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The Interreg funded Inn2POWER Project supports companies in the offshore wind sector to collaborate and enter new markets.

The Inn2POWER Company Directory is your address book to the European Offshore Wind Supply Chain. Explore this website to search the European offshore wind supply chain for partners and customers and browse the Innovation challenges posed to industry to reduce costs in the offshore wind supply chain.

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About Inn2POWER

Inn2POWER is a four-year Interreg project of eleven partners from the five leading offshore wind clusters in the North Sea Region – Denmark, United Kindom, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The aim is to expand the capacity for innovation and to improve access to the offshore wind industry for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by connecting offshore wind businesses in the North Sea Region.

Objectives

  • Strengthening North Sea Region offshore wind clusters
  • Supporting SMEs to collaborate and enter new markets
  • Developing innovative concepts for port and harbour logistics
  • Facilitating access to test and demonstration facilities
  • Improving the skills and availability of personnel

Rationale for Inn2POWER

The offshore wind industry (OWI) is an important driver for economic development in the North Sea Region (NSR) but is challenged by the need for further cost reductions, continuous innovation and improved acceptance of the industry. In order to secure growth in the OWI around the North Sea Region small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) need to play a key role in tackling those challenges. SMEs represent a high percentage of the industry and can be highly innovative, offering unique capabilities based on their specialized skills, drive and flexibility. Inn2POWER offers targeted support measures to SMEs and supports collaborations on a regional, sectoral and transnational level. Thus Inn2POWER helps SMEs to overcome possible structural disadvantages and to realize their full innovation potential.

Partners

  • Regional Development Agency West Flanders (POM West-Vlaanderen), Belgium – Coordinator of Inn2POWER
  • WAB e.V. (Windenergie-Agentur WAB e.V.), Germany
  • Autonomous Municipal Enterprise Port of Oostende (Autonoom Gemeentebedrijf Haven Oostende), Belgium
  • University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven (Hochschule Bremerhaven), Germany
  • Kent County Council, United Kingdom
  • National Innovation Center/Business Academy Southwest (Erhvervs-akademi Sydvest), Denmark
  • Offshoreenergy.dk (Fonden Offshore Center Denmark), Denmark
  • Nautilus Associates Ltd – Orbis Energy, United Kingdom
  • Province of Groningen (Provincie Groningen), The Netherlands
  • Flanders’ Maritime Cluster, Belgium
  • Northern development Institute NOM (Noordelijke Ontwikkelings Maatschappij), The Netherlands

Co-funded by:

The Inn2POWER project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund Interreg North Sea Region Programme.

Innovation Challenges

The following list are innovation challenges are posed to the supply chain by operators, developers, and research bodies across Europe as areas with the potential to drive down the cost of offshore wind energy significantly in the short to medium term.

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Research into the most efficient port infrastructure to support long term O&M including incorporating multiple wind farm operations out of one offshore wind port in different global regions

This project would include an assessment of efficiencies and possible locations for offshore wind specific port facilities, and for ports capable of managing both installation and long term O&M. It will also cover the collaborative exploration of the feasibility/practicality of combined or shared control rooms or operational facilities (e.g. the ops base, staff, and storage facilities) amongst developers/project operators at neighbouring offshore wind farms.

Source: ECOWindS

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Establish practical and accessible logistics hubs/facilities, utilising innovative component storage techniques to house new/spare/repaired components prior to use or removal

These logistics hubs provide an accessible base where components can be delivered, held securely and collected as necessary for use, repair or recycling/disposal. They could be placed at onshore locations, close to manufacturing facilities or the port side, or offshore

Source: ECOWindS

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Development & testing of standardised & improved systems for the transportation of components

To reduce costs and improve efficiencies of logistics, both onshore and offshore, this project will develop and test standardised and improved component transportation tools/solution, and bring these to commercial use. The project may include innovations such as standard lashing systems to fix core structures/components to the vessel deck to substitute welding as a means of securing components during offshore transport. 

