner at Bidwells, said: "This project will create a fully-refurbished environment from a former Waveney Fish Market warehouse, which has been empty for a number of years and will help to revive the area as a whole." 
 
Source: The Lowestoft Journal 24

Swedish Network as Extended Arm of POWER cluster

Power Väst is a Swedish network that was created as a Swedish counterpart for POWER cluster. The purpose is to promote information and results from the POWER cluster project, to implement results, act as an intermediary etc.

In short, Power Väst is the extended arm of POWER cluster in the Swedish energy sector. Power Väst has also started its own project with industry and research institutes promoting the development of Swedish wind turbine production. Several POWER cluster partners are participating in this ambition; Öckerö Kommun, Chalmers and the Region Västra Götaland. 

The Swedish Energy Agency is planning to produce 30 TWh wind energy in Sweden before 2020. Our conclusion is that Swedish wind turbine production has a window of opportunity to establish itself on the market in order tio fulfil this goal. The goal of Power Väst is to initiate cooperation between industrial companies which have a common objective in contributing to the production of wind turbines, in the western part of Sweden or as subcontracdtors elsewhere. To reach this goal, Power Väst is supporting the build-up of a cluster-network consisting of suppliers to the wind industry. 

Wind turbine production requires many different competences and the cooperation between practitioners of different types of industrial expertise. Power Väst is promoting cooperation and coordination between different competences at all levels, including research and education.

Another challenge is the lead-time between application and the permission to build a wind farm which is not coordinated with production and market conditions. The ambition of Power Väst is to shorten the administrative handling of permits and make it easier and faster to start production of wind energy onshore and offshore.

Contact for the project is Henrik Aleryd. E-mail: henrik.aleryd@innovatum.se

A WIND of Change Is All Set to Blow Through the Port of Lowestoft

For the port will become the operations centre for the Greater Gabbard Offshore Windfarm which, when completed, will be the world's largest offshore wind farm.

The turbines will be located 15 miles off the Suffolk coast, and Lowestoft's Outer Harbour is being used to house the necessary operational support facilities.

Port owner Associated British Ports (ABP) is carrying out significant investment in the construction of facilities next to the Waveney Dock. The port will also play host to a fleet of high-speed offshore catamarans, capable of reaching the wind farm in approximately one hour. It is expected that the port development will generate around 150 local jobs in the town.

Alastair MacFarlane, ABP Port Manager East Anglia, said: "Lowestoft has a long-established reputation as a centre for the offshore energy industry, and the port's central role in the operation of the Greater Gabbard wind farm will only act to enhance this reputation."

The wind farm is being developed by Airtricity, the renewables development division of Scottish and Southern Energy plc (SSE) in a 50-50 joint venture with RWE Innogy.

Airtricity's Project Director John Hill explained a little more about the windfarm. "The turbines are being installed off the Suffolk coast, adjacent to two sand banks known as Inner Gabbard and Galloper," he said.

"Consisting of 140 offshore wind turbines and two offshore substations, the project will produce electricity sufficient to power more than 415,000 homes. Three sub-sea export cables will export the power back to shore, landing at Sizewell. The wind farm is scheduled to produce its first power later this year, with final completion in early 2011."

An existing warehouse at the Waveney Fish Market is being converted for office use by Bidwells Building Consultancy, ready to house GGOW's onshore operational centre. The actual construction work is being carried out by ISG Jackson.

Bret Hallworth, partner at Bidwells, said: "This project will create a fully-refurbished environment from a former Waveney Fish Market warehouse, which has been empty for a number of years and will help to revive the area as a whole." 
 
Source: The Lowestoft Journal 24

Swedish Network as Extended Arm of POWER cluster

Power Väst is a Swedish network that was created as a Swedish counterpart for POWER cluster. The purpose is to promote information and results from the POWER cluster project, to implement results, act as an intermediary etc.

In short, Power Väst is the extended arm of POWER cluster in the Swedish energy sector. Power Väst has also started its own project with industry and research institutes promoting the development of Swedish wind turbine production. Several POWER cluster partners are participating in this ambition; Öckerö Kommun, Chalmers and the Region Västra Götaland. 

The Swedish Energy Agency is planning to produce 30 TWh wind energy in Sweden before 2020. Our conclusion is that Swedish wind turbine production has a window of opportunity to establish itself on the market in order tio fulfil this goal. The goal of Power Väst is to initiate cooperation between industrial companies which have a common objective in contributing to the production of wind turbines, in the western part of Sweden or as subcontracdtors elsewhere. To reach this goal, Power Väst is supporting the build-up of a cluster-network consisting of suppliers to the wind industry. 

Wind turbine production requires many different competences and the cooperation between practitioners of different types of industrial expertise. Power Väst is promoting cooperation and coordination between different competences at all levels, including research and education.

Another challenge is the lead-time between application and the permission to build a wind farm which is not coordinated with production and market conditions. The ambition of Power Väst is to shorten the administrative handling of permits and make it easier and faster to start production of wind energy onshore and offshore.

Contact for the project is Henrik Aleryd. E-mail: henrik.aleryd@innovatum.se

In the spotlight - March 2009
Danish Offshore Wind Farms – What Will Happen After 2012?

The Danish offshore wind expansion is fully planned until 2012 with the offshore wind farms Horns Rev 2, Rødsand 2 and Djursland/Anholt. But what will happen afterwards? The Danish Energy Agency has mapped possible locations for future offshore wind farms but an actual location is not yet settled upon.

Furthermore the subject of offshore wind is brought into focus in the EU with the common European power transmission project, Kriegers Flak. How is this going to affect the Danish planning, research and cooperation on new offshore wind farms? These topics among others will be highlighted at the Danish Offshore Wind Conference in end April this year. The conference, which will be held in Danish, is jointly organised by the Danish Wind Industry Association, VindkraftNet and the POWER cluster partner Offshore Center Danmark

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Danish Offshore Wind Farms – What Will Happen After 2012?

The Danish offshore wind expansion is fully planned until 2012 with the offshore wind farms Horns Rev 2, Rødsand 2 and Djursland/Anholt. But what will happen afterwards? The Danish Energy Agency has mapped possible locations for future offshore wind farms but an actual location is not yet settled upon.

Furthermore the subject of offshore wind is brought into focus in the EU with the common European power transmission project, Kriegers Flak. How is this going to affect the Danish planning, research and cooperation on new offshore wind farms? These topics among others will be highlighted at the Danish Offshore Wind Conference in end April this year. The conference, which will be held in Danish, is jointly organised by the Danish Wind Industry Association, VindkraftNet and the POWER cluster partner Offshore Center Danmark

Read more