An independent jury has nominated HOCHTIEF Solutions, Kenersys Europe and SkyWind for the international Windalliance Technology Award.
The award ceremony will take place at the leading international trade fair HUSUM WindEnergy on 19 September in Husum.
In addition to the innovative character of the products and solutions submitted, the selection criteria of the four-person jury of experts also included their ecological, economical and social benefits.
“The candidates were very diverse”, said jury member Dr. Klaus Rave, president of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and vice-president of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). “They ranged from new turbine concepts and process engineering to storage solutions and measuring systems.”
Noise protection for marine creatures
Partners HOCHTIEF Solutions AG, represented by the centres of excellence for offshore wind and tunnel construction in Hamburg and Essen, and HERRENKNECHT AG have jointly developed the “Offshore Foundation Drilling” (OFD) process.
With the OFD process the foundation elements are drilled out inside and their own weight is used to bring them into position in the foundation soil. This permits significantly larger monopile diameters than ever before, which makes it possible to install more powerful wind turbines even in heterogeneous geological conditions.
Compared with the usual ramming procedure, the new process also massively reduces the acoustic emissions, which fore example affect porpoises in the North and Baltic Seas.
Flexible: the Kenersys platform strategy
Münster-based Kenersys GmbH has developed the “One-World-Turbine”, a standardised platform for wind turbines suitable for most wind, grid and climate conditions worldwide.
Using a single technology platform, parameters such as rotor size, hub height or generator nominal capacity are adapted to suit the wind conditions of each site. Kenersys has thus been able to optimise the costs by using standardised components while creating a site-specific solution at the same time.
Modular: the modular technology test turbine from SkyWind
Costs can also by reduced with the new SkyWind 3.4-megawatt modular technology test turbine for wind turbine components.
The system that the Schleswig-Holstein based enterprise has entered for the technology prize has a modular structure throughout. All the main functions are assigned to individual modules. The system allows component manufacturers to test, exchange, develop and showcase new products in a real wind turbine. Because the tower also serves as a crane, the turbine can also be erected at not easily accessible locations with little logistical effort.
The Windalliance Technology Award is an international technology prize jointly awarded by Deutsche Messe AG and Messe Husum, and the first ever presentation will take place at the HUSUM WindEnergy 2012 trade fair.
The organisers use the award to honour outstanding innovations in the product and service sectors of the international wind industry.
In addition to Rave, the four-person jury also includes Dr. Jos Beurskens, former head of research, renewable energy and wind energy at the Dutch research institute ECN, Professor Alois Schaffarczyk from the Centre of Excellence for Wind Energy (CE Wind) in Kiel, and Dr. Kurt Rohrig from the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and und Energy System Technology in Kassel.