14 June 2017
Evaluation: Four years of determined effort have created a strong, national offshore wind cluster, strengthening networking and innovation in the offshore wind industry.
The Danish offshore wind industry has been strengthened as a national and unified entity pulling in the same direction and delivering value to businesses in an efficient, well-coordinated and powerful cluster organisation.
This was the objective when the Offshore Wind Denmark (OWD) project was launched in January 2012 with a grant of just over DKK 35 million from the Region of Southern Denmark for a four-year effort – and a report just published by COWI concludes that the project, carried out by Offshoreenergy.dk together with the wind turbine industry and other partners, has borne fruit:
“The overall goal of Offshore Wind Denmark to create a simple and clear organisation within the offshore sector has been largely achieved,” the report concludes.
Clear cluster organisation
In the late 2000s, the Danish offshore wind industry was characterised by a number of different players with very similar networks, activities, products and services, leaving the companies with no feeling of being part of a global industry.
The companies needed a real coordinated national innovation effort – and they have got it through OWD.
“The aim was to change a fragmented industry and create a single, national cluster and innovation network. We have succeeded,” says Glenda Napier, CEO of Offshoreenergy.dk.
The evaluation also identifies concrete improvements still to be made. There is still a need for the division of responsibilities between the cluster organisation (OEDK) and the industry organisation (VMI) to be made even clearer.
So the report concludes that at the end of the project a cooperation agreement between the two organisations has still to be finalised, which would create even greater stability through a clear division of labour.
“It is clear from the report that a clearer division of labour between Offshoreenergy.dk and the wind turbine industry will create more stability. We must address this in the interests of the companies in the industry,” says Glenda Napier.
The project has achieved all of its stated objectives and in some areas delivered above expectations.
Among the results of these efforts highlighted by the report are:
Strong support from industry through the establishment of the advisory board, which will ensure that Offshoreenergy.dk’s work is relevant to cluster members.