More than 600 companies worldwide have entered for a Carbon Trust competition to find solutions to the problem of transferring engineers and equipment safely from boats to offshore wind turbines.
The Trust is calling for more entries ahead of the 26 November closing date, as it seeks possible solutions that will allow for people and equipment to be moved to deep water offshore wind environments.
Developing new systems to enable safe transfer of people to a turbine in 3m waves will allow for wider offshore maintenance windows, which will increase a turbine’s operating hours.
The Trust says the market for moving people and equipment could be worth as much as £1bn in the UK alone by 2020, and more than double that worldwide.
More than 300 entries so far have been received from the UK, with 120 coming from North America and 110 from continental Europe. The Trust is now particularly keen to receive entries based on experience from the oil and gas sector in South East Asia.
Competition winners will receive up to £100,000 per idea to support the design and development of the successful concepts. They will also work with eight leading offshore wind energy developers to advance their ideas.