DNV GL calls for new guideline on earthquake and cyclone damage reduction for wind turbines

Independent energy advisory and certification body DNV GL has called on wind industry stakeholders to join a new Joint Industry Project (JIP) aimed at alleviating the impacts of cyclones and earthquakes on wind turbines.
DNV GL calls for new guideline on earthquake and cyclone damage reduction for wind turbines   
Wind turbine in South Korea

The ACE (Alleviating Cyclone and Earthquake Challenges for Wind farms) Joint Industry Project is aiming to gather experiences from cross-industry players to align wind turbine design methodologies for those extreme weather conditions.

Seismic and cyclone impacts on wind turbines is of critical importance in emerging offshore markets such as the Asian Pacific region like Taiwan, Japan, Korea as well as parts of the United States. As these countries are entering the offshore wind market with ambitious roadmaps to develop multi-megawatt offshore wind projects, providing a joint industry approach for designing turbines for these extreme local environmental conditions is vital, to ensure the safety of the offshore structures in those emerging markets.

The lack of an aligned guideline often leads to increased work volume between wind farm developer, turbine manufacturer, designer and certification body, causing delays and increasing costs of projects. The ACE Joint Industry Project aims to bring more transparency and reduce uncertainty in the design of offshore wind turbines. The Recommended Practice will increase the financial robustness of future wind farms developed for the emerging offshore markets.

“All industry stakeholders acting in emerging markets in the Asia Pacific region and the US will benefit from the ACE project as it will help to minimise cost, warranty and liability risks and optimize wind turbine design for seismic and typhoon conditions” said Kim Mørk, Executive Vice President Renewables Certification at DNV GL. “As the focus area for this joint industry project was developed mutually with different wind industry stakeholders, the feedback during the initiating phase has already emphasised the necessity of aligning the industry in this area”  

The call for partners is now open, companies interested in joining this Joint Industry Project can contact Marcus Klose, Project Manager of the JIP and Head of Section for Steel Structures at DNV GL, Renewables Certification:

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