By Jan Hylleberg CEO, The Danish Wind Industry Association (DWIA)
While there’s still much to be done, offshore wind has shown it can step up to its European challenges. Now, however, it’s time to shift up a gear to deliver in a truly global market.
There’s lots of development underway in O&M service vessels. And with good reason: An 8 MW turbine that stops generating power costs its owner or operator some EUR 20,000 per day. ‘Service operation vessels’ (SOVs) are being permanently stationed at major wind farms – and their form and function are undergoing revolutionary change.
Crew transfer vessels, or CTVs as they are known, are at the heart of the O&M vessel revolution. A2SEA’s offshore wind experts give their viewpoints on prominent CTV issues.
By Kristian Ruby,
Chief Policy Officer, EWEA
The wind industry has evolved greatly in the last three decades, and has emerged from the fringes to become a significant provider of electricity, accounting for more than 40% of all new power capacity additions in 2014 and covering 10% of Europe’s electricity consumption in the same period.
For people operating in the maritime sector, the emergence and growing importance of the offshore wind sector to deliver carbonfree electricity on a large scale presents many opportunities for investment and growth, with over 3,000 turbines installed at sea to date, in 11 European Member States. Continue reading
In 2014, DONG Energy announced that the MHI Vestas V164 8.0 MW turbine was the preferred model for Burbo Bank Extension, making it the first commercial site for an 8 MW turbine project. We asked A2SEA’s Hans Peter Johannsen what it takes to load, transport and install these huge structures. Continue reading
GLOBAL OFFSHORE WIND
21 – 22 JUNE 2016, MANCHESTER
In 2016, RenewableUK presents the association’s 15th annual offshore wind energy conference and exhibition. Taking place over two days, 21-22 June in Manchester, RenewableUK welcomes the global industry to the heart of the UK – all in one place at one time.
27 – 30 SEPTEMBER 2016, HAMBURG
From September 27-30, 2016, WindEnergy Hamburg will provide a comprehensive overview of the current status and future prospects of the sector – along the entire value chain of the international wind industry, onshore and offshore. It will take place on the grounds of the Hamburg Messe exhibition center. And A2SEA will be joining the Pavilion of Denmark. Scheduled to kick off right after SMM, the world’s leading trade fair for the maritime industry, WindEnergy Hamburg is expected to offer excellent synergy effects for offshore providers.
Leading engineering industry association FIDIC is currently developing new, standardised contract capabilities to support the offshore wind industry. We talked with Renewable energy law specialist Martin Sandgren of Ince & Co LLC (pictured) and Michael Junker, Head of Legal Affairs at A2SEA about what’s on the horizon. Continue reading
By Steen Drue,
Project Manager, A2SEA
When the mobilisation gets tough, the tough get mobilising
Monday, 30 June 2015: SEA CHALLENGER began mobilisation prior to installing 97 Siemens 6MW turbines at the Gode Wind 1+ 2 wind farms in the North Sea.
The task, which took place from 30 June to 31 July, called for the preparation of sea fastenings for turbine components, an extension of the main crane boom and the installation of a helideck. And, of course, everything had to be done in parallel and in a safe, well-coordinated manner. For added complexity, planned maintenance would be carried out simultaneously, too. Continue reading
Peter Schwartzbach’s recent one-month visit to the Far East, in connection with offshore wind developments in the region, certainly wasn’t his first Asian excursion for A2SEA. And most likely, it won’t be his last. Continue reading
By Rasmus Helveg Petersen,
Minister for Climate, Energy and Building
Much has changed since the eleven 450 kW turbines were erected in 1991 at Vindeby, the world’s first offshore wind farm. The Kriegers Flak project in Denmark will amount to 600 MW. We see the emergence of wind turbines in the 5-10 MW range, and simultaneously we see the design of installment vessels made specifically for offshore wind farm deployment.