Vestas to test sustainable aviation fuel at Baltic Eagle wind farm

By: Chloe Emanuel

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23/05/2024 Vestas

Vestas Wind Systems A/S has announced a pilot project to test Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at the Baltic Eagle Wind Farm in the Baltic Sea. This initiative will see Vestas technicians and jack-up vessel crew using helicopters partly powered by SAF to travel to and from the wind farm during the construction of 50 offshore wind turbines.

SAF, produced from bio-waste materials like used cooking oil or tallow, is a more sustainable alternative to conventional jet fuel. The project, which will run until September 2024, involves helicopters from Leonardo S.p.a. flying on approximately 40% SAF, supplied by DCC & Shell Aviation Denmark A/S. This blend rate is among the highest permitted today and marks the first use of such a high SAF blend rate in offshore wind farm construction.
The use of SAF is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by about 32% per flight compared to conventional jet fuel. Vestas will evaluate the environmental impact of SAF at the project's conclusion.

This project aligns with Vestas’ goal to become carbon neutral in its operations by 2030 and to reduce supply chain emissions by 45% per MWh generated. Offshore wind projects typically have higher CO2 emissions from construction and service operations due to the need for vessels and helicopters, prompting the development of new sustainable solutions.

Kieran Walsh, Senior Vice President and Head of Construction at Vestas Northern & Central Europe, highlighted the significance of the initiative: “There is a significant need for more sustainable solutions during these wind farms' construction and operation phases. The potential for using SAF in offshore operations is high and we are pleased to further exploit this potential.”

Sune Petersen, Head of Strategy and Sustainability at DCC & Shell Aviation Denmark, added: “The delivery of SAF to Roskilde Airport, which will serve as a helicopter base during Vestas' pilot project, marks another milestone in our efforts to support the growing demand for alternatives to conventional jet fuel.”

Oliver Freiland, CEO of HeliService, emphasized the commitment to sustainability: "Vestas' decision to use SAF for the crew change flights demonstrates our joint commitment to operate more sustainably in terms of CO2 reduction."
This project could set a precedent for the use of SAF in offshore wind farm operations, supporting broader efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of renewable energy projects.

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