08 May 2017
Offshoreenergy.dk gathers the offshore wind industry to develop common standards and new solutions, which make offshore wind parks much cheaper. Giants like Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Vestas and MHI Vestas back up the initiative.
Offshoreenergy.dk takes now the initiative to gather the entire offshore wind value chain about cost-saving solutions and common standards.
The ambition is to make both design, installation and operation of offshore wind parks much cheaper through a lot of specific innovation cooperation:
”There is a big potential for cost reduction in finding new common solutions in some selected areas. It may give significant gains across the entire value chain”, says Glenda Napier, CEO of Offshoreenergy.dk, the national cluster organisation for the offshore industry.
The cooperation is embedded in Offshoreenergy.dk and is open to everyone who wants to contribute to develop common standards and specifications for e.g. towers, access to the wind turbine, lifting equipment and sea fastening. Areas, where there often are quite different specification requirements from the various manufacturers.
Already now, more of the largest international companies of the industry have signed that they would like to take active part of such an innovation cooperation. For example, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and MHI Vestas, which are the manufacturers of 75% of the world’s offshore wind turbines, have undertaken to contribute to create new, common solutions in areas outside the core product.
” There should be a huge potential for manufacturers and contractors by choosing one standard”, says Torben Hvid Larsen, Senior Vice President, CTO Technology and Sourcing at MHI Vestas Offshore Wind:
”Through several years, sub-contractors have wanted standardisation, so it makes good sense that we now make a special effort and do something about it”, he says.
In the new innovation cooperation, the entire value chain – from manufacturers to contractors – shall prepare a common specification basis and some common standards and new solutions, which the industry can use.
“We shall check if there are areas where we can help the industry to simplify; both design and execution of project”, says Jesper Møller, Head of Offshore Concepts & Solutions, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy:
“This could be solutions ensuring that we do not accidentally charge extra costs with the work of the sub-contractors, which do not add value to the project. It is important that the sub-contractors work together with us to identify where our specifications differ and where they shall meet various requirements to deliver more or less identical tasks and products”, he says.
Cooperation can generate innovation
No matter, if the turbine comes from Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Vestas or MHI Vestas, it shall be shipped to the same areas, be placed in the same environments and with the same service life. ”There are still different requirements on for example surface treatment of the towers and unique specifications for boat landing to the turbine. There is presumably no reason for this”, says Glenda Napier.
The innovation cooperation shall also identify if solutions for sea fastening of towers and blades can be found, which to a greater extent can be recycled, and if the sea- and road transport of the turbine parts can be optimised through standardised systems.
”We are sure that the combined know-how and experience from more of the largest players in the industry and all the specialised sub-contractors can give some innovative solutions which the entire wind industry can benefit from”, says Glenda Napier.
She designates the coordination as unique and ground-breaking:
”If three of the largest players of the industry can cooperate on cost reductions of benefit to the competitiveness of the entire industry, then others can too. Other players, who have equal or perhaps competitive activities, can follow the example and work together on cost reductions focusing on what serve the projects best. We are at your disposal as the neutral platform where the dialogue can take place”, says Glenda Napier.
”Offshore wind is in the transitional phase between establishment and industrialisation where standardised solution will increasingly be mass-produced at specialised companies”.
Glenda Napier, CEO of Offshoreenergy.dk.
At first, the cooperation will cover the following areas:
- Common lifting standard
- Design guideline for transport/lifting equipment
- Common concepts for transport/lifting equipment
- Inspection and surface treatment of moulded and welded steel
- Access to the turbine from sea