Mammoet launches offshore wind innovation challenge


Mammoet and Offshore Wind Innovators are challenging innovators to find a solution for transferring and lifting components to floating and fixed-bottom offshore wind turbines.
Conventional wind turbines are getting bigger and are being built in large quantities, while floating wind farms are the new kid on the block. The intensity and complexity of maintenance is rising.

The two companies, in cooperation with TKI Wind op Zee, are launching the fifth Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge. The challenge will focus on finding solutions for the safe and efficient transfer of objects from a floating vessel to offshore wind structures to reduce the cost and the scheduled impact of maintenance.

Mammoet’s testing device can test high-capacity equipment to high loads with low risk and minimal impact to operations. (Courtesy: Mammoet)

The use of large (floating) installation vessels should be prevented and the companies are looking for solutions.

  • The challenge is split into three sub-sections:
  • How do you position the barge, ship, or vessel close to the wind turbine foundation, floater, or tower?
  • How do you transfer the components required for maintenance from a barge, ship or vessel onto the wind turbine structure, or floating foundation?
  • How do you transfer and lift the components toward the nacelle?

SME entrepreneurs can apply for the challenge until January 7, 2022. Then the entrepreneurs can present their idea or proven (complete or partial) solution during a January 21 session.

After that, companies can optimize their solutions until an April 2 deadline, with feedback and collaboration with Mammoet and TKI Wind op Zee. The finalists will be invited to pitch their developed concept to a broad audience during the Innovation Challenge Finals on May 13, 2022.

The participants will be able to create brand awareness and visibility of their innovations in the offshore wind community. In addition, they will get coaching and the chance to collaborate with Mammoet and its subsidiary company Conbit.

The first four editions of the Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge led to partnerships between almost all winners and leading companies.

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