Japan: the new frontier for energy companies

July 2014

The renewable energy sector in Japan presents many opportunities for Scottish companies with the right expertise, writes Tina Koenig from wind energy data consultancy Oldbaum Services.

Japan is well known for innovation and embracing new technology and ideas, and this enthusiasm for technology is seen in the recent upsurge in interest in marine-based renewable energy. We’re looking forward to exploring the potential to do more business in Japan, and we’re no strangers to working across the world, with 70% of our turnover coming in from outside the UK.

Oldbaum specialise in wind data and instrumentation. We provide data assistance in the early stages of a wind farm project, offer expert advice on the location of a wind farm, estimate potential energy output, and advise on how best to progress with a project to ensure high quality wind data. With nine years of experience using LiDAR remote sensing technology this makes us one of the most experienced companies out there. We are able to deliver knowledge, innovation and expertise to wind developers of all sizes onshore and offshore.

The new energy frontier

Due to Japan’s deep sea waters there has been considerable interest in floating turbine technology – with some describing the country as “the new energy frontier.” According to the Japanese Environmental Ministry, the potential of offshore wind in Japan is 1.6 billion kilowatts. Floating foundations look set to be the long-term future – with 70% of the world’s offshore wind resource located in deep water around the world.

Specifically for the Japanese market we are looking to promote our floating LiDAR and scanning LiDAR services. As an independent company Oldbaum is the perfect choice for a fair, unbiased, and responsive approach. We can recommend a wind measurement instrument most suitable for the client’s project – tailored to the client’s technical requirements and project timeline. 

Japan is a new territory for us and we are looking forward to introducing our services to potential new partners, as well as meeting other businesses in the wind industry and learning about their solutions. Technical Director Andy Oldroyd and Senior Instrumentation Engineer Erik Brown will find learning about the Japanese wind sector valuable at the Grande Renewable Energy 2014 International conference and exhibition in Tokyo. Oldbaum’s experience in the wind sector, especially offshore, is a huge advantage to the Japanese market and we hope this will lead to future projects.

Oldbaum are attending Grande Renewable Energy 2014 as part of the SDI delegation. The mission lasts one week and will begin on July 27th.

Oldbaum give high-five to Women in Renewables

July 2014

Wind energy consultancy Oldbaum Services is delighted to become the newest corporate member of WiREScotland.

Women in Renewable Energy Scotland (WiRES) is a network which was set up for women working, or who would like to work, in renewable energy.

Oldbaum fully support the WiRES group - which has been raising awareness since 2010. Our male and female team members have witnessed for themselves the prevalence of men working in the industry when attending renewable conferences around the world. According to the team, such events expose an 80-20 male-female ratio.

This highlights the fact that women are significantly under-represented in the sector, and is further emphasized by Energy & Utility Skills research which estimates that 17% of the energy sector’s workforce is female.

Oldbaum’s Managing Director Monica Griesbaum said: “We are very pleased to be able to support the aims of WiRES and are looking forward to working together encouraging more women to work in this very exciting and international industry.”

The aim of the WiRES network is to make a difference and attempt to increase the number of women participating in renewables. Oldbaum intend to take part in regular networking sessions, a mentoring programme, as well as spreading the message – and inspiring women to work in a flourishing sector.

Gail Watt, Chair of the WiRES steering group, said: “We are delighted to welcome Oldbaum Services as a corporate member of WiRES. It is fantastic to see such enthusiastic support from both Oldbaum management and employees. With the support of our newest corporate member, WiRES hopes to contribute to increasing the diversity of the sector, and raise awareness of the benefits to businesses who support their female employees. We are looking forward to working with Oldbaum.”

About WiREScotland: WiRES was established as a response to the under-representation of women working in the Scottish renewables sector. The group aims to increase diversity within the sector through a peer support network for women.

Alex's Abstract accepted for Prague EMS

Oldbaum's Scientist Alex Cassola is off to Prague this October for the 14th European Meteorological Society conference.

His abstract on Variations in offshore wind turbine wake profiles with different inflow conditions of non-wake-affected upstream wind  has been accepted.

The conference is organized in cooperation with EUMETNET (Climate Programme), the Czech Meteorological Society (ČMeS), the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (CHMI), the Charles University, and the European Meteorological Society.

Global Offshore players to gather in Glasgow

May 2014

Glasgow will celebrate the offshore wind sector in June when Global Offshore Wind 2014 takes place at the SECC.

And Oldbaum will be there to exhibit - at stand 65. We'll be one of 250 exhibitors, and the 2-day event is expected to attract around 3,000 participants.

This will be RenewableUK's 13th annual event, taking place over 2 days and attracting businesses from across the globe...as the name suggests!

The conference programme already looks varied covering investment, innovation and accelerating costs, as well as a look at emerging offshore markets such as USA, Japan, Korea and China. There will also be a debate about offshore wind to 2020 and Beyond.

Did you know...that in 2013, offshore wind powered around 2.7 million UK homes??

Watch this space for more details closer to the time...

Next exhibition's in Normandy

March 2014

Some of the Oldbaum team will venture to Normandy in France shortly. They'll be exhibiting at THETIS - the National conference for Marine and Renewable Energy which takes place from April 9th - 10th.

Recently there has been more of a focus on French waters with the French Government's announcement of investment in four tidal projects at Raz Blanchard in Normandy.

Oldbaum will be present in Cherbourg with a focus on floating offshore turbines.

Come find out more and talk to us at stand B5.

To find out more go to: http://www.thetis-emr.com/

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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