Electric vehicles (EVs) complement offshore wind power generation

WORKING TOWARDS A BRIGHTER FUTURE WITH TECHNICAL MARINE RENEWABLE ENERGY SERVICES

Jun. 1 2018

Investment in renewable power is now more than double that of fossil fuels, with average annual investment of $267 billion from 2011 to 2016. This will increase as countries rush to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and meet COP21.

As battery-powered vehicles replace internal combustion engines, our cities will become cleaner and safer. Electric vehicles (EVs) complement offshore wind power generation as surplus wind energy can be used to recharge EVs and battery storage systems.

Recent zero-subsidy offshore wind auctions in Germany and the Netherlands are fantastic news for taxpayers, but create new challenges for the industry. Zero-subsidy bids are predicated on the development of next generation turbines with power ratings over 10MW. While most major manufacturers plan to build such machines, the whole supply chain must adapt to install and maintain them. 

So, how do you ensure new vessel designs and operating procedures are safe and cost effective? How do you ensure turbine and foundation designs will last for 25+ years with minimum maintenance? As we move further offshore, increasing water depths rule out bottom-fixed turbines. Numerous floating wind turbine designs are waiting to meet this challenge, but can you ensure your dynamic power cables will operate at utility-scale currents and voltages? Can you guarantee your turbine, its floater, and its moorings can withstand the hydro-dynamic loads of a typhoon?

Bureau Veritas Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) experts can review vessel, floater, cable and turbine designs, from a basic Approval in Principle to a full class or type-certified solution. This reduces project developers’ exposure to risks, limits costs, and helps attract investors who see offshore wind as a “cash cow” for long-term returns.

Bureau Veritas is also working with wave and tidal technology developers as well as companies exploring next-generation technologies like ocean thermal energy conversion. Significant testing and demonstration will be required, and we are ready to support clients testing their prototype designs at highly accelerated lifetime testing facilities like the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, or offshore test sites such as SEM-REV, the European Marine Energy Centre and Wave Hub.