As announced in December 2018, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) and Aalborg University (AAU) in Denmark are leading the i4Offshore research and development project focused on significantly reducing the cost of offshore wind power.
Officially entitled “Integrated Implementation of Industrial Innovations for Offshore Wind Cost Reduction”, the project is supported by a European Union (EU) grant of nearly 20 million euro.
Presented today by Jesper Moeller, Siemens Gamesa’s project lead and Senior Specialist in Offshore Technologies at SGRE’s Offshore Business Unit, the information focused on the testing and innovative technologies to be installed during the planned five-year project.
“The project has the clear goal of uncovering new ways to reduce LCoE to across the industry. SGRE – together with the 15 total partners in the project – will demonstrate highly significant cost reductions covering the entire value chain from manufacturing to assembly to installation and O&M,” Moeller states.
Among the technology elements in focus, Moeller highlights the demonstration installation at a commercial site utilizing a hybrid material gravity jacket foundation optimized for low-cost manufacturing, and new low-cost cable-in-pipe array solution. Special focus is also being placed on optimized turbine and foundation installation, including installation solutions with a minimal environmental footprint.
Source: Company Press Release.