DNV to launch joint industry project to adapt certification process of installation aids for offshore wind farms

Independent energy expert and assurance provider DNV is launching a JIP to develop a decision tool and reference that can be used by all stakeholders during the specification; design; manufacture; procurement and approval of any equipment intended for the installation and decommissioning of bottom-fixed wind turbines.  
DNV to launch joint industry project to adapt certification process of installation aids for offshore wind farms
Offshore wind farm, Denmark. Courtesy of NREL.

DNV forecasts that wind energy capacity will expand 15-fold, rising from 5 percent of global electricity production currently to 33 percent in 2050. With higher and more-reliable wind speeds, and less constraints on hub heights and site locations, offshore wind will continue to show a 14 percent average annual growth, and bottom-fixed offshore wind power will constitute 11 percent of the global grid-connected electricity supply by 2050.

However, as Kim Sandgaard-Mørk, Executive Vice President for Renewables Certification explains: 

“Increasing and complex demands on the fixed offshore wind turbine installation aids are pushing existing processes and standards to the limit. Different practices and a lack of standardization are creating inconsistency, unnecessary costs, and risks throughout the industry. The outcome of the JIP will be a reliable benchmark for the industry to save time and money for all involved stakeholders.”

Dr. Marius Popa, Naval Architect and Project Manager at DNV, added that relevant parts from existing codes will be reused for building a clear and pragmatic certification scheme.

“We shall identify potential gaps  and incorporate proper solutions for closing them in the outcome of the JIP” said Dr Popa. “The development of a unified, technology-agnostic approach will ensure consistency across the supply chain without excluding customization, such that any user can refer to internal standards during their decision-making process, without deviating from the industry standard.”

DNV is continuously working with the industry to develop up-to-date standards and recommended practices tailored to the demands of the advancing renewables market. For this initiative, DNV is partnering with players from all parts of the offshore industry, such as equipment manufacturers (wind turbine components and installation aids), offshore constructors and field developers, operators of wind turbines fields, and insurers.

The company is now in advanced discussions over the initial JIP scoping proposal with Caley Ocean Systems (A Pryme Group Company), Huisman Equipment B.V., IMECA (a brand of Reel), Jan de Nul Group, Osbit, Remazel Engineering S.p.A, Saipem, SSE Renewables and TWD.

A call for additional partners remains open and more interested partners are likely to join. The pace of the initiation process is also likely to accelerate in the coming months, so that the JIP will be kicked off by May this year.

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