By Jonathan Winch
The supplier landscape in offshore wind has always been in a state of constant change. Over one and a half decades, it has developed enormously in capabilities and capacity. New players have flowed into the market, specialising in aspects such as surveying, cable laying, foundation installation or component transport – and a few have achieved significant size, or been acquired by larger companies in adjacent businesses.
Today, the most well-established players, of which A2SEA is one, have amassed lengthy track records and rich experience of many different aspects of the industry. It is now time to rethink and renew those established business models to handle the challenges of the next stage of offshore wind construction. Continue reading
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
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 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.
The standards work that has been performed by the established European offshore wind industry over more than a decade is creating a valuable HSE platform not only for North Europe, but also for less experienced markets such as Southern Europe, Asia and the USA. Continue reading
By Jens Frederik Hansen,
CEO, A2SEA A/S
Local content legislation introduces requirements aimed at creating jobs, promoting enterprise development and accelerating the transfer of skills and technologies. It’s a strategic issue for the industry that presents both challenges and opportunities. Continue reading
I’m a firm believer that the future, whatever it will bring, is created here and now. And I’m often reminded of this perspective when thinking about the offshore wind industry – particularly with regard to the current situations in Germany and the UK.
By Samuel Leopold, Executive Vice President, DONG Energy Wind Power
The offshore wind industry is facing two must-win battles. We need to reduce the cost of electricity from offshore wind turbines; and we need to improve our health and safety performance.
The two challenges have a number of similarities. In relatively few years, we need to accomplish what other industry sectors have spent many years achieving. Over the next ten years, we need to be at a health and safety level that matches the level that other sectors, including the oil and gas sector, have spent more than 100 years reaching. This is a major challenge. Continue reading
Asia Pacific (APAC) offshore wind is on everyone’s lips these days. But what does it take for established offshore outsiders to achieve success in the APAC offshore wind business? Where are the opportunities – and the potential pitfalls? Continue reading
Poised for growth
Around 80 percent of China’s electricity generation in 2050 can be met by renewable sources if appropriate policies and measures are taken, according to a report by Energy Transition Research Institute and WWF from February 2014*. And that has big implications for offshore wind in China.
From a starting point of 0 in 2011, the report projects possible growth in capacity to 175 GW by 2050. Interestingly, the report also finds that the total cost of power generation is less if transitioned to 80% renewable electricity sources by 2050 than if no specific clean energy or efficiency policies were made.