Source: ECOWindS

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Establish test centres for the development and testing of transport & lifting solutions for large components of the OW industry

The project will consider and map existing relevant testing centres across Europe Inc. LORC, and may also address funding options to finance testing of innovations utilising such testing facilities

Source: ECOWindS

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R&I in the installation processes for offshore wind turbines and associated infrastructure

This project will include investigation of how installation by jack-up vessels could be improved, for example through optimising design or adopting innovative vessel management techniques such as vessel sharing concepts recommended by Crown Estates. It will also include an investigation of alternatives to using jack-ups e.g. float-out installation techniques or innovative new vessels such as designs by OWTIS.

Source: ECOWindS

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Innovative solutions to improve capabilities and reduce costs of installation of foundations and substructures

A significantly costly and potentially environmentally damaging aspect of foundation installation is the drilling/piling activities required. This project will research minimising/mitigating installation noise; continue research into noise cancellation, anti-noise, silencers and mufflers with a view to work towards year round installation. 

Source: ECOWindS

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RDI to improve cable installation and protection methods at a low cost

The project will investigate methods/processes to reduce the costs associated with installation and damage prevention of offshore subsea caballing. This will include identifying measures to maximise the safe range of working conditions for installation and trenching activities, and the development/adoption of improved solution to cable protection/scour prevention. 

Source: ECOWindS

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Design and development of innovative, low cost solutions to the challenges in electrical export and grid connection for offshore wind power

The project will facilitate Innovation to improve current technologies in electrical export and grid connection for offshore wind power. Innovative solutions will incorporate improved reliability and reduced size, weight and cost of HVDC platforms.

Source: ECOWindS

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Design of efficient O&M strategies incorporating condition monitoring, technician experience, and preventative risk based inspection

This project will concern the design of efficient operations and maintenance strategies incorporating field service experience. Preventative, risk based inspection techniques, responding to condition monitoring and other indicators will also be incorporated.

Source: ECOWindS

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R&D into the best practices (methods) for the effective repair and/or replacement of turbine components

This project will establish highly reliable best practices for the onsite repair of components where possible, and for their easy removal and replacement where necessary. To prolong the lifetime of turbines and their components, the possibility of repair or reuse of the turbine components should always be evaluated. These best practices should be incorporated into the design of O&M strategies for operators and OEMs, and methods to verify and evaluate the efficiency of new repair techniques should also be incorporated.

Source: ECOWindS

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Research and innovations to provide safe and effective solutions to improve the inspection and repair of turbine blades on site

There is already activity taking place in this innovation area. E.g. GEVs blade repair habitat, and ORE Catapults BLEEP project, any new research projects should aim to build on the work that has already taken place.

Source: ECOWindS

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Explore and improve methods for blade condition monitoring and research to understand failure mechanisms acting on damaged, cracked or eroded blades

The project will explore improved blade condition monitoring through utilising sensors imbedded into the blade during manufacture, use of UAVs and AUVs, and other methods such as new image capture methods for inspection that reduce the need for physical inspection by technicians. Research into blade integrity should be coordinated with existing research e.g. Catapults BLEEP project. 

Source: ECOWindS

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Research project to utilise and intelligently assess turbine operation and condition data to assess asset integrity and remaining lifetime

This project facilitates active research and innovation in the assessment of asset data and its intelligent analysis alongside power curve data to enable the following;

  1. Improved understanding of asset integrity and remaining lifetime
  2. Improved fault prediction capabilities of offshore wind turbine control systems, and the development of improved offshore wind turbine control systems
  3. Improved operations, maintenance and logistics planning based on known turbine and asset integrity as opposed to routine inspection and servicing
  4. Understanding of the real lifetime and service requirements of turbines and their components
  5. Analyse data regarding turbine performance in differing environmental conditions such as clean/dirty air (air quality), air density, moisture, turbulence, distance from shore to see the best performing conditions

Source: ECOWindS

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Research & innovation to establish efficient and effective data collection practices that are adopted widely by developers and operators and enable the confidential sharing of data that is consistent, comparable, reliable and valuable

This is a broad project concept aimed at enabling the efficient collection & sharing of data from offshore turbines and associated components/assets to allow better data analysis and condition monitoring. The project/research will include the following;

