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CG simultaneously tests transformers under extreme circumstances

CG simultaneously tests transformers under extreme circumstances | Belgian offshore wind energy news | Scoop.it
Not only the gearboxes of wind turbines are subject to extreme stresses. Transformers are also a critical component. CG Power Systems, a manufacturer of such transformers, was looking for a partner to test its transformers under extreme conditions. It found that partner in Sirris. Pieter Jan Jordaens, Project Leader at Sirris, explains: “CG Power Systems uses our large climate chamber regularly to test and validate its transformers. The aim is to test reliability at very high temperatures and at cold startup.” The tests are performed at temperatures ranging from -40 °C to +50 °C.
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Belgian Offshore Wind Industry

Belgian Offshore Wind Industry | Belgian offshore wind energy news | Scoop.it

Belgian offshore wind industry is gaining momentum, especially after OWI-Lab invested in new wind turbine test facility and Alstom completed the installation of its new-generation offshore wind turbine.

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Belgium: Alstom Installs 6MW Haliade Offshore Wind Turbine >> Offshore Wind

Belgium: Alstom Installs 6MW Haliade Offshore Wind Turbine >> Offshore Wind | Belgian offshore wind energy news | Scoop.it

This weekend, Alstom completed the seaside installation of its new-generation offshore wind turbine, the 6-MW Haliade™ 150, off Ostend harbour at the Belwind site in Belgium.

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OWI-Lab Invests in New Wind Turbine Test Facility

OWI-Lab Invests in New Wind Turbine Test Facility | Belgian offshore wind energy news | Scoop.it

Wind energy production is fast expanding in remote areas where wind turbines need to work under extreme climatic conditions. Such remote locations very often have profitable wind conditions and are not affected by the ‘not in my backyard syndrome’. On the other hand, the climatic conditions can be very harsh to operate such a remote located wind turbine.

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Elia Seeks Offshore Substation Supplier for Belgian Offshore Grid Project >> Offshore Wind

Elia Seeks Offshore Substation Supplier for Belgian Offshore Grid Project >> Offshore Wind | Belgian offshore wind energy news | Scoop.it

Elia Asset NV is looking for a supplier of a high-voltage offshore substation for its Belgian Offshore Grid (BOG) project.

The work includes the design, engineering, supply, construction, installation and commissioning of the offshore substation. Also, the contract may incorporate the operation, maintenance and repair of these infrastructures.

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Nieuw industrieel ondernemen - Fabriek van de toekomst - Sky Man International levert wereldwijd sneller onderhoudskooien : De Tijd

Nieuw industrieel ondernemen - Fabriek van de toekomst - Sky Man International levert wereldwijd sneller onderhoudskooien : De Tijd | Belgian offshore wind energy news | Scoop.it
Uw bedrijf lijkt prima georganiseerd en is dat wellicht ook, grotendeels. Maar wat als er een schakel in uw productie- en leveringsketen toch geregeld hapert? Dan stokt de ketting. Sky Man International werkt samen met een Vlaams expertisecentrum.
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Hefschip Bold Tern moet voor Alstom cruciale windturbine vervoeren

Op Oostendse offshore-hub meert hefschip aan dat windturbine van Alstom naar Belwind II zal brengen. Voor Alstom staat erg veel op het spel: een bestelling van 240 machines.
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Elia: «Afspringen Stevin-project zou vier tot vijf jaar kosten»

Door beslissing van het Grondwettelijk Hof komt ook Elia's Stevin-project in gedrang. "Opnieuw beginnen kost 4 à 5 jaar", vertelt Project Director Ilse Tant in interview over het project.

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GEOxyz Opens New Operational Base in Port of Oostende

GEOxyz Opens New Operational Base in Port of Oostende | Belgian offshore wind energy news | Scoop.it

Last month, Mr Paul Gerard, MD, Port of Oostende and C.E.O. of REBO (Renewable Energy Base Oostende), was on hand to officiate at the opening of GEOxyz’s new forward operating hub in the Port of Oostende.

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Belgium: Offshore Wind Business Expands in Port of Oostende >> Offshore Wind

Belgium: Offshore Wind Business Expands in Port of Oostende >> Offshore Wind | Belgian offshore wind energy news | Scoop.it

On Monday 19th August 2 new projects officially started at the Zeewezendok in the Port of Ostend: the erection of a new building and an extensive renovation to the existing Rebo building. Brand new locations for two important companies active in the wind energy business: Vestas Offshore and Parkwind.

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Northwind substation in the sea

Northwind substation in the sea | Belgian offshore wind energy news | Scoop.it
The substation for Colruyt and Aspiravi’s 216MW Northwind wind farm project in the Belgian North Sea has been installed by the Rambiz crane barge.
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Belgian motorways to become wind energy corridors - EWEA Blog

Belgian motorways to become wind energy corridors - EWEA Blog | Belgian offshore wind energy news | Scoop.it

Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium, is considering placing wind turbines along its motorways to meet its ambitious renewable energy targets, Carlo Di Antonio, the Belgian minister of public works has announced.

The minister told Belgian radio at the end of June that he planned to come forward with a plan “in a few weeks” that will show how wind turbines can be placed “almost exclusively” along motorways and their service roads.

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Belgian Offshore Wind Powers 800,000 Homes

Belgian Offshore Wind Powers 800,000 Homes | Belgian offshore wind energy news | Scoop.it

About 722,000 MWh of renewable energy was produced by 181 turbines located in the Belgian part of the North Sea in the first quarter this year.

