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Old November 16th, 2017, 04:16 PM   #181
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Economical benefits of offshore wind industry

From today's News Post Leader @ http://www.newspostleader.co.uk/news...stry-1-8858460
Economical benefits of offshore wind industry
David Sedgwick 16 November 2017


Installation work on the offshore turbines at Blyth.

Areas key to the offshore wind industry are reaping the economic benefits, a new report has revealed.

The report – Offshore Wind: Regenerating Regions – Investment and Innovation in the UK, published by RenewableUK – highlights the important of the industry, with Blyth earmarked as a key site. It also contains case studies of innovative local companies working in the sector including the supply chain. Among the areas highlighted are the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult testing site at Blyth, an innovation hub for the offshore wind industry which will shortly be welcoming the world’s largest wind turbine blade, made by LM Wind Power, which is 88.4 meters long.

Richard Harrington, Energy Minister, said: “Britain is leading the world in developing offshore wind at a competitive price for consumers. “New offshore wind projects will cost half as much as those proposed just two years ago, thanks to our competitive auctions, and we have committed up to a further £557million for renewable projects. As this report shows, the sector is attracting investment that is helping to transform economies and communities across the country. We want to build on our successes to date and we are working with the industry as we build our industrial strategy.”

RenewableUK’s chief executive Hugh McNeal said: “Innovative companies in the North East are playing an important role in the UK’s world-leading offshore wind industry. This report looks at the wide range of companies in places like Hartlepool, Blyth, Darlington, Newton Aycliffe and Stokesley, as well as projects operating or being built off the coast – and plans for even bigger offshore wind farms in the future in this area. 2017 has been a milestone year for the UK’s world-leading offshore wind industry. Record-breaking cost reductions, confirmation of new power auctions, and offshore wind placed at the heart of the nation’s Clean Growth Strategy, mean that this sector is now a key part of British industry. We’re creating thousands of jobs in an industry with a vibrant supply chain and attracting billions in investment to the UK.”

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An interesting story from the Westmorland Gazette:

"Kirkby Moor windfarm will close next year following impassioned opposition to extension plans



A CONTROVERSIAL proposal to extend the life of a Furness windfarm has been rejected following overwhelming opposition from local residents and businesses.

Members of South Lakeland District Council's planning committee were less certain, but voted six-to-five in favour of rejecting an application keep the windfarm open until 2027.

It means the 12-turbine windfarm will be decommissioned next year, having been on the moor since 1992."


Full story at http://www.thewestmorlandgazette.co....tension_plans/
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Old February 13th, 2018, 01:33 PM   #183
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This from the News & Star,---



Solway Coast energy projects receive grants from Robin Rigg wind farm fund
Groups from Workington to Carlisle benefit from E.ON cash



Groups in and around West Cumbria have received a share of £65,000 to spend on projects promoting sustainable living.

The Castle Hill Trust in Maryport, which runs volunteer-led sessions and events including arts and crafts, youth activities and a job club, was given £15,000 to upgrade its heating system.

It was among a host of grants issued from the Robin Rigg West Cumbria Fund, which supports causes close to E.ON's Robin Rigg offshore wind farm.

The funding will make the grade II listed Georgian building a warmer, more pleasant place to meet, while reduced energy costs will leave more money to spend on new activities.

Jim O’Rourke, trustee, said: “I was delighted when I heard we had received the grant. The improvements should significantly reduce our energy bill, enabling us to provide more support to the local community. Cumbria Community Foundation has supported our predecessors and we are extremely grateful that they have agreed to continue to support local people through Castle Hill Trust.”

Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre, based at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle, received £10,000 to help fund its Solway Nature Networks project.

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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--


Community raise almost £3million in two weeks to purchase wind farm


MORE than 400 people have raised close to £3 million in just two weeks to help buy a community wind farm near Ulverston.

It is thought that Mean Moor wind farm is the first in the country to be transferred to community ownership from a commercial developer.

Ethical investment company, Bristol-based Thrive Renewables, has provided £7m towards the overall cost which will be repaid by the new owners.

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88.4m LM Wind Power Blade Arrives at ORE Catapult Blyth

Press release from Catapult Offshore Renewable Energy @ https://ore.catapult.org.uk/press-re...atapult-blyth/
88.4m LM Wind Power Blade Arrives at ORE Catapult Blyth



One of the world’s longest offshore wind turbine blades has arrived at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s testing facilities in Blyth, Northumberland.

The 88.4-metre LM Wind Power blade will be put through its paces at ORE Catapult’s world-leading 100m blade-test facility over the coming months.

The blade has been developed as part of XL-Blade, an EU Demowind-funded project that aims to reduce the cost of offshore wind by designing, validating and deploying the world’s largest offshore wind turbine blade.

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GE Renewable Energy and ORE Catapult sign five-year R&D agreement to advance offshore wind technologies in the UK

Press release from Catapult @ https://ore.catapult.org.uk/press-re...ies-in-the-uk/
GE Renewable Energy and ORE Catapult sign five-year R&D agreement to advance offshore wind technologies in the UK
24 April 2018



Blyth, Tuesday 24th April 2018 – GE Renewable Energy and the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult have signed a five-year research and development agreement to test and develop next generation offshore wind technologies.

GE’s recently announced Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine and existing Haliade 150-6MW will undergo advanced test and demonstration programs that accurately replicate real-world operational conditions to enhance performance and reliability. Testing will take place at ORE Catapult’s 15MW power train test facility in Blyth, Northumberland.

