Industry and academia are coming together in an EU-funded R&D project to make offshore wind one of the most affordable energy sources.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Aalborg University (AAU) in Denmark are to lead a new research project, Integrated Implementation of Industrial Innovations for Offshore Wind Cost Reduction or i4Offshore, that aims to further reduce the cost of offshore wind power. The project will also test installation solutions with a minimal environmental footprint.
Supported by a European Union (EU) grant of €20M, from the EU’s European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, the project will demonstrate and test new offshore wind technology, leading to solutions which will make consumers’ electricity bills lower and more environmentally-friendly compared to fossil fuels and other renewable energy sources such as solar or hydropower.
A total of 15 project partners' companies are involved in the project in addition to Siemens Gamesa and AAU. They include: Universal Foundation, Bladt Industries, Per Aarsleff, Salzgitter, Windar Renovables, Dr Techn Olav Olsen, NKT Cables, SINTEF Ocean, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, Maersk Broker, Deugro Danmark, Fred Olsen Windcarrier and Technical University of Denmark.
Siemens Gamesa project lead Jesper Moeller said, “Siemens Gamesa is committed to reducing the cost of offshore wind energy, and greatly welcomes this grant. Our constant focus on innovation – along with strong partners, customers, and support such as from the EU – enables us to push the industry forward, delivering a lower levelised cost of energy and higher annual energy production. The R&D work we will do during this project will help our customers, ratepayers, and society-at-large.”
The i4Offshore project, which is based on classical engineering disciplines such as structural analysis, geotechnical engineering, production and risk analysis, will test a complete installation of a future version of a full-scale Siemens Gamesa offshore turbine.
A new 1,000-tonne bucket foundation, steel jacket, concrete transition piece and a new cable connection will prove that the technology is reliable, and that production, transport, and installation can be done more cost effectively than today.
The Offshore Wind Journal Conference in London on 5 February 2019 will address key issues including global market developments, increasing turbine sizes, floating offshore wind and industry regulations.