Offshore Innovation Award seeking new ideas for offshore wind farms
Applications for the Offshore Innovation Award are now being accepted until the deadline of April 18, 2021. The Renewable Energy Hamburg (EEHH) cluster and the assurance service provider DNV will present the award on April 28 during the digital Hamburg Offshore Wind Conference (HOW). Organisers are looking forward to all kinds of bright ideas as the prize honours novel, innovative ideas in the industry. Submissions on hydrogen production, corrosion protection or the foundations of offshore wind farms are welcome.
Innovations needed in Germany’s offshore wind energy
"The new expansion target for offshore wind in Germany by 2040 and the EU's long-term goals for the sector have given the industry even more reason to prove the innovativeness shown over the past 20 years," said Jan Rispens, Managing Director of EEHH. Last year, the German Ministry of Economics announced its goal of setting up offshore wind power plants with a total capacity of 40 gigawatts in the North Sea and Baltic Sea by 2040. Peter Frohböse, Head of Engineering & Analytics in Energy Systems at DNV, commented: "Setting up offshore wind farms - including ones with floating wind turbines - far off the coast poses significant challenges for installation and operation." At the same time, the global market is rapidly evolving after "great successes in European waters". However, several innovations are needed to develop global supply chains and turbine types in other regions, he noted.
Presentation during Hamburg Offshore Wind Conference
The Offshore Innovation Award 2021 will be presented based on the extent of technical innovation, practicability, potential market success and the potential for reducing wind farms’ costs. Delegates at the Hamburg Offshore Wind Conference (HOW), which is going digital this year, will vote on the winner from three finalists on April 28. Esteyco won the first Offshore Innovation Award in 2019 with its moveable, offshore wind turbine that can be floated to the site and is installed without large vessels and cranes.
Renewable Energy Hamburg
Around 200 companies across the renewable energy sector are involved in the Renewable Energy Hamburg (EEHH) cluster with particular emphasis on the energy transition. Those include manufacturers, project developers, financiers and research institutes from the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. The EEHH is dedicated to establishing the "Hydrogen Sector in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region".