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Report: MA Offshore Wind Project Delayed

With work on one of the United States’ first significant offshore wind farms set to commence, the Department of the Interior has extended the environmental study of the project, casting the ...


Scotland's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens

Scotland’s largest offshore wind farm, located around 13 kilometers (roughly 8 miles) off the coast of Wick and able to power 450,000 homes, was officially opened earlier this week.


Hybrid Material Strengthens Floating Wind Farms

In a bid to better the technology that enables offshore wind farms, the FLOTANT project is delving into a plastic-concrete hybrid system that can help improve offshore wind turbine buoyancy.


Covestro Delivers Resin for China Turbine Blades

Global high-performance polymers company Covestro recently announced the delivery of its first commercial order of polyurethane raw materials designed for wind blades to China, one of the le...


VA Offshore Wind Construction Begins

In the upcoming weeks, Dominion Energy (Richmond, Virginia) will begin construction on the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, according to the company’s Chairman, President and CEO Thom...


Hornsea One to Start Generating Power

Hornsea Project One, slated to be one of the largest wind farms in the world upon completion,began supplying energy to the U.K. electricity grid this week, according to reports. The project,...


WY Utility's First Wind Farm Faces Replacement

A Wyoming utility company has filed a permit to replace its first wind farm—originally commissioned in 1998, composed of over 65 turbines—located at Foote Creek Rim I. The replacement would ...


Lawsuit Dismantles IA Wind Turbines

A lawsuit filed by Fairbank, Iowa, residents has resulted in the dismantling of three wind turbines, stemming from a judge’s order that has only happened once before nationally, and is a fir...


Turbine Blades Made with Polyurethane Resin

German materials manufacturer Covestro announced last month the operation of the first wind turbines with blades made from the company’s polyurethane infusion resin. This announcement marks ...


Ørsted Acquires Deepwater Wind for $510M

Danish energy firm Ørsted recently announced the expansion of its presence in the U.S. with the $510 million acquisition of Deepwater Wind from owner D.E. Shaw Group. The venture is to be ru...


Designers Create 'Omnidirectional' Wind Turbine

To take the power of traditional wind turbines, which function only with unidirectional wind, to the next level, Lancaster University students Nicolas Orellana and Yaseen Noorani have develo...


Self-Installing Turbine Erected Off Spanish Coast

A self-installing five-megawatt offshore wind turbine prototype has been put in place near the Canary Islands off the coast of Spain, heralding a design that can be assembled in port, elimin...


Dominion, Orsted Progress on VA Offshore Wind

Plans for Virginia’s first offshore windfarm were recently kicked off with the announcement that Dominion Energy Virginia has filed with the state’s corporation commission for approval to bu...


MA, RI Award Offshore Wind Contracts

Both Massachusetts and Rhode Island have awarded extensive offshore wind contracts, bringing Massachusetts halfway to its goal of 1.6 GW wind energy capacity by 2027, along with Rhode Island...


Navy Says 'No' to Some CA Offshore Wind Plans

While plans for wind farms off the coast of California continue to move forward, the U.S. Navy may stand in the way of some development after releasing a map indicating areas where arrays wo...


NYC Council Bill Talks Rooftop Turbines

The New York City Council passed a bill Monday (April 23) that would standardize the installation of wind turbines on rooftops, which is part of a larger move to reduce the city’s carbon emi...


Most Powerful Wind Turbine Installed Off UK Coast

The world’s most powerful wind turbine—the first of two—was successfully installed last Monday at Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, located off the coast of northeast Sc...


Floating Wind Farm Could Be Coming to CA

EDP Renewables, working in conjunction with four other companies and a Northern California power provider, is moving to develop the first United States offshore wind farm to feature floating...


Turbine Supplier Chosen for Hornsea Two

Wind energy firm Ørsted recently announced the selection of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy as the exclusive wind turbine supplier for Hornsea Project Two, a successor to Hornsea Project One...


Work Begins on Australia's Biggest Wind Farm

Construction on Australia’s largest wind farm began last week, ushering in part of the Queensland Labor government’s commitment to creating 50 percent renewable energy by 2030.


New Reports Address Offshore Corrosion

Two reports commissioned by the NeSSIE project, an endeavor geared toward developing offshore renewables demonstration projects related to corrosion issues, investigated the economic potenti...


Massive UK Wind Farm Build Begins

The first monopiles for the world’s largest offshore wind farm have been installed 74 miles off the coast of Yorkshire, England, marking the beginning of construction.


