Team members venture to Taiwan

October 2014

Data Analyst Erin and Business Development Coordinator Tina will be visiting Taiwan next week. The week-long Renewable Energy Outward Mission is coordinated by UKTI and will involve high level meetings with developers, as well as round table discussions.

One of the main reasons Government officials are looking to develop wind energy in Taiwan is so that other countries will not have to be relied upon for energy. Currently, Taiwan imports 99% of its energy supply, most of which comes from fossil fuels and nuclear energy. Luckily for Taiwan - an island country surrounded by sea, there is plenty of potential to develop offshore wind energy.

In fact, offshore wind energy possesses the highest development potential in terms of installed capacity and also higher power generation efficiency. By 2030, Taiwan aims to increase its overall wind power capacity (onshore and offshore) from 530MW to 3G under an ambitious renewable energy plan unveiled by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Oldbaum representatives are returning to Taiwan following previous preliminary wind resource strategy work which was carried out for Fuhai Offshore wind farm, located in the county of Chang-hua. The team also helped to sell a WindSentinel wind resource assessment buoy to National Cheng Kung University.

Tina Koenig, Communications & Business Development Coordinator said: "We are looking forward to building upon existing relationships in Taiwan, as well as creating new ones. It will be a great opportunity for Erin and I to learn more about Taiwanese culture, their way of doing business, as well as offering our wind data expertise to their growing wind sector."

Famous for its night markets where you can find "stinky tofu" and snake blood, there'll be plenty of other new things to experience!

Oldbaum welcomes new team member

October 2014

Oldbaum is happy to welcome Dr Emma Coutts to the team.

Emma's background lies in the field of Mathematics. Her new role as Data Scientist requires a focus on the company's expanding scanning LiDAR capability.

Welcome to the team Emma!

Oldbaum Services lines up for Best Innovation

October 2014

Wind data consultancy Oldbaum Services has been shortlisted for one of the top prizes at the Scottish Green Energy Awards 2014.

The nomination, for Best Innovation, comes following a prosperous year for the expanding team. There has been continued growth, exciting new projects, as well as an award for Best Green Business by the Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

Oldbaum have also carried out further research into the impact of offshore wind wakes - the single biggest challenge an offshore wind analyst faces today. Work was successfully concluded this year on the Offshore Wind Accelerator Wakes measurement campaign on behalf of the Carbon Trust. For this multi-million pound project, Oldbaum developed the campaign data retrieval strategy with the aim of reducing the cost of energy for offshore wind in the future.

Back in 2005, Oldbaum was involved in the most comprehensive test of a LiDAR system to date, when nobody had thought of a standard test programme to prove they could work. Tests for the Beatrice Offshore Demonstrator proved to all partners that LiDAR was a valid measurement technique, which could provide highly accurate data suitable for project yields.

Using experience from the Beatrice Demonstrator, Oldbaum came up with and then delivered the 7.9 Million Euro NORSEWInD project. NORSEWInD is the single biggest LiDAR-based wind measurement database, and this proved without doubt that LiDAR could operate offshore and over extended periods.

The company’s continuous evolution and innovation over the years have had a positive impact in the wind industry, reducing costs and increasing access to information. Oldbaum’s Technical Director Andy Oldroyd said:

"Over our history we have had to innovate technically and commercially to win projects against much larger organisations with a much larger budget and much larger sales force. We win because we show unique understanding of how to match technology to physical problems."

He added: It is really exciting that our work has been recognised by the industry in Scotland with this nomination for Best Innovation at the Scottish Green Energy Awards.”

The coveted Green Energy Awards, sponsored by EDF Energy Renewables, will be presented at a sell-out dinner at the EICC in Edinburgh on November 27. Over 1,100 guests will celebrate the best in renewable energy talent, projects and innovation.

 

Business Director Monica set for next WiREScotland panel

Oldbaum’s Business Director Monica will take part in a Women in Renewable Energy Scotland panel discussion on Friday, October 10th. The keynote speaker will be Dr Nina Skorupska, Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association.

The event - which is being held in Glasgow, will focus on organizational politics and work-life balance - topics that are often seen as critical issues in women's career progression. Communications Manager for AES Wind Generation Claire Addison will also be in conversation, and Catherine Hokin, Director of Green Industry Network ecoConnect will act as chairperson.

This is one of a series of networking events which brings together WiRES members and friends - and is a wonderful opportunity for women from private, public and third sector backgrounds who work in renewables, to mingle and catch up over drinks and canapes.

This unmissable afternoon starts at 2.30pm and will be rounded off around 5pm at the Grand Central Hotel (Regent Suite), Glasgow, G1 3SF.

Want to come along? Book your place here (won't take long): http://bit.ly/1qP8eYS 

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Oldbaum up for Most Innovative Business

August 2014

Oldbaum's hard work and dedication to the ever-changing wind sector has again been recognized as the business is in the running for a national award.

The Business Honours Awards is taking place next month and Oldbaum has been named a finalist for the Most Innovative Business category.

This nomination comes after being crowned Best Green Business in March at the Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce Business awards.

Business Honours 2014 is being organised by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce - the umbrella organisation for 26 local Chambers of Commerce. This inaugural awards ceremony will take place on 11th September at the luxurious Prestonfield House in Edinburgh, and will be hosted by Kaye Adams.

What's guaranteed is a celebration of a wide variety of Scottish businesses. Some other businesses up for awards are biotechnology experts Ingenza Ltd, as well as Mackies Crisps who are up for International Business of the Year.

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If you are interested in learning more about our flexible, independent and innovative solutions please get in touch with our friendly team - email reachforthewind@oldbaumservices.co.uk

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