Siemens Gamesa committed to lowering offshore wind costs through EU-funded i4Offshore project
As announced in December 2018, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Aalborg University in Denmark are leading the i4Offshore research and development project focused on significantly reducing the cost of offshore wind power. Officially entitled “Integrated Implementation of Industrial Innovations for Offshore Wind Cost Reduction”, the project is supported by a European Union grant of nearly EUR 20 million.
Presented by Jesper Moeller, Siemens Gamesa’s project lead and Senior Specialist in Offshore Technologies at SGRE’s Offshore Business Unit, the information focused on the testing and innovative technologies to be installed during the planned five-year project. He said “The project has the clear goal of uncovering new ways to reduce LCoE to across the industry. SGRE – together with the 15 total partners in the project – will demonstrate highly significant cost reductions covering the entire value chain from manufacturing to assembly to installation and O&M.”
Among the technology elements in focus, Moeller highlights the demonstration installation at a commercial site utilizing a hybrid material gravity jacket foundation optimized for low-cost manufacturing, and new low-cost cable-in-pipe array solution. Special focus is also being placed on optimized turbine and foundation installation, including installation solutions with a minimal environmental footprint.
The i4Offshore project will utilize a standard SG 10.0-193 DD offshore wind turbine.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 818153.