INVERNESS, UK – The Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP) has awarded funding to Cambridge Vacuum Engineering (CVE) for the development of the Ebflow electron beam welding technology.
Global Energy Group (GEG) will support a trial program and qualification of the technology for use at its planned offshore wind tower manufacturing plant at the Port of Nigg, northeast Scotland.
The grant will assist deployment of the welding technology for producing long seam and circumferential seam welds.
According to GEG, high-productivity welding is critical to the economics of large-scale serial manufacturing.
Ebflow, it adds, can be applied to much larger structures than can be accommodated in a vacuum chamber.