HAMBURG, Germany – DNV is planning a joint industry project (JIP) to create a decision tool and reference for use by all relevant parties of offshore wind projects.
These could be used during the specification, design, manufacture, procurement and approval of any equipment intended for installation and decommissioning of bottom-fixed wind turbines.
DNV expects wind energy capacity to grow from the current 5% of global electricity production to 33% in 2050, with bottom-fixed offshore wind power comprising 11% of the global grid-connected electricity supply at that point.
Kim Sandgaard-Mørk, executive vice president for Renewables Certification at DNV, said, “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, DNV naval architect and project manager, added, “Relevant parts from existing codes will be reused for building a clear and pragmatic certification scheme. 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.”
The JIP should launch in May.