Sustainability assessment modes

The UN's Sustainable Development Goals icons, arranged in a circle.

As new data and new policy plans became available, we have started updating our Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) impact analysis. We are now using the OECD ICIO 2023 with higher sector and industry resolution. In addition, policy plans have become significantly more ambitious since our first draft analysis in 2021/2022, and global value chains have […]

Diffusion and innovation models for offshore wind technology

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A paper was pubished, developing a system dynamics model for the offshore wind industry. The innovative aspect was the explicit consideration of sustainability aspects in the dynamic systems that are modelled. These aspects have a significantly positive influence on the diffusion of offshore wind.

ConSite Wind – Consensus-based siting of onshore wind energy development

Interface of the ConSite Wind application

ConSite Wind is a Spatial Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis toolbox (S-MCDA) that is useful to build consensus, optimise spatial planning and improve transparent decision-making processes during the planning and licensing phase of wind energy projects. ConSite is designed to perform a combination of modern multi-criteria evaluation and decision analysis techniques for optimal siting of wind-power plants […]

Digital twin framework

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The main innovation has been the development of the Hybrid Analysis Modelling (HAM), Corrective Source Term Approach (CoSTA), and Component / Chain Reduced Order Modelling (ROM) approaches. These methods have demonstrated high accuracy, computational efficiency, and the ability to model the unknown while utilising existing knowledge to the maximum extent. Consequently, they are seen as […]

132kV collection grids

Map of the North Sea showing power and H2 connections.

Design of 132 kV collection grids for decreased harmonic interactions between turbinesA transition towards higher inter-array voltage level will be necessary to reduce the total number of cables needed and losses related to power transfer at lower voltages, as windfarms and individual turbines grow in power output. There are several technical challenges related to this […]

Improved analysis methods for safe personnel transfer to floating offshore wind turbines

A gangway is approaching an offshore wind substructure.

For floating offshore wind turbines in harsh environmental areas, the safety of personnel transferred from supporting vessels to the installations is of concern. Service vessels equipped with motion-compensated gangway systems are known to represent the state of the art in providing access to offshore wind turbines. Accurately modelling the motion behaviour of floating bodies in […]

Laser-arc hybrid welding (LAHW)

Close-up of welding procedure.

The innovation LAHW has been further developed in 2023 in terms of optimising process parameters, improving process stability, and reducing defects in the weld as well as using AE for process monitoring.Some improvement has been achieved; however, the innovation is still at a low TRL (2-3). Updated: 03/2023 One of the most powerful laser welding […]

SKARV – Bird collision avoidance system

Illustration showing the concept of the SKARV innovation, which will help avoid collisions between birds and wind turbines.

SKARV is a bird collision avoidance system which uses cameras to detect approaching birds, and artificial intelligence to predict their trajectory. The wind turbine can then adjust the pitch of its blades to reduce its speed and prevent a collision. Read more about SKARV: How can control engineering save birds in wind farms?

Subsea connectors for large-scale floating wind farms

Illustration of a subsea substation with wires connected to it and an inset highlighting a wet-mate connector.

Floating wind in deep waters offers a huge energy production potential but is still at an early stage of development. For far-from-shore floating wind farms, the transmission costs including inter-array cabling account for almost half of the total costs. Improved and innovative power components are therefore key to reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) […]