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Siemens Gamesa and Aalborg University research offshore costs

(sf) Joint R&D project to receive almost €20m in EU support and text new offshore technologies

Wind OEM Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) and Denmark’s Aalborg University (AAU) will receive almost €20m (22.6m) in EU support over five years for the i4Offshore research and development project on significantly reducing the cost of offshore wind power.

The project named “ Integrated Implementation of Industrial Innovations for Offshore Wind Cost Reduction " aims to demonstrate and test new offshore wind power technologies, leading to solutions to make consumers' electricity bills both lower and more environmentally-friendly compared to fossil fuel sources or other renewable energy sources, SGRE said.

“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 Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE) and higher annual energy production,” said Jesper Moeller, project lead and senior specialist in offshore technologies at SGRE’s offshore business unit.

Next to SGRE and AAU, another 15 partners are involved in the R&D project, including Universal Foundation A/S, Bladt Industries A/S, Per Aarsleff A/S, Salzgitter AG, Windar Renovables, Dr. Techn. Olav Olsen AS, NKT Cables GmbH & Co KG, SINTEF Ocean, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore SA, Maersk Broker K/S, Deugro Danmark A/S, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

The i4Offshore project is based on classical engineering disciplines such as structural analysis, geotechnical engineering, production and risk analysis, and will test a complete installation of a future version of a full-scale Siemens Gamesa offshore turbine.

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A new 1,000-ton bucket foundation, a steel jacket, a concrete transition piece and a new cable connection are slated to prove that the technology is reliable, and that production, transport, and installation can be done more cost effectively than today.

“One of the challenges of offshore wind energy is that the high cost of building offshore wind turbines has necessitated various governmental subsidies to improve the business case,” said University of Aalborg professor Lars Bo Ibsen.

“While all forms of industrial power generation receive governmental support, whether from renewable, fossil, or other sources, our project aims at making offshore wind energy even more cost-effective without external financial support.”

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