DONG Energy predicts 13-15MW wind turbines by 2024


The offshore wind version of an arms race is well underway. The current leader: A joint venture between Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Denmark’s Vestas Offshore Wind announced in January that its latest generation wind turbine had smashed through the 9MW barrier, less than a year after the industry’s first 8MW generators were commercially installed.

Wind turbines rated 10MW and higher are near at hand. Denmark’s Dong Energy said in April that it expects 13MW to 15MW turbines to be operational by 2024, the year the company plans to launch three offshore wind farms in the German North Sea.

“Offshore wind technology is moving faster than even turbine manufacturers believed” five years ago,” said Feng Zhao, a senior director at FTI Consultancy and one of the firm’s experts on wind energy. As recently as 2012, 2MW generators were the industry standard.

Now, three manufacturers – MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, Siemens Wind Power and Gamesa-owned Adwin – all offer 8MW turbines. (Spanish company Gamesa and Siemens merged in April.)

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From GreenTECH Media

When the U.S. was ready to ramp up its solar industry, developers benefited from investments made in Germany, Spain and elsewhere in Europe that had funded gigawatt-scale annual deployments and pushed down costs. The same could happen with offshore wind.

By the end of 2016, 14.4 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity had been installed globally, with nearly 90 percent of the total deployed in European waters. Prices for projects coming on-line from 2020 have fallen to $50 per megawatt-hour in Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany. The United States, meanwhile, has so far managed to bring on-line just one modest commercial project, the 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm off of Rhode Island.

A bill introduced this summer by a bipartisan group of senators aims to help the U.S. catch up with Europe. On August 1, 2017, Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act with 10 co-sponsors.

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Nordsee One wind project to power 400,000 homes


The final turbine for the Nordsee One offshore wind farm has been installed and commercial operations are set to commence by the end of this year.

Tim Kittelhake, managing director and COO of Nordsee One, said in an announcement at the end of last week that turbine installation had been completed within seven months. The site is located in the North Sea, around 40 kilometers to the north of the island of Juist.

The scale of the project is significant, with the turbines measuring approximately 150 meters from sea level to blade tip.

According to Nordsee One its 54 turbines will generate, on average, 1.2 billion kilowatt hours per year and supply the equivalent of around 400,000 average homes with green electricity. This will help to save more than one million tons of CO2 when compared with a “conventional” coal fired plant.


UK offshore wind reaches price parity with fossil fuels

From Windpower Engineering & Development

Three new wind farms are to be built in the UK as offshore wind prices reach their lowest levels ever. This follows research published by Lloyd’s Register in February 2017, revealing that the majority of industry experts were confident that renewable energy was reaching cost parity.

In the latest Contracts for Difference (CfD) round, DONG Energy, Innogy, and EDPR have been awarded licenses to build new wind farms in the UK– and the cost of offshore wind has fallen by 50% since 2015.

Wind farm developers submit bids to build new wind farms and the Government awards CfDs to those who can deliver the project at the lowest rate of subsidy (strike price, or guaranteed wholesale price).

In 2015, strike prices were between £114 – £117 ($154.73 – $158.80 USD). This time around, three CfDs were awarded to offshore wind projects, two with a strike price of £57.50/MWh ($78.04 USD/MWh).
Triton Knoll (Innogy) is due to produce first power in 2021, followed by Hornsea Two (DONG Energy) and Moray East (EDPR) in 2022-2023. With a capacity of 1.4 GW, Hornsea Two will become the world’s largest windfarm.

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DONG joins Canadian partner to develop 2GW project

From CleanTechnica

Danish offshore wind energy giant DONG Energy has signed a Letter of Intent with the Canadian NaiKun Wind Energy Group for exclusive rights to the Haida Energy Field Offshore Wind Project in British Columbia, an offshore wind location with up to 2 gigawatts of potential capacity.

DONG Energy, one of Europe’s leading offshore wind developers, and Vancouver-based energy company NaiKun Wind Energy Group, announced this week the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) giving DONG Energy exclusive rights to negotiate a joint development agreement for the mammoth Haida Energy Field Offshore Wind Project, located off the coast of Canada’s British Columbia, in the Hecate Strait between Haida Gwaii and Prince Rupert.

This seemingly administrative move is yet another big move for DONG Energy as it begins to expand its reach beyond its traditional European playground. Over the past year, DONG Energy has made significant strides with its planned 2 gigawatt (GW) Bay State Wind offshore wind project, a proposed offshore wind farm it is hoping to develop in cooperation with New England transmission builder, Eversource Energy. Set to be developed south of Martha’s Vineyard, the project was first announced in December of 2016, and earlier this year the two companies received its first approval from the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for the site, allowing for the deployment of three meteorological buoys.

