- Published: 30 March 2020 30 March 2020
The energy transition is well under way and the capacity of wind and solar generation is increasing. Still, to reach the targets agreed upon in the Paris Agreement these are not happening fast enough, especially as decarbonisation becomes increasingly more difficult. One of the challenges yet to be tackled is developing scalable solutions to cope with the variations in electricity generation and demand.
By Marcel Eijgelaar, Researcher, DNV GL
A Dangerous Trend is Challenging the Success of Wind Power Around the Globe: Concentration and Monopolisation
- Published: 04 February 2020 04 February 2020
Today it seems to be common sense that renewables are understood to be decentralised energy sources, which also bring manifold new benefits. As renewables need to and can be harvested locally and practically everywhere, people all over the world have the opportunity to benefit from the resulting economic developments.
By Stefan Gsänger, Secretary General, World Wind Energy Association, Germany
- Published: 11 November 2019 11 November 2019
Earlier in 2019, the UK’s Offshore Wind Sector Deal set ambitious targets to more than treble highly skilled jobs from 7,200 today to 27,000 by 2030. Whose job is it to find the workers we will need?
By Vicki Ashton, Strategic Resourcing and Talent Manager for JDR Cable Systems, part of TFKable Group, UK
- Published: 08 October 2019 08 October 2019
In 2018, 11 manufacturers installed 735 units of offshore wind turbines globally, totalling 3,693MW of capacity. Six out of the top ten suppliers are from China: Shanghai Electric, Envision, Goldwind, Mingyang, United Power and XEMC. While China is certainly dominant in terms of supplying offshore turbines, it is still playing catch-up in terms of offshore turbine technology.
By Feng Zhao, Strategy Director, Global Wind Energy Council
- Published: 27 August 2019 27 August 2019
Over the past decade the energy sector has seen unprecedented moves towards consolidation with systematic mergers and acquisitions among utilities, original equipment manufacturers and Internet service providers. This is a natural market tendency when searching for economies of scale and pooling of resources especially in a market plagued by uncertainty. Operational excellence and economic leverage are the targets used to deliver improved performance that should ultimately translate into savings for the end user. However, there is an undeniable downside to this approach which hinders that very same goal. The industry is at a point where we should ask: will these market tendencies thwart innovation? Will it become a zero-sum game that can compromise the sector’s goals and, more importantly, is there anything we can do about it?
By André Moura, Founder and CEO of Pro-Drone and an EIT InnoEnergy CommUnity Advisory Board Member
- Published: 03 June 2019 03 June 2019
Last year construction began on the world’s first 1GW+ offshore wind farm in the North Sea – Hornsea 1 – with the first blades turning this February. A major milestone in our sustainable energy transition, the next generation of offshore wind projects rival the capacity of traditional fossil-fuel plants. Concurrently, the past 12 months have seen shifts in focus across markets, specifications and finance.
As the US Offshore Wind conference approaches, Eoghan Quinn, Global Wind Lead for the newly branded Worley, reflects on the ever-evolving environment of offshore wind.