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February 8, 2018

Second edition annual Offshore Wind Access report shows rapid growth available offshore wind access systems

The report Offshore Wind Access 2018 provides an overview of existing and future access systems for offshore wind farm installation and operation & maintenance (O&M). Last year’s edition has been updated and contains new solutions entering the market. The report shows the fast development of...[more]

February 2, 2018

Offshore wind farm control strategies put to the test

New project launched to field test wind farm control (WFC) strategies to maximise energy production from offshore wind whilst reducing turbine loads.[more]

November 3, 2017

Energy transition is going to change our landscape considerably: new thinking is needed

Renewable energy will be a self-evident part of our future living environment everywhere. It constitutes a big challenge for our country as it will not be easy to integrate large numbers of wind turbines and PV farms in the existing landscape. According to ECN and Wageningen University & Research...[more]

November 3, 2017

More accurate North Sea wind information cuts cost of offshore wind energy

ECN, KNMI and Whiffle are working on a new atlas featuring accurate information about North Sea winds for use in wind energy applications. Clarity with regard to the average amount of wind and how often wind speeds reach extreme levels will enable a more accurate estimate of how much wind energy...[more]

October 24, 2017

First hydrogen wind turbine for sustainable fuel to be sited in the Netherlands

The world’s first hydrogen wind turbine is to become a reality in the Wieringermeer area at the start of 2019. This is the objective of a partnership formed between initiator and sustainable hydrogen supplier HYGRO, wind turbine manufacturer Lagerwey and research institute ECN.[more]

July 14, 2017

What do Shark Fins, Winglets and Turbulators have in common?

In a challenging experiment, ECN and LM Wind Power have successfully extended blades with an add-on tip extension to test new blade tip designs in the InnoTip research project. With the project now coming to a close, find out how these innovation tip designs could significantly reduce the cost of...[more]

July 13, 2017

Offshore wind O&M strategy going global—not a case of one size fits all

ECN, using its industrywide recognised tools, is mapping the Operations & Maintenance (O&M) strategies of offshore wind farms worldwide. In the last year, we worked on multiple projects to evaluate the most effective O&M strategy for wind farms throughout the world, including EU, US and...[more]

May 30, 2017

RISE and ECN set up test centre for wind energy in cold climate

Swedish research institute RISE and ECN will jointly set up a test centre in Sweden, where the global wind industry can test their equipment in cold climate conditions.[more]

March 29, 2017

Joint Industry Project on gravity-based structures for offshore wind turbines in full swing

What happens when gravity-based support structures are installed in rough sea conditions? What is the cushioning effect of the soil during touch-down? How will the dynamic response of the foundation be in transport when towed? And what is the impact of the various logistic strategies to the cost of...[more]

March 24, 2017

ScanFlow performs unique wind turbine inflow measurements for better modelling tools

Wind turbines are being designed based on models predicting yield and loading. These models are as good as the data with which they are validated. Therefore, a higher accuracy of reference wind measurements will result in more accurate models, and thus better wind turbines.[more]

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