£81bn+ worth of UK renewables projects in line

Construction data provider Barbour ABI published the data that shows there are 405 renewable energy projects in the pipeline for British businesses, reports Link2Portal. Worth a combined £81bn, these projects now account for about 47 per cent of proposed UK infrastructure spending in the UK. Barbour ABI, which provides information on the building industry to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the government, said that all but 17 of these schemes are new build.

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Full power at West of Duddon Sands

Full power output has been achieved more than two months ahead of schedule from West of Duddon Sands Offshore Windfarm, a major renewable energy project which has been developed by ScottishPower Renewables and DONG Energy in the Irish Sea. The news came on the day that the 389 megawatt (MW) windfarm was officially opened by Energy Secretary Ed Davey, joined by ScottishPower and Iberdrola Chairman Ignacio Galan and DONG Energy Executive Vice President Wind Power, Samuel Leupold.

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HR Wallingford’s ‘Fast Flow’ sea simulator

A facility that simulates sea conditions has opened in Oxfordshire, reports BBC News.The Fast Flow Facility, in Wallingford, has a 75 metre-long, eight metre-wide flume, which holds a million litres of water and can generate metre-high waves. It has been built to help engineers improve the design of sea structures such as oil rigs and wind turbines. The centre, at HR Wallingford in Howbery Park, will be officially opened by Lord Heseltine later.

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Ecofys to tackle Navitus O&M

Ecofys has won a deal to cover operation and maintenance at the 970MW Navitus Bay offshore wind farm in the UK, reports reNews. The agreement covers “all assets” of the project, from the turbines, foundations and subsea cables to the high voltage substations. Ecofys said in a statement: “The main objective is to maximise and secure the project’s revenues while driving down operational expenses.”

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Invitation to bid for French inter-array cabling

Eolien Maritime France, a subsidiary of EDF EN France and DONG Energy, has invited tenders for the delivery and installation of inter-array grid for Courseulles sur Mer, Fecamp and Saint-Nazaire’s offshore wind farms, reports OffshroeWind.biz.The scope concerns the design, engineering, procurement, construction, transport, storage, installation, commissioning, testing and other services for the three wind farms. Divided in three lots, tenders may be submitted for one or more lots.

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SeaRoc teams up with HSEQ Experts

SeaRoc Group Ltd and HSEQ Experts GmbH have completed a collaboration agreement to provide a combined service offering to help support the construction and operation of offshore wind farms in Germany and other European markets, reports Renewable Energy Focus. The two companies have been working together since March 2014 and this agreement formalizes their existing arrangement.

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Four renewable energy trusts to raise £380m

Investment trusts investing in renewable energy sources have embarked on a spree of capital raising as popularity of the sector continues to grow, reports FT Adviser. Last week, the Foresight Solar fund announced it had raised £60m to invest in new projects, while three other renewable trusts are looking to raise a combined £320m.

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Irish wind gets €100m EIB boost

Irish utility ESB has received €100m in European Investment Bank funding to back efforts to integrate wind generation on the transmission network, reports reNews. The 20-year loan is the second tranche of an overall package of €200m and will help link projects in the south-west. It will also cover construction of five new substations. ESB Networks managing director Marguerite Sayers said the funding would contribute to “developing world-class energy infrastructure”.

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£250k award buoys PLAT-O

Isle of Wight-based Sustainable Marine Energy has received £250,000 in funding to help develop its PLAT-O tidal turbine platform, reports reNews. Trials on the unit are underway and the cash from the Low Carbon Innovation Fund, managed by merchant bank Turquoise International, will back deployments in more energy-intensive tides in 2015. PLAT-O  is a buoyant, taut-moored subsurface tidal energy platform that can be used to deploy turbines into a tidal stream’s sweet spot.

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Fukushima offshore floating wind project

The second phase of the Fukushima Floating Offshore Wind Farm Demonstration Project has commenced. Preparatory works for the installation of the 7MW wind turbine on the three-column semi-sub floater at Onahama port, Fukushima, are almost completed as the floater left Nagasaki today, reports OffshoreWind.biz.  The second phase includes the assembly and setting of two 7MW oil pressure drive-type floating wind turbines, delivery of the facilities to the testing area and connection to the subsea cable.

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