• Update on Brazil’s submarine programme
    Today we take you to a construction site that is both monumental and unique. We are off to Itaguaí, 70km south-west of Rio de Janeiro to report progress on the most comprehensive naval technology transfer programme to date. It is here that Brazil will launch its next-generation submarines from a brand spanking new submarine shipyard […]
  • Energy Observer named in Paris
    Energy Observer, the first energy self-sufficient boat powered solely by renewable energies and hydrogen was officially named in Paris on 6 July after sailing from Saint-Malo to the mouth of the Seine, then up the Seine to the French capital.The boat was built in Canada in 1983 as a maxi-catamaran (length: 30.5m, beam:12.8m). In 1994, […]
  • More tests for Polar Pod
    Work continues on the Polar Pod, a brainchild of intrepid French adventurer, scientist, medico and sailor Jean-Louis Etienne. Following concept testing in 2014, a new model of the Polar Pod spar-buoy laboratory recently underwent tank t... […]

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Update on Brazil’s submarine programme

Today we take you to a construction site that is both monumental and unique. We are off to Itaguaí, 70km south-west of Rio de Janeiro to report progress on the most comprehensive naval technology transfer programme to date. It is here that Brazil will launch its next-generation submarines from a brand spanking new submarine shipyard and naval base that will be truly impressive.

 

Energy Observer named in Paris

Energy Observer, the first energy self-sufficient boat powered solely by renewable energies and hydrogen was officially named in Paris on 6 July after sailing from Saint-Malo to the mouth of the Seine, then up the Seine to the French capital.

The boat was built in Canada in 1983 as a maxi-catamaran (length: 30.5m, beam:12.8m). In 1994, as the Enza New Zealand, she won the Jules Verne Trophy with Peter Blake at the helm.

 

More tests for Polar Pod

Work continues on the Polar Pod, a brainchild of intrepid French adventurer, scientist, medico and sailor Jean-Louis Etienne. Following concept testing in 2014, a new model of the Polar Pod spar-buoy laboratory recently underwent tank tests in Brittany at a facility operated by French institute of marine research and exploration Ifremer.

STX substation for Arkona windfarm

On 12 July, STX France’s Saint-Nazaire yard began assembling the substation for the Arkona offshore windfarm being developed by German power utility E.ON, Norwegian group Statoil and German company 50Hertz. The Baltic windfarm, comprising sixty 6-MW Siemens turbines generating enough electricity to power 400,000 homes, is scheduled for completion in 2019.

The 385-MW substation, for delivery in Q2 next year, will be one of the most imposing structures of its type anywhere in the world.

 

STX scalable offshore substations

“High quality and customisable, but based on standardised base modules,” is how Frédéric Grizaud, Head of the Offshore Energy Business Unit at STX France, describes the new SeeOs (Scalable Efficient Evolutive Offshore Substation) range launched recently by the Saint-Nazaire-based contractor.

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