Last week, the European Commission shared their strategy on Offshore Renewable Energy. This has been a trending topic since, on which the Dutch National Television broadcasted the following. The EU strategy proposes to increase Europe’s offshore wind capacity from its current level of 12 GW to at least 60 GW by 2030 and to 300 GW by 2050. It is announced as a “crucial project for the energy transition” by Frans Timmermans (vice President of the EC). These set targets require 25 times more Offshore Wind projects than currently planned. IQIP believes in the set targets and ambitions to move the energy transition higher on the priority list.
How come offshore wind is the most ideal solution for the green energy demand in Europe? The continent certainly has the right soil, water depths and strong winds for large wind farms. These clear European targets and the roadmap ahead are an important signal. Especially since investments are high, project development is time consuming, and the supply chain has to be ready. The stronger the set targets and ambitions, the more security for large investments which have to be made by all parties involved. A strong supply chain and cooperation between parties is key here. IQIP has been part of the supply chain since day one and is facing these challenges head on. In an article written by the Financieel Dagblad last weekend, it can be read between the lines that some concerns in relation to the supply chain have been raised. IQIP is reaching out to the developers, contractors, designers and all other parties involved to overcome supply chain challenges together and make the EU ambitions possible.
The frontrunner in Offshore Wind
Technological advances and innovation are required to reduce the lifetime costs of the energy generated and raise the competitiveness of ocean energy technologies. IQIP has always been a frontrunner and innovator in the Offshore Wind & Renewables market. Ever since the Lely project in 1994.
IQIP is heavily investing in new future proof equipment, data and knowledge. In fact, the challenges of the market are embedded in its 2025 strategy and innovation roadmap. Keeping in mind the number of projects, the growth of XXL monopiles and how to mitigate the environmental impact as much as possible.
Solutions for noise and XXL monopiles combined
IQIP offers the most powerful hammer in the world, the S-4000 Hydrohammer. The hammer installs the largest monopiles now and in the coming years (up to at least 2024). But we are already investing in even bigger hammers for the next phase and the phase thereafter. The Hydrohammer S-5500 design is ready and will suit the need of increasing turbines up to 14GW or more. But there is more than size and power alone. Noise regulations are becoming increasingly important. Therefore, we introduced PULSE earlier this year, to mitigate the impact of these large hammers as well as specific hammer control settings such as High-low. Investments are also made to supply the hammer of choice in the long term, by means of the BLUE Piling Hammer. This technology enables us to scale up the diameter sizes even further in combination with mitigating the additional noise at the source.
Next to piling, these huge piles and turbines need to be handled. IQIP’s portfolio includes accurate, sensitive and fail safe equipment for every size. In order for you to handle, lift, upend the biggest monopiles, transition pieces and blades. Custom made or from the shelf. We can advise you how to optimise your deck layout and even how to increase operations with, for example, our Combi Lifting Spread. In a partnership, we share deep-rooted knowledge and data on installation and geotechnical factors on how to optimise the piling procedure and improve, for example, the monopile design or mitigate noise in different regions. Joining forces with partners in the value chain can reduce precious time and money. We are open to sharing our insights. Are you with us?
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