New €2.3m project to maximise offshore wind power production

A new €2.3 million (£20.2m) project aimed at maximising energy production from offshore wind whilst reducing turbine loads has been launched. The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator’s Wind Farm Control Trials (WFCT) will investigate the impact of focusing on strategies to improve energy generation across an entire wind farm, rather than individual turbines. Optimising control […]

Scotland spends £1.5m on offshore wind

Scotland is to spend another £1.5 million on maximising the production and reducing the costs of offshore wind. Paul Wheelhouse, Scottish Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, has announced the second consecutive year of funding for the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA). The research, development and demonstration programme will use the money to facilitate and […]

New £2.4m wind project aims to slash construction costs

A new £2.4 million project aims to cut the costs of offshore wind power by optimising the design of turbine tower foundations. The UK Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has announced the Improved Fatigue Life of Welded Jacket Connections (JaCo) scheme. Steel jackets are welded tubular frames made from carbon steel with each connection […]

‘Next generation’ offshore wind cables competition

A new competition worth up to £300,000 to fast track the development of “next generation” 66 kiloVolt (kV) cables for the offshore wind industry has been launched. It is part of the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) initiative, which aims to move the sector away from using 33kV cables. OWA developers, which includes DONG […]