The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) plans to start a new industry competition next month with the aim of reducing emissions and fuel consumption in offshore wind vessels.OWA is now calling on the industry to respond to a Request for Information (RFI) to inform the scope of the competition.The RFI is the first stage in the competition that will have an estimated funding envelope of circa GBP 400,000. The results from the RFI will help gauge the current interest and development levels, and assist efforts to tailor the competition to best suit industry needs.The initial focus will be on systems, subsystems, and technology that support the operation of Crew Transfer Vessels (CTV). However the industry’s view for larger vessels such as Service Operations Vessels in the future is also worth consideration, the Carbon Trust said.The project is being led by BMT Defence and Security UK (BMT DAS) and Black & Veatch, commissioned by the Scottish Government and nine OWA industry partners – EnBW, EON, Iberdrola, Innogy, Ørsted, Shell, SSE, Equinor, and Vattenfall.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The son of an Iowa civil rights attorney in the midst of a high profile civil trial against a former governor has been arrested in the courtroom where his mother’s trial is taking place.Polk County Sheriff records say 50-year-old James Barton Conlin, of West Des Moines, was arrested during break in the proceedings Monday and charged with interference with official acts. He was booked into the county jail and released within an hour.The charge is a simple misdemeanor.Conlin told courthouse officials he was testing the air after his mother complained it was making her ill.Roxanne Conlin blames construction in the courthouse. Court officials refused her earlier request to move the trial.Conlin and her son didn’t respond to a message from The Associated Press but she tells The Des Moines Register she’s furious he was arrested.She’s representing former Iowa Worker’s Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey in his discrimination lawsuit against former Gov. Terry Branstad and the state.