The produced electricity at Thornton Bank, Belwind and Northwind wind farms was enough to power around 800,000 households in the same period.

With a total installed capacity of 712 MW, the offshore wind industry represents a significant part to the energy supply of the Belgian energy market.

In the coming years, five more offshore wind farms are planned to go online – Seastar, Mermaid, Northwester2, Norther, RENTEL, as well as the second phase in the Belwind.

Once all eight projects are fully realized (2020), they will have a total capacity of 2,200MW and will produce over 8 TWh annually. It corresponds to 10% of total electricity consumption in Belgium.

“This again confirms that offshore wind energy already became an important area concerning the Belgian supply. With the further development of the parks this proportion will increase even more,”said Jean de Leu, president of the Belgian Offshore Platform.


Via Pieter Jan Jordaens
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DONG Energy Orders Second Floating LiDAR Device

DONG Energy Orders Second Floating LiDAR Device | Belgian offshore wind energy news | Scoop.it

Following five months of successful, high availability offshore operation of their first device, DONG Energy has just placed an order for the latest version of FLiDAR’s floating lidar wind measurement equipment.

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GL RC Certifies CG’s Transformer for Offshore Application

GL RC Certifies CG’s Transformer for Offshore Application | Belgian offshore wind energy news | Scoop.it

Transformer manufacturer CG has received certification from GL Renewables Certifcation (GL RC) for its liquid immersed SLIM® and “Bio-SLIM® distribution transformer.

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Mainstream to deploy Floating LiDAR in the North Sea

Mainstream to deploy Floating LiDAR in the North Sea | Belgian offshore wind energy news | Scoop.it
Mainstream Renewable Power announced today will deploy the first commercial floating LiDAR (FLiDAR) wind measurement device in the North Sea.

The device, which will support its proposed 450MW Neart Na Gaoithe offshore wind farm, is designed to capture wind data in the harshest conditions.

A deal has been signed with technology providers FLiDAR NV, for the launch of the floating LiDAR to the site almost 16km off the Fife Ness Coast early next year. Prior to its launch, the floating LiDAR will also be the first device to be validated at Narec’s newly installed Offshore Anemometry and Research Platform located off the coast of Blyth, Northumberland.

FLiDAR technology signals a significant shift from the reliance on fixed offshore meteorological (met) masts in assessing the potential wind resource for offshore wind farms. The Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, which supports the development and rapid commercialisation of technology solutions across the sector, will continue to work closely with Mainstream and its partners to promote the use of floating LiDAR.

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De plannen van Elia in de Belgische offshore - artikel (via Engineeringnet.be)

De plannen van Elia in de Belgische offshore - artikel (via Engineeringnet.be) | Belgian offshore wind energy news | Scoop.it
Offshore windenergie zal in de toekomst een erg belangrijke rol in de elektriciteitsvoorziening spelen. In België dient het transport- en distributienetwerk aangepast te worden.
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Video: The Belgian offshore wind industry (part 2)

The Belgian offshore wind sector is also building a solid reputation in the rest of Europe. Because of its expert knowledge and know-how, wind farm design/co...
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The Belgian offshore wind industry (Video)

The Belgian offshore wind industry (Video) | Belgian offshore wind energy news | Scoop.it
Offshore wind not only guarantees power supply in Belgium, but it also creates direct and indirect employment in innovative technology. Belgium is currently ...
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Belgium: Alstom Hires Bold Tern

Belgium: Alstom Hires Bold Tern | Belgian offshore wind energy news | Scoop.it

Alstom has hired “Bold Tern” jack-up installation vessel, owned by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, to complete the offshore operations at the Belwind offshore wind farm.

Recently, the company announced that they have faced a delay during the installation of Alstom’s 6MW Haliade 150 offshore wind turbine, for which they found a solution in the form of another vessel.

The wind turbine was scheduled to be completely installed in July, however, pile dredging and grouting of the jacket installation have taken a large part of the slot that Alstom had with the jack-up vessel ‘Pacific Osprey’, which could not be extended.

After Bold Tern arrives to the port of Ostend this week, the preliminary works (loading of components) will ensue.

The company expects that the turbine will be fully installed in the course of October.

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Windmolenpark C-Power goed voor 100 jobs

Windmolenpark C-Power goed voor 100 jobs | Belgian offshore wind energy news | Scoop.it
Het eerste windmolenpark op de Noordzee draait eindelijk op volle toeren. Tien jaar lang werkte C-Power aan het project op de Thorntonbank voor de kust van Oostende. De komende twintig jaar zullen 100 werknemers nodig zijn om het park uit te baten.
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Belgium: Vroon and MPI Vessels Working on Northwind Project >> Offshore Wind

Belgium: Vroon and MPI Vessels Working on Northwind Project >> Offshore Wind | Belgian offshore wind energy news | Scoop.it

As construction of the Northwind offshore windfarm continues, a number of Vroon and MPI vessels are employed on this project. The windfarm, situated off Zeebrugge in Belgium, will consist of more than 70 offshore wind turbines, providing 216 MW, enough power for 120,000 households.

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Last turbine in at Thornton Bank

Last turbine in at Thornton Bank | Belgian offshore wind energy news | Scoop.it
The last turbine has been installed at Belgium’s 325MW Thornton Bank offshore wind farm, with full commissioning due within weeks, said project shareholder RWE.
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CG French wind substation deal

Power systems group CG has won a €3.5m ($4.5m) contract to provide a substation for the 75MW Seine Rive Gauche Nord onshore wind farm project in France.
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