ECN Wind Energy News and press releases en TYPO3 - get.content.right Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:59:00 +0100 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 offshore wind access systems and how they impact the offshore wind operations and strategy. Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:07:00 +0100 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. Fri, 02 Feb 2018 13:52:00 +0100 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 (WUR) a new way of thinking is required about how we shape our landscape to ensure that we will have a living environment that is both beautiful and functional. Fri, 03 Nov 2017 10:58:00 +0100 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 energy. Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:30:00 +0200 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 Asia. The studies are guiding the offshore wind industry to make smart decisions on determining cost-effective O&M strategies based on various site-specific characteristics which will allow them... Thu, 13 Jul 2017 13:21:00 +0200 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. Tue, 30 May 2017 11:20:00 +0200 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 energy? Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:53:00 +0200 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. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:20:00 +0100 ECN’s integral modelling techniques ensure monopiles are solid support option for 10MW wind turbines Offshore wind farms are contributing increasingly to the sustainable energy targets of European countries. A new generation of 10 MW wind turbines will be rolled out in the near future and the trend towards larger turbines is likely to continue. For long it was believed jackets or other foundation types would scale more favourably in deeper waters and for larger turbines over the cost-effective monopile structure. Monopiles, however, have the advantage of being relatively straight-forward to... Thu, 02 Mar 2017 17:05:00 +0100 ECN launches LiDAR Calibration Facility at ECN’s wind turbine test site Using LiDAR for turbine and windfarm measurements is becoming more accepted. In order to be bankable and trust worthy however, it is important to calibrate the LiDAR before and after the measurements are taken. For this reason ECN introduces the LiDAR Calibration Facility: a world class facility for quick and efficient calibrations of ground-based LiDARs, nacelle LiDARs and also SoDARs. Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:28:00 +0100 Improving wind farm output through smart blade tips Much more offshore wind power plants. That’s the future of wind energy. It means that today’s challenge for the industry is to design efficient wind farms instead of solitary turbines. ECN and LM Wind Power are working on innovative blade tips to improve offshore wind park yields. The results are impressive. Tue, 31 Jan 2017 11:33:00 +0100 ECN brings access systems offshore wind turbines together in new overview The report Offshore Wind Access 2017 brings together existing and under-development access systems for offshore wind Operation and Maintenance (O&M). For the first time, an overview of available access systems has been compiled to show the recent developments on offshore wind access and how they are related to O&M strategy selection. What is offshore wind access?Offshore wind farms are constantly moving further from shore in order to capture favourable wind conditions. However,... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 13:54:00 +0100 New models for next generation wind turbines In the last 20 years wind power capacity has been growing rapidly. Within a couple of years turbines became more efficient while costs relatively decreased. The ever-increasing size of the rotors is an important cause for the cost reduction. However, it becomes increasingly difficult to design such large turbines accurately and reliably because the aerodynamic models were developed for and validated on smaller turbines. In a consortium of 13 international partners, ECN is developing and... Thu, 22 Dec 2016 13:40:00 +0100 Important role R&D in current trend towards lower cost offshore wind parks Response ECN to results Borssele 3&4 tender Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:10:00 +0100 ECN research stimulates energy transition and economy ECN wants its research programmes to contribute to the much-needed energy transition as well as economic growth in the Netherlands. ECN's research and technological developments in biomass, energy and industry, storage and integration of renewable energy, wind energy and solar energy make sustainability and cost savings achievable. Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:29:00 +0100 New R&D project VaStBlade: lower cost of energy due to more accurate design of large turbine blades ECN, together with partners WMC (Knowledge Centre Wind turbine Materials and Constructions), TRES4 B.V. and GE Global Research will kick off a new R&D project to enable more accurate designs of wind turbine blades by improved modelling and validation of torsional flexibility (which is the twisting of the blade). Tue, 30 Aug 2016 08:01:00 +0200 ECN and MONITOR JIP begin development of structural health monitoring system for offshore wind farms Many offshore wind stakeholders acknowledge the relevance of monitoring offshore wind support structures. However, a dedicated standard for the design and installation of a monitoring system is still lacking. So is an effective tool to interpret and assess the collected data. A consortium of industry experts including ECN, by the name of MONITOR JIP, is now working on a solution. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 13:03:00 +0200 ECN Active Wake Control on track to boost wind farm lifecycle performance The Netherlands flagship energy R&D centre ECN is a recognised pioneer in wind farm Active Wake Control (AWC) research and implementation. Patents for the potentially game changing technology were granted already in 2003. Since then, much R&D has occurred and recently five commercial feasibility studies have been performed for leading wind farm developers and OEMs. Tue, 24 May 2016 14:40:00 +0200 Taking SAITEC’s floating support structure to the next level Spanish engineering company SAITEC is working on creating what they hope will be the most competitive floating solution in the offshore wind market. ECN, being the market leader on offshore wind O&M and installation cost modelling, was asked by SAITEC to quantify the benefits of their new concept. Tue, 10 May 2016 10:22:00 +0200 Calling clean tech companies with growth ambitions in Africa: join ECN at the African Utility Week! Clean teach companies looking to expand to Africa now have the opportunity to position themselves as part of a Dutch network of innovative experts on the water-food-energy nexus during the African Utilities Week (AUW) from 17-19 May 2016 in Cape Town. Fri, 18 Mar 2016 09:18:00 +0100