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LORC tests and demonstrates technology for harvesting renewable energy offshore

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Meeting industry’s needs for environmental testing of large components for offshore use is now one step closer with the ordering of a climatic chamber for a new LORC test centre.

Read more about the environmental testing of structures here




Read the full pdf-version of: OceanWise 2012, no. 1 - April Issue

  1. Energy from the wind is in principle free and should thus be an undivided blessing for a powerhungry world. However, the supply of wind is constantly out of pace with the demand for electrical power, causing the local market prices to fluctuate wildly. These fluctuations create a strong incentive to store the energy, and this incentive grows as the share of wind energy in the grid increases.
  2. The wind is a plentiful but unreliable source of energy. As wind power gradually takes over an increasing portion of the load in the grid, it becomes crucial to have a means of storing energy.
  3. The next step in offshore power generation depends on the successful development of the multi-terminal HVDC network. The pilot roject will be the power connection to the Kriegers Flak wind farm.
  4. Follow OceanWise on a mental voyage from an offshore wind turbine, through the cables, transformers, and converters of a wind farm, and into the living room. Gain a graphic overview of where the greatest energy losses occur.
  5. On the windy west coast of Jutland, in the town of Esbjerg, a team of Vattenfall wind turbine operators monitor around 1,000 onshore and offshore wind turbines. Wind farms spread as widely as Sweden, Denmark, UK, and Netherlands are monitored from this control room.
  6. The need for your product to be reliable is never in dispute. It’s the “how to” part of reliability that is argued and discussed by reliability professionals much the same way that humanity discusses religion
  7. Four vessels prove their potential in servicing far offshore turbines of the future. OceanWise takes you to Australia, Canada and Norway
  8. Future operation and maintenance vessels #1
  9. Future operation and maintenance vessels #2
  10. Future operation and maintenance vessels #3
  11. WindServer cuts the waves by Tea Tramontana
    Future operation and maintenance vessels #4
  12. Positive results from large-scale research projects have heightened interest in algae as a source of offshore renewable energy. The researchers and industry agree: Combined use of the crop is necessary. However, a series of challenges must first be overcome before algae can realistically become part of the energy mix.
  13. The main shafts of the large wind turbines are targeted. As the wind turbines grow in power and size, many components are getting close to their physical limitations. This tendency forces designers to direct their attention to new technical solutions, thereby considering new sets of trade-offs.
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