The i4Offshore research and development project focuses 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 (EU) grant of nearly 20 million euro.
The project will demonstrate and test new offshore wind power technologies, leading to solutions which will make consumers’ electricity bills both lower and more environmentally-friendly compared to fossil fuel sources such as oil or coal or other renewable energy sources such as solar or hydro power. This will be done by testing a complete installation of a future version of a full-scale Siemens Gamesa offshore turbine. A new 1,000-ton bucket foundation, a steel jacket, a concrete transition piece and a new cable connection will prove that the technology is reliable, and that production, transport, and installation can be done more cost effectively than today.
A total of 15 project partners companies are involved in the project in addition to SGRE and AAU. They are all experts within the offshore wind industry, and include Universal Foundation A/S, Bladt Industries A/S, Per Aarsleff A/S, Salzgitter AG, Windar Renovables, Dr. Techn. Olav Olsen AS, NKT Cables GmbH & Co KG, SINTEF Ocean, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore SA, Maersk Broker K/S, Deugro Danmark A/S, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, Technical University of Denmark (DTU).