Posters - WindEurope Annual Event 2024

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We would like to invite you to come and see the posters at our upcoming conference. The posters will showcase a diverse range of research topics, and will give delegates an opportunity to engage with the authors and learn more about their work. Whether you are a seasoned researcher or simply curious about the latest developments in your field, we believe that the posters will offer something of interest to everyone. So please join us at the conference and take advantage of this opportunity to learn and engage with your peers in the academic community. We look forward to seeing you there!

PO234: Solving energy challenges by improving industrialization processes for complex offshore wind foundations

Kristian Mikalsen, VP & Head of Business Development Offshore Wind, Aker Solutions


There are several challenges in today's energy market where the goal is to provide affordable, sustainable and secure energy supplies. Offshore wind is seen as a key driver building and delivering renewable energy quickly and at a large scale. Several countries are well into producing and building out offshore wind power and others are just getting started. Since the volume of offshore wind will drastically increase over the next decades, this will push the current supply chain capacity. Bottom fixed wind projects are still seen as the main driver for producing large amounts of offshore energy. The industry has been around for several decades, but everything is getting bigger. Bigger turbines, bigger towers, large complex foundations, and new vessel designs. This presentation will focus on methods of producing bottom fixed wind foundations at an industrial scale, focusing on steel jackets and concrete gravity-based foundations. We need to re-think strategies on how to produce a large number of complex foundations, not only looking at the best technical solution for the project, but also from a supply chain perspective. How can automated processes for producing steel jackets make European suppliers competitive? How can concrete gravity-based foundations be produced at a large and industrial scale in the local facilities close to the project site? The solutions to be presented are based on internal technical studies and business cases. Selected cases will be presented for steel jackets and concrete gravity structures, including access for installation vessels, areas needed and logistics operations. The main conclusion shows that new solutions and investments are needed for making complex foundations at an industrial scale, which will give developers better project economics.

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