Offshore Wind

The expansion of offshore wind energy will benefit not only manufacturers of wind turbines but also ports with new business fields and revenue sources, shipping companies and the maritime supply industry.

TECHNICAL ARTICLES

GNSS

Precise positioning on the high seas

The requirements for the positioning and arrangement of offshore wind turbines are becoming more and more demanding. This applies both to determining positions as precisely as possible at sea and the configuration of all turbines in a wind farm. With the help of redundant Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) reference stations, service providers at wind farm facilities can clearly and repeatedly position and navigate their vessels for installation, relocation and maintenance work, write Jürgen Rüffer and Michael Schulz, managing directors at Allsat GmbH, Hanover, and Dr Gerhard Wübbena, managing director at Geo++ GmbH, Garbsen.

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International Consortium

Floating wind farm to be developed off Ulsan coast

An international consortium has been set up to develop a floating wind farm off the coast of Ulsan in South Korea.

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WTIV

A new generation of jack-up vessels

With the dawn of the new 12-MW offshore wind turbines, installation capacities of the current, third generation wind turbine installation vessels (WTIVs) will be pushed to the limits and beyond. A new generation of jack-up vessels is necessary to serve the future offshore wind industry..

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