Firm Bids to Build MA's First Offshore Wind Farm

In response to Massachusetts’ recent request for proposals, Bay State Wind has put in a bid to build the state’s first offshore wind farm.


Cape Wind Offshore Project Abandoned

Development of the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm, located off Cape Cod, has been called off, signaling the end of over 15 years of debate and spending and the termination of the develop...


World's Tallest Wind Turbine Built in Germany

The world’s tallest wind turbine has shouldered its way into the skyline of the German town of Gaildorf, where the overall project could produce enough energy to meet what equates to the ene...


DE, NY Consider Offshore Wind Plans

Officials in both New York and Delaware are looking at opportunities to expand renewable energy options through offshore windfarms, just as a bill was put forth in the Senate that would give...


Southern Hemisphere's Largest Wind Farm Proposed

Plans for the southern hemisphere’s largest wind farm were submitted late last month, amounting to a $1.7 billion proposal that will include the construction of over 200 wind turbines.


UK Offshore Wind Rates Drop Below Nuclear

A drop in the cost of energy generated by offshore wind farms in the U.K. is leading some in the country to rethink the future of other power technologies, including new nuclear facilities.


Offshore Wind Firm Innovates with TSA

In order to protect its offshore Arkona wind farm, E.ON (Essen, Germany) is applying a thermal spray aluminum coating to the array's monopiles, a move the company says will protect them from...


New Tall Turbines Highlight Drive for Size

Wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa announced Tuesday that it has successfully installed the tallest wind turbines in Asia, at a wind farm in Thailand, underscoring an industry trend toward lar...


Great Lakes Offshore Wind Farm Plan Progresses

The consortium behind a planned offshore wind farm for Lake Erie near Cleveland is working on securing suppliers for the construction and installation of the array, which would be the first ...


European Nations Make Offshore Wind Pledge

Three European countries pledged Tuesday to work to increase the world’s offshore wind capacity fivefold in the next 13 years.


AkzoNobel Closes BASF Coatings Deal

Ten months after confirming its intentions, Dutch coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel has completed its acquisition of BASF’s Industrial Coatings business, which supplies products for the constr...


BASF Says Brand Meets China Standards

The Coatings Division of multinational chemical manufacturing corporation BASF has announced that its portfolio of wind energy-industry products is in compliance with future emissions guidel...


ACI Guide Covers Concrete Wind Turbines

A new publication on wind turbine towers is now available for professionals in the concrete industry.


Coating Guards Offshore Turbines from Sun

A new protective coating primarily for offshore turbines is designed to protect against UV damage in addition to corrosion and abrasion.


UK Goes Offshore for Massive Wind Farm

Government officials in the United Kingdom have given the green light on planning for what would be the world’s largest offshore wind farm.


Rotor Coating Claims Rain Resistance

High resistance to rain erosion is the advantage of a new coating for wind-energy rotor blades, according to manufacturer BASF.


‘Self-Installing’ Innovation

A European construction services group will achieve an industry first with the design, fabrication and installation of five full-size gravity base foundations (GBFs) for a wind farm off the ...


Coating Use Surprises Scientists

The discovery of a coating that promises to boost wind power services was purely an accident, say the researchers working under a Department of Energy program.


Turbine Breaks Records

A Des Moines-based energy provider claims it has built the largest land-based wind turbine in the United States. It is celebrating this feat by sharing the video footage, aerial photography ...


US Wind Power Jobs Up 20 Percent in 2016

New project development and construction is driving rapid job growth in U.S. wind power. The industry supported 88,000 jobs at the start of 2016—a 20 percent increase over the previous year,...


CA May Get Offshore Floating Turbines

A Seattle project development company looking to capitalize on floating offshore wind opportunities in North America has proposed a target energy site in the waters off California’s coast.


81K Acres Targeted for Energy ‘Milestone’

The federal agency responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources issued an announcement concerning the U.S. wind energy sector Wednesday (March 1...


Scientists Unveil Ice-Melting Coating

Researchers at Rice University are working on developing a composite coating to help remove ice in cold-weather applications ranging from wind turbines to aircraft wings.


Folding Blades to Protect Giant Turbines

As part of its work for the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories has developed an innovation in wind turbine blades intended to help protect them in harsh offshore environ...


Dutch Group Rethinks Wind Infrastructure

Despite the many wind farms that dot the landscape on land and offshore, the classic wind turbine isn’t the only structure that can turn wind into energy, according to the Dutch.


Season One Success for US Windfarm

America’s first offshore wind farm just reached another project milestone: wrapping up its initial offshore construction season.


Bridge Inspection Drones Fly High

As drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), begin to find their way into construction work sites, more and more contractors and state departments of transportation are turning to the syst...


