14 June 2017
Offshoreenergy.dk gathers the offshore wind industry looking for common standards and new solutions to reduce costs in offshore wind parks significantly. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Vestas and MHI Vestas back the initiative.
Offshoreenergy.dk has initiated a gathering of the entire offshore wind value chain to target cost-saving solutions and common standards concerning design, installation and operation of offshore wind parks.
It can be much cheaper through a lot of specific innovation cooperation, says Glenda Napier, CEO of Offshoreenergy.dk:
”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”,
Embedded in Offshoreenergy.dk, the cooperation is open to everyone who wants to contribute to develop common standards and specifications.
Initial targets are towers, access to the wind turbine, lifting equipment and sea fastening, and several of the industry’s largest companies have already committed to taking an active part of such an innovation cooperation.
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 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.