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DONG to build world’s largest wind farm off UK coast

From Statehouse News Service

One of the companies competing to build an offshore wind installation off Massachusetts announced Monday that it has been awarded a contract by the United Kingdom Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to build what it says will be the world’s largest wind farm.

DONG Energy’s Hornsea Project Two, to be located about 90 kilometers from the Yorkshire coast, is designed to deliver nearly 1,400 megawatts of power, or enough electricity to power 1.3 million homes. The project is slightly larger than DONG’s Hornsea Project One, which is under construction.

The company said it expects Hornsea Two to be operational in 2022. The project’s price is 50 percent lower than a previous round of allocations two years ago, reflecting cost reductions within the industry, officials said.

“We have always promoted size as a key driver for cost,” Samuel Leupold, CEO of Wind Power at DONG Energy, said in a statement. “The ideal size of an offshore wind farm is 800-1,500MW, and therefore it is natural that Hornsea Project Two will deliver record-low costs to society. At the same time, the low strike price demonstrates the cost saving potential of developer-built offshore grid connections, which in the UK is included in the project scope.”

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DONG Energy’s Matthew Wright: ‘We don’t want to become the new incumbent’

From BusinessGreen

DONG Energy is not a company comfortable with the middle of the road. Its recent history contains a trail of world firsts: in 2002 it built and operated the first large offshore wind farm in the world, the 160MW Horns Rev development; in 2016 it took the major step of divesting all its oil and gas assets to become a firm solely focused on renewables; and just last week, it successfully dismantled the world’s first ever offshore wind farm, the experimental Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm in south east Denmark.

It is also hoping to play a major role in another world first for the industry as a whole. The results of the latest UK government Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction, expected early on Monday morning, are set to deliver such a drastic drop in the cost of offshore wind energy that it becomes competitive with other types of clean energy generation. Sweepstakes among energy wonks on Twitter have already centred the price speculation around the £69 per MWh mark – a huge leap down from the average strike price of £117 per MWh seen at the last auctions in 2015 and a figure that would put the offshore industry well ahead of its 2020 target to drop the price below £100 per MWh. To put this into context, the current price of new gas power is around £57 per MWh, while the Hinkley Point nuclear contract promises to deliver power at £92.50/MWh in 2012 prices.

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Government to go full tilt for offshore wind power

From The Telegraph

Offshore wind power is expected to emerge as a major post-Brexit success for the UK economy as technology costs plummet and the weaker pound accelerates the burgeoning industry’s export potential.

Tomorrow the renewable energy technology is likely to be the major winner in the Government’s renewable support auction, which will award £295m to low-carbon power schemes.

Mega-turbine developers including Scottish Power and Dong Energy are expected to have entered aggressively low bids amid plummeting offshore wind costs, which have fallen by half in less than five years. The record low subsidies could herald an £11bn industrial boon for post-Brexit Britain, while lightening the load on energy consumers who support the payments via their bills.

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Jan De Nul completes Race Bank installation

From Offshore Engineer

Jan De Nul Group has completed the installation and burial of the export cables for DONG Energy’s Race Bank Wind Farm in the UK.

Jan De Nul successfully installed two export cables of 70km across England’s most important natural habitats and linked the two offshore substations with an interconnector of 6km.
Race Bank, to be built almost 17mi off Norfolk, and will consist of 91, 6 MW wind turbines.

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China turns to Denmark for offshore wind assistance

From Offshore Wind Journal

Denmark’s energy minister said China plans to tap into Danish expertise in offshore wind energy to help it build windfarms and a new test centre.

Speaking after meeting the head of China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), minister Lars Christian Lilleholt said that size, timing and suppliers for the windfarm had not yet been decided but he was convinced it would be built. His remarks were reported by Reuters.

Mr Lilleholt told Reuters that China and Denmark have also decided to build a test and demonstration centre for offshore wind power in China.

NEA head Nur Bekri met Vestas chief executive Anders Runevad during his trip to Denmark, Mr Lilleholt said.

Reuters said the push for offshore wind in China has gained pace after it decided to cut the guaranteed subsidised price paid for onshore wind energy at the turn of the year, but kept them for offshore turbines.

Mr Lilleholt will head a Danish export promotion tour to China next spring.

During his visit to Denmark, China’s energy minister Nur Bekri also visited one of Dong Energy’s offshore windfarms.

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