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New connections bring North Sea renewable energy onshore

Major grid connection projects have got underway in the North Sea. They will bring electricity from renewable tidal and wind energy ashore and feed it into Europe’s distribution grids. Sean Ottewell reports



Wind turbine gearbox oil backed by seven-year warranty

Certified for aquatic non-toxicity applications by International Maritime Organisation (IMO) 493/02 test



Bioenergy plant design - material decisions for tanks

As energy prices continue rise, the number of bioenergy plants across the world is increasing rapidly. However, design engineers are faced with a number of basic choices when it comes to starting a new project



Enhancement resistance to erosion and corrosion

Specialised polymeric coatings which can offer excellent resistance to erosion, corrosion and cavitation in hydroelectric equipment. Kyle Flanagan reports



Exploiting tidal power

Anthony George has been involved in engineering a number of offshore energy projects and offers some analysis on the real-world viability of these schemes



Taken to new heights

Industrial gear units from NORD complete heavy workload at a reservoir project



Busbar trunking system increases wind turbines efficiency

LDM system from the Sivacon 8PS product family will replace cables for transmitting power from the generator to the grid infeed



Senvion installs 111th multi-megawatt turbines offshore

Nineteenth Senvion 6.2M126 of 48 planned turbines that are currently being installed at the Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm



Nacelle-mounted LIDAR reduces yaw misalignment

First independent scientific field study validating the benefits of using turbine mounted LIDAR to correct misalignment



£20m anaerobic digestion plant completed

The plant is the largest gas-to-grid AD plant in the UK



Wind power beats nuclear and coal in record-breaking August

RenewableUK says new data shows that August was an exceptional month for wind energy, with new records set and generation levels exceeding both nuclear and coal, according to official UK's National Grid statistics



Planar transformers for 500W-2KW applications

New series offers high performance in compact package for power conversion applications



Scientists develop pioneering new spray-on solar cells

Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs



Nearly 15% of UK electricity from renewables

53% of renewable electricity from onshore and offshore wind; 30% increase in renewable electricity last year compared to 2012



Putting the wind in their seals

Seal foraging patterns show offshore wind farms can be fertile feeding ground, according to new research



Slip rings boost wind turbine life and performance

Moulded slip rings inhibit harmful dust intrusion and contamination, and increase the dielectric strength



Ensuring operational integrity for wave power project

Aquamarine Power has ordered RotaBolt measurement technology for its Oyster 800 wave power project



Nearly 20% of UK’s electricity mix now from renewable sources

Onshore wind showed the highest absolute increase in generation, increasing by 62% to 6.6 terawatt hours, with offshore wind increasing by 53% to 4.4 terawatt hours



Transforming former collieries with 30MW solar array

Ground-mounted solar installations will be operational for 25 years and, once completed, will generate enough low-carbon energy to provide power for around 10,000 homes



UK renewable energy company picks up industry award

Public Sector Project of the Year accolade bestowed on UK company, Star Renewable Energy



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