  1. Development of standardised reporting and data collection from OWFs; identifying and defining best practice in the type of data that should be collected, and the frequency of collection of each data point
  2. Development of models for confidential sharing of data from OWFs, making use of existing data platforms and projects e.g. Crown Estates online Marine Exchange, ORE Catapults SPARTA and ODIN projects, Fraunhofer IWES, etc.; project will be cross-regional, establishing an EU platform for data collection involving OEMs and operators, confidentiality maintained, and make data available to the right audience
  3. Develop software to manage data collected from site, process it, and present it in a format that can easterly be shared
  4. Incorporate/establish widely adopted remote monitoring practices and other innovative solutions to reduce the burdens of turbine monitoring e.g. use of remote sensors, UAVs, AUVs and other tech solutions to the condition monitoring of turbines and components such as drive trains and of foundations and substructures (monitoring corrosion, load, grouting and the structural integrity of steel/concrete foundations)

Source: ECOWindS

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R&I in the monitoring and analysis of weather data on site, with improved models for on-site weather prediction to support OWF design, installation and O&M activities

Project should include; extracting additional value from existing metrological data sources. Acquiring environmental data such as wind speed, atmospheric temperature, wave height and turbidity, and Improvements in forecasting weather to result in improved operational efficiencies. Explore the feasibility of using innovative apparatus, e.g. measurement of surface wind from swilling elements (buoys) to substitute met masts/apparatus for localised gust monitoring using low cost LIDAR technologies.

Source: ECOWindS

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Standardised and improved procedures for monitoring environmental conditions on site at offshore wind farms, from planning, construction through to O&M phases

The practices and requirements for environmental monitoring/data collection at all stages in the OWFs life can be a costly burden on developers and operators

Source: ECOWindS

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Standardised and improved procedures for geophysical and environmental monitoring at offshore wind farms, from planning, construction through to O&M phases

Research  & Innovation to improve accuracy and efficiency of geophysical data collection technology will be incorporated into this project

Source: ECOWindS

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Research and innovation in the design and development (including prototyping/testing) of new vessels, or the adaption/improvement of existing vessels, for use in installation and O&M activities

Project(s) in this area should include R&I into a number of possible options in vessel design;

  1. The adaption/optimal use of existing vessels used in offshore wind and neighbouring marine sectors,
  2. Development of European wide standards for the design and use of installation and OWS vessels
  3. Explore the cost efficiencies of multi-purpose vessel designs to accommodate installation and O&M tasks for growing turbine size, verses specialised vessels for specific offshore wind applications e.g. 'Feeder vessel' systems as efficient & powerful installation vessels / pontoons which stay offshore and are supplied with components and materials by smaller vessels
  4. Explore the cost efficiencies of alternatives to many small Service Operation Vessels (SOVs) for larger and further offshore projects such as adopting the use of larger vessels or mother ship systems
  5. Establish demand for larger passenger or crew transfer vessels, their limitations, advantages and efficiencies that could be made
  6. Discuss with classification bodies the passenger carrying capabilities of vessels and how this can be updated or improved
  7. R&I into extending weather windows for offshore wind servicing e.g. innovative vessels capable of working in larger wave heights (>4m), or equipment to reduce wave heights affecting vessel stability (Crestwing)
  8. Research into access systems that are suitable for greater wave heights

Source: ECOWindS

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Optimise tools/software for logistics planning effectively incorporating the management and movement of materials, components, tools, vessels, maintenance activities, work routines, documents, and staff into the operation of OWFs

Logistics planning tools exist to an extent and are used in practice by different operators, but there is no standard, consistent approach available. The project will define what is needed, bring together existing tools and capabilities, to optimise or develop new, effective tool. An effective logistics planning tool may incorporate and monitor vessel movements, weather monitoring and/or prediction of weather conditions, environmental data and integrity information.  This project will also explore & encourage innovative solutions for sharing of resources including staff and vessels between operators and neighbouring offshore wind farms. Logistics planning tools should be functional across individual & multiple OWF sites.

