Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Industry steps forward to defend offshore wind

Engineers and developers have this week stepped forward to defend the Carbon Trust’s offshore wind turbine foundation development programme.

The scale and diversity of Round 3 offshore wind projects will require a wide range of new foundations that can be delivered quickly, experts said, after designs developed through the programme were criticised as being risky and not offering sufficient cost savings (NCE 17 June).

The Trust’s offshore £30M accelerator programme is looking at reducing costs of offshore foundations in up to 80m of water.

“Combination of technologies”

Gifford geotechnical director Stephen West said diverse technologies and better integrated approaches to installation will be needed due to the great number of turbines required and the variation in sea bed and ground conditions across the UK. In turn this would mean relying on “a combination of oil, and gas and new technologies”, he said.

As the Carbon Trust announced last week that Mainstream Renewable Power and Statkraft have joined its Offshore Wind Accelerator programme, existing programme member ScottishPower Renewables managing director Keith Anderson voiced his support for the scheme.

“The technological advances which have been identified will be central to offshore wind fully realising its enormous economic and environmental potential,” he said. “It is vital therefore that these measures are brought to market as quickly as possible.”

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.