Innovations

Kick-off Offshore Wind Innovation Centre in Eemshaven

Yesterday the Offshore Wind Innovation Center (OWIC) started in Eemshaven. The center facilitates the development of activities and innovations in the field of offshore wind energy, with a focus on service and maintenance. The OWIC is an information, training and innovation center aimed at companies and knowledge institutions that are engaged in the generation of…

Enersea develops reusable monopile cover for Hollandse Kust Zuid

Dutch engineering company Enersea has developed a reusable monopile cover for Vattenfall’s Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind farm. In the next 8 months the design will have to be optimised and go into serial production in order to have the first 41 covers ready for installation. Vattenfall is building the app. 1,500 MW Hollandse Kust…

Second round innovation broker scheme exhausted in 1 day

In August, Topsector Energy announced that an extra budget of 100,000 euros was being made available for hiring an innovation broker. The application round started on 15 September. The budget was already exhausted within 1 day. 12 companies are now eligible for the financial contribution. Topsector Energy (TSE) is the driving force behind innovations that…

Barge Master and Bosch Rexroth announce new autonomous landing solution

After years of research and development, Barge Master and Bosch Rexroth are now ready to introduce a new developed autonomous landing solution to the market. The solution is to increase safety during transfer of personnel and cargo from services vessels to wind turbines and increase operational hours. Through a combination of sophisticated radar technology, cameras…

Z-Bridge’s Bring-to-Work system ready for sea trials

On 13 August 2020, Dutch offshore access provider Z-Bridge reported that its new Bring-to-work (B2W) access system was undergoing the last part of the certification tests. The system will next have to undergo sea trials. The B2W system was undergoing testing on an onshore test location since May of this year. The last certification test…

New Dutch app enables EV charging during solar and wind peak hours

Amsterdam-based Dutch start up Laadje has built an app that ensures electric cars charge automatically when there is a peak in availability of wind and solar energy. With the solution, which is currently only available for Teslas, CEO Otto Barten expects that the power price can drop from about 21 cents / kWh to 17…

GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW prototype reaches next step in certification process

GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X 12 MW prototype which is currently operating at the Sif premises in Rotterdam Maasvlakte 2, has received a provisional type certificate from international certification DNV GL. The certification, IECRE Provisional RNA Component Certificate, demonstrates GE’s Haliade-X prototype has the highest safety and quality standards. It brings the currently largest offshore wind…

IHC and MARIN reach milestone in autonomous SOV project

Royal IHC and MARIN reached a milestone last week when they successfully completed the last phase of model testing in their autonomous service operation vessel (SOV) project. Royal IHC (IHC) and MARIN are working together on developing an autonomous SOV which should lead to improved (time) efficiency. IHC has developed technology that will allow one…