Source: ECOWindS

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Development of offshore accommodation options that are reliable, fit for purpose and can increase productivity during summer and winter campaigns

Project would investigate the best use of offshore accommodation to ensure greatest levels of productivity. This will be especially important in new developments that are further from shore.

Source: ECOWindS

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Research into the efficiencies of designing in helicopter access to offshore wind turbines

E.g. placing pads on turbines and/or substations, to allow efficient use of helicopter access methodologies

Source: ECOWindS

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Research into the requirements for accurate dynamic positioning systems for vessels operating within offshore wind farm boundaries, and provision of innovative and effective DP tools to achieve these requirements

This project will include research investigating the true requirements for accurate dynamic positioning systems for vessels of all types operating within offshore wind farm boundaries, and innovation to provide effective DP tools to meet this requirement. Offshore Oil & Gas classes are often too expensive for OWS; projects in this area will seek to challenge DNV-GL and others to develop a separate vessel classes for OWS with focus on reducing vessel costs.

Source: ECOWindS

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Develop simulation apparatus and programmes to provide standardised, real-time training for key offshore wind operations

This project would begin with reference to simulation models developed through the ECOWindS project, and continues to develop and disseminate the simulator provision in line with industry needs.

Source: ECOWindS

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Develop standardised training courses to ensure a good and comparative level of technical competence amongst workers across Europe

The project will define training standards covering a scope of learning objectives within installation and O&M of offshore wind. Training standards will build on existing standards e.g.  GOW and will take into account different turbine models, and be valid across Europe.

Source: ECOWindS

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Establish and promote standard/best practice H&S regulations for OWF operations

This project will include the development & establishment of consistent procedures for open and transparent H&S reporting, building on existing and established H&S reporting structures such as G9 forum

Source: ECOWindS

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Development of technology testing facilities relevant to OWS, and critical to encourage and facilitate innovation

This project will map existing facilities/capabilities for the testing of new technologies and processes in offshore wind servicing across Europe and identify gaps in the provision or where demand for facilities is not met. The feasibility, location and cost of one or more European testing centres will then be explored.

Source: ECOWindS

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Research to identify the key lessons learned from installation and O&M practices, identifying and feeding back opportunities for cost reduction in OWS through improved turbine design

Industry engagement demonstrates that some challenges experienced during OWS could be addressed at the turbine design stage. The project will identify and feedback lessons learned to encourage innovation for instance in the standardisation of components, turbine designs or access points with the requirements of servicing in mind (ensuring there is adequate working space and access key components for servicing), standardisation in substation design, innovations to reduce the weight or improve the design of components, towers, and blades for easy transport & installation, etc.  

Source: ECOWindS

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Research and development into the optimal use of protective coatings for offshore assets

The project should learn lessons from neighbouring and related industries

Source: ECOWindS

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Establish standardised contracting arrangements for suppliers at different levels of the offshore wind supply chain

This project is expected to enable smaller companies and third parties to enter the supply chain more easily

Source: ECOWindS

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The Interreg funded Inn2POWER Project will support companies in the offshore wind sector to collaborate and enter new markets. The Inn2POWER Company Directory is your address book to the European Offshore Wind Supply Chain.

Please fill out your Company Information here to register your details.

For the full project website visit Inn2POWER online: http://northsearegion.eu/inn2power/

For more information about the project please contact your country representative:

UK:

Sarah Niddrie-Webb
Nautilus Associates Ltd.
Tel: +44 (0)333 370 4429,
Email: sarah.niddrie-webb@nautilus.uk.com

Belgium:

Ann Overmeire
Blue Cluster
Tel: +32(0)59 26 75 15
Email: ann.overmeire@blauwecluster.be

Denmark:

Gustavo Ferraz de Luna
Email: gl@offshoreenergy.dk

Germany:

Nike Fuchs
WAB e.V.
Tel: +49 471 39177 22
Email: nike.fuchs@wab.net

The Netherlands:

Dirk Jan Hummel
Email: dirkjan.hummel@kvk.nl

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