Technology is being sought to reduce emissions and fuel consumption, enhance operations and reduce maintenance needs of crew transfer vessels.
The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) has issued a call for entries from companies and consortia interested in undertaking a study to evaluate potential technology for reducing emissions and fuel consumption that are suitable for use on offshore wind vessels.
“In order to implement these technologies, an understanding of the necessary infrastructure is required. The objective for the assessment part of the project is to understand the current and future technology applicable for offshore wind vessels, for example electric, hybrid-electric, liquefied natural gas, or hydrogen fuel cell hybrid-electric propelled vessels, and determine what their potential is for meeting the objectives,” said the OWA.
The focus of the project is expected to be on crew transfer vessels (CTV) during the operations and maintenance (O&M) phase of an offshore windfarm.
The OWA believes that CTVs will act as a lower cost proof-of-concept with the intention that the technology, when proven, can also be utilised by larger service operations vessels, where work is under way on other projects to reduce their emissions and fuel consumption. “The O&M phase is more suited to long-term planning and facilitating potential new infrastructure required to support new technology,” said the OWA.
In parallel to the technology assessment, a competition is to be run to support and accelerate the introduction of technology shown to have the potential to meet these challenges.
Apart from reducing vessel emissions, fuel costs and maintenance costs, the OWA wants to understand and evaluate the cost-benefit of existing and future powering and storage technologies, particularly from other industries.
It also wants to derisk and accelerate the introduction of technology to reduce emissions for offshore wind by running an industry challenge or competition, and determine the infrastructure required for integrating this new technology into offshore wind operations.