SSPC Event Spotlights Power Industry

From chemistry and application to inspection and specification, coatings professionals will find a variety of topics to choose from among the power and power generation programs offered at S...


Concrete Wind Turbines Pass New Tests

Iowa State University researchers wanted to see how tough their new concrete wind turbines would be under the twisting strain of hydraulic machines.


Scotland to Have Floating Wind Farm

An international energy company based in Norway has received approval from the Scottish government to build the first floating wind farm in the world.


Cashew-Based Coating Made for Industry

Cardolite Corporation has introduced an epoxy curing agent that it says will give customers a cost-effective upgrade from common medium and high viscosity, solvent-free polyamides.


Hardener Made for Industrial Coatings

BASF has introduced an aminic hardener for use in epoxy-resin-based systems.


Paints, Coatings Spur Epoxy Resins Need

Forecasters are predicting a favorable growth period for the epoxy resins market in the coming seven years.


Stay Steady on Wind Energy Work

Safety in the fast-growing wind energy industry was at the forefront of a recent event in Illinois.


First Offshore Wind Farm in U.S. Begins

With the first “steel in the water,” an offshore wind farm is pioneering what its owners and environmental proponents hope will be a trendsetting moment in the United States.


Owls Impart Quiet Coating Wisdom

CAMBRIDGE, UK--Listening carefully to the silent flight of owls, researchers have developed a coating that may help quiet the roar of wind turbines and other fan blades.


2-in-1 Coating Addresses UV Stability

LYNGBY, DENMARK—Hempel has introduced a combined primer and mid-coat designed specifically for wind towers.


New Coating Touts Icing Prevention

A new nanocomposite coating that imparts anti-icing properties to the substrate is the latest offering from NEI Corp.


Zinc Primers Tout Crack Self-Healing

Hempel has announced a portfolio of three new anti-corrosive zinc primers developed for a wide range of industries and applications, from offshore oil and gas to wind turbines.


Turbine Coating Made to Fight Ice

Global wind energy provider Gamesa has introduced a new protective coating designed to prevent icing and withstand wear on turbine blades.


Spraying on a Longer Engine Life

Scientists in Sweden are working on a new sprayable coating that can protect an aircraft's engine far longer than current methods.


Coatings to Energize the Future

Talk about a bright future: The global market for smart coatings for solar panels is expected to increase twenty-fold in the next six years.


Smart Coatings Turn on Tomorrow

Functional coatings that respond to their environment could be a critical piece of tomorrow's energy puzzle—but only if the price is right, a new report says.


Top Coating Projects of 2013 Honored

ORLANDO—Coatings projects dazzling, daring and dangerous joined industry leaders in the winners circle Monday (Feb. 10) as SSPC 2014 opened to a record crowd in Orlando, FL.


Coating Protects Rotor Blade Edges

BASF has announced a new paint designed to protect the edges of wind turbine rotor blades.


Concrete Key to Bigger Wind Towers

Engineers are giving wind power a boost—literally—by testing ways to increase energy production by making the towers 20 percent taller.


Painting a Solution to Eagle Deaths?

Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy is undertaking a major research effort to see if strategic painting of wind turbines can help reduce one of the industry’s toughest problems: p...


2 Inspectors Fall to their Deaths

Two transmission line inspectors in Texas have perished after the cable that suspended them from their hovering helicopter apparently struck the power line and snapped.


Hempel Launches New Offshore Coating

A new epoxy mid-coat from Hempel can reduce drying times by up to 25 percent for offshore wind tower manufacturers, the company says.


ICM Designing Robot to Clean Navy Subs

A robot is being developed to tackle the challenging task of cleaning or removing coatings from the inside of bilge tanks on United States Navy submarines.


OSHA Fines Follow 24-Foot Fall

A general contractor building a wind turbine in Hanover, MA, has been fined after an employee survived a 24-foot fall down the structure.


Designers Propose ‘Strawscraper’

Energy efficiency just got hairy. The Swedish firm Belatchew Arkitekter has recently proposed a design that could turn one of the tallest buildings in Stockholm into a hairy giant.


3M Gives Wind Blades New Coating Option

A new protective coating by 3M is designed to help prevent damage to turbine output caused by erosion on the leading edge of wind blades.


Sherwin-Williams Joins China’s Car Boom

Sherwin-Williams has waded deeper into China’s vast automotive market with the acquisition of Changzhou (Jiangsu) Pulanna Coating Co. Ltd., a leading maker of automotive coatings for the Chi...


 
 
   

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