Industry leaders launch four new challenges to drive innovation in floating offshore wind

By: Chloe Emanuel

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Four new challenges, presented by industry leaders Vattenfall & Seagust, Equinor, Deep Wind Offshore & EDF Renewables, and Å Energi & Corio, have been launched in the NOW Accelerator program. These challenges aim to push the boundaries of innovation in floating offshore wind.

The world of renewable energy is constantly evolving, and the floating offshore wind sector is at the forefront of this transformation. Four new challenges, presented by industry leaders Vattenfall & Seagust, Equinor, Deep Wind Offshore & EDF Renewables, and Å Energi & Corio, are part of the NOW Accelerator program by Norwegian Offshore Wind. They are leveraging the Open Innovation platform, Wazkou, to foster groundbreaking solutions. 


1. Vattenfall & Seagust: Enhancing Economic Efficiency in Floating Offshore Wind Production


Vattenfall, in strategic partnership with Seagust, has set a challenge to significantly enhance the economic efficiency of floating offshore wind production. The goal is to optimise electricity production by increasing Annual Energy Production (AEP), improving market value, and optimising balancing contributions. This challenge is not just about incremental improvements but seeks transformative innovations that can substantially increase profitability. Solutions that can optimise the design, operation, and maintenance of floating wind farms are crucial to meeting this challenge. 
 
2. Equinor: Sustainability and Reuse of Floating Offshore Wind Substructures


Equinor is focusing on the sustainability and reuse of floating offshore wind substructures, addressing a critical gap in the industry. While progress has been made in the recycling of wind turbine blades, the industry lacks experience in the decommissioning and recycling of large-scale floating offshore wind farms. Equinor’s challenge is to develop effective strategies for managing the end-of-life phase of floating substructures, whether steel or concrete. Innovations in this area are vital for promoting circularity and sustainability in offshore wind projects. Solutions could include new materials, design optimisations, or novel recycling processes.
 
3. Deep Wind Offshore & EDF Renewables: Drilling Techniques for Hard Rock Foundations


Deep Wind Offshore, in collaboration with EDF Renewables, is tackling the challenge of developing efficient and safe drilling techniques for the installation of wind turbine anchors in hard rock foundations. Traditional methods have proven inadequate for these conditions, leading to the avoidance of potential wind farm sites. This challenge aims to foster innovations that enable the expansion of offshore wind power generation into new, challenging terrains. Solutions might involve advancements in drilling technology, new materials for anchors, or innovative installation techniques that can handle hard rock substrates.
 
4. Å Energi & Corio: Environmental Monitoring for Floating Offshore Wind Farms


Nordvegen Vind, a partnership between Corio Generation and Å Energi, is focusing on developing innovative monitoring technologies for the environmental impacts of floating offshore wind farms. This challenge targets the precise measurement of micro plastic pollution, noise pollution, and effects on biodiversity within marine environments. The goal is to create solutions that provide detailed, real-time environmental data, ensuring the sustainability and regulatory compliance of offshore wind projects. Innovations here could include advanced sensor technologies, data analytics platforms, or new methodologies for environmental impact assessment.



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4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
Chloe Emanuel

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