DNV seeks partners for joint offshore wind projects

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DNV is seeking partners for a new joint industry project (JIP) for floating offshore wind substations.

The plan is to improve tech development and standards.

“In DNV’s latest Energy Transition Outlook Report, we predict that by 2050, the installed floating wind capacity will have grown to over 260 GW and that the technology will reach commercial-scale deployment in the next 15 years,” said Kim Sandgaard-Mørk, executive vice president for Renewables Certification at DNV. “Although essential for scaling floating offshore wind farms, floating substations have not received the same degree of attention as their turbine counterparts, therefore we are initiating this JIP.”

Kim Sandgaard-Mørk, executive vice president for renewables certification at DNV. (Courtesy: DNV)

“Together with partners from the industry, DNV developed the standard DNV-ST-0145 Offshore Substations,” said Markus Kochmann, head of offshore substations in renewables certification at DNV. “Over the past 10 years, this standard became widely used in the industry. The current standard focuses on bottom-fixed substations, but we see a growing trend toward floating wind, and we want to use this JIP to support the industry by developing rules applicable for floating substations.”

The plan is to carry the project out over one year, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2021.
“Substations are the heart of each offshore wind farm as they collect the electrical energy produced in wind turbines and convert the electricity for the transfer to consumers onshore via export cables,” said Kristin Nergaard Berg, Senior Principal Consultant at DNV and Project Manager for the JIP. “We see a huge interest from the industry to join our JIP. Over 50 participants from more than 20 companies spanning across the entire value chain for offshore wind joined DNV in a first workshop where the scope of work has been discussed.”

“A call for more interested partners is still open, and we are looking forward to welcome more companies onboard to enhance technology development for floating offshore wind substations,” she said.

The results of this JIP will be used to update the DNV-ST-0145 standard, making it applicable for floating offshore substations.

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