08 May 2017
How does the existence of a business cluster help the companies that are in the cluster? An industrial PhD at Offshoreenergy.dk is looking into this.
“The sum is greater than the parts.”
Aristotle was probably the first to put into words what a cluster contributes. And the philosopher’s maxim holds true to this day. Victoria Baagøe-Engels, Project Manager and industrial PhD at Offshoreenergy.dk, is researching the importance of cluster partnerships for offshore companies. The effect is clear:
“The approach to cluster cooperation in the offshore industry is changing at the moment. Where people used to focus mainly on operations and trimming the fat, there is now more focus on creating opportunities together. Acquisitions, collaborations, consortia, and innovation in partnerships, for example.
You go to the cluster when you want an innovative solution,” she says.
According to Victoria Baagøe-Engels, it is important to really want the collaboration if you are to get the full effect. The beneficial effects do not just come from companies working in the same industry and moving in the same direction:
"Today there is a greater focus on being innovative through cooperation across the cluster. An innovation process at the cluster level is created through cooperation, in which both sides in the partnership deliver what they do best. In this way, the collaboration lifts the whole cluster and the companies in the cluster. This also serves the industry as the innovative solutions will benefit and help to lift the Danish offshore wind industry by adding more resources and expertise through the collaboration,” Victoria Baagøe-Engels explains.
At Wind Europe 2017
An element of Offshoreenergy.dk's industrial PhD has also been selected for presentation at Wind Europe 2017. Here, the focus is on the small practical details of O&M port logistics. This could include costs associated with downtime if a technician has forgot some tools at the store – or the fact that working time will be shorter on the turbines because there are queues at the gate systems. It can also contribute to uptime to have a crane positioned for loading and unloading, perhaps in collaboration with CTV ships in the harbor.