Research and development activities will include cooling technologies, converters, loading conditions across mechanical and electrical components, grid testing and design validation. This collaboration will drive technology improvements that will also help to develop the UK supply chain and increase access to demonstration opportunities for innovative small businesses.

Welcoming news of the agreement, UK Government Energy & Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry said, “This collaboration is great news and highlights our world-class research and testing facilities. Through our Industrial Strategy, we are making the UK a global leader in renewables, including offshore wind, with more support available than any other country in the world. With 22% of all investment in European wind projects coming to the UK, the offshore wind industry is exceptionally well placed to boost supplies of home grown clean energy whilst growing new jobs and opportunities.”

John Lavelle, president & CEO of GE’s Offshore Wind business, said “This is an important agreement because it will enable us to prove Haliade-X in a faster way by putting it under controlled and extreme conditions. Traditional testing methods rely on local wind conditions and therefore have limited repeatability for testing. By using ORE Catapult’s facilities and expertise, we will be in a better position to adapt our technology in a shortened time, reduce unplanned maintenance, increase availability and power output, while introducing new features to meet customers’ demands.”

ORE Catapult Chief Executive, Andrew Jamieson said “This five-year collaborative programme with GE Renewable Energy is a testament to the Catapult’s world-class engineering, research and development capabilities across all aspects of wind turbine development and performance. By working closely together in areas such as power trains, blades and electrical infrastructure, we look forward to helping GE to both enhance their existing portfolio and bring new products and services to the offshore wind market, while simultaneously generating significant economic growth opportunities in the UK.”

In addition to the R&D activities, the agreement also includes a £6 million (US$ 8.5 million) combined investment with Innovate UK and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to install the world’s largest and most powerful grid emulation system at the Catapult’s National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth. Supplied by GE Power, Grid Emulation, in conjunction with the Catapult’s power train test facilities, will enable the partners, UK companies and researchers to better assess the interaction between the next generation of large-scale wind turbines and the electrical distribution network in the most challenging environments.

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The five year R&D Agreement will seek to:

Improve turbine platform availability & reliability through highly accelerated life testing
Accelerate prototype certification through rigorous functional testing
Validate designs, upgrades and new technologies

ORE Catapult engineers will deliver independent performance, functionality, endurance and accelerated life testing of components, sub-assemblies, sub-systems and full systems (including the generator and converter) recreating extreme conditions in a controlled onshore environment up to 15MW rating.

The test stand will improve understanding of turbine performance, identifying manufacturing and design issues in a relatively short time period compared to field tests. Ultimately, it will reduce time to market, improve reliability and mitigate the associated costs and risks of deployment.

ORE Catapult’s testing capability replicates the effects of the wind and includes dynamic torque, axial and radial force and bending moment application to emulate operational conditions. Unbalanced rotor, brake emulations, condition monitoring and control system validation tests can also be conducted.

The Grid Emulation System (GES) will be largest and most advanced testing platform of its type in the world, capable of demonstrating Grid Code Compliance. It will also allow different wind turbine configurations—including double-fed induction generators and synchronous generators without a fully rated converter—to be tested.

https://ore.catapult.org.uk/press-re...ies-in-the-uk/


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EDF Renewables Officially Launches Pioneering Blyth Wind Farm

Press release from the Port of Blyth @ http://portofblyth.co.uk/edf-officia...yth-wind-farm/
EDF Renewables Officially Launches Pioneering Blyth Wind Farm
04/07/18



Energy giant EDF Renewables has officially opened its Port of Blyth supported Blyth Offshore Demonstrator wind farm, with leaders at the business heralding the project as the start of an exciting new phase for the company.

Matthieu Hue, chief executive of EDF Renewables, was among business leaders and politicians at the official unveiling of the wind farm in Blyth which started generating power late last year. Mr Hue said: “For us this is a very important project. EDF is committed to renewables and we’ve made it core to our strategy, developing, building and operate renewable projects all over the world – onshore and offshore. And what’s very important for us to be able to do at the Blyth project, with all its demonstration features, is validate the capabilities ahead of deploying much larger projects.”

Having supported EDF and its project partners throughout the construction phase, the Port is also now home to a long term Operations & Maintenance base for the wind farm, housing technicians from both EDF and MHI Vestas who will oversee the efficient operation of the five 8.3MW turbines. In creating the base, EDF has taken a 20 year lease on a new facility at the Port’s South Harbour terminal.

Port of Blyth Chief Executive, Martin Lawlor, said: “Supporting both the construction of the wind farm and the provision of a long term O&M base for EDF Renewables and their partners has, given the profile of the development, highlighted the Port’s capabilities to the whole wind sector. We’re delighted that the project was completed on time and that the world-first new technologies now on show just off Blyth are operating successfully and we look forward to supporting the wind farm over the coming years”.

Ronnie Campbell, MP for Blyth Valley, said at the launch that Blyth and the North East as a whole is perfectly placed to lead the future of offshore energy. We’ve got something to prove here and EDF has been marvellous. The harbour has really taken off and we can certainly be a world leader – we have proved that today.”

The 41.5MW farm is now powering up to 34,000 homes. More information on the wind farm is available here.

http://portofblyth.co.uk/edf-officia...yth-wind-farm/

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Offshore Wind North East 2018

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Offshore Wind North East 2018
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This from the News & Star,---


More offshore wind turbines could come to Cumbria coast


UP to 8.5 gigawatts of electricity – enough for around six million homes – could be provided by more offshore wind turbines off the coast of England and Wales.

And some could be built off the coast of Cumbria.

The area of the Irish Sea has been named as one of the four “bidding areas” where renewable energy companies will be allowed to apply for permission.

Read more https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...cumbria-coast/
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