Where does it stop? The answer is blowing in the wind.
I speak not just for myself – but I believe also on behalf of other industry experts – when I say that we simply don’t know how large the turbines of the future will be.
We expect them to plateau at some point but so far the goalposts keep moving and each year we have designs for bigger turbines. Much like the winds it harvests to produce power, offshore wind is a volatile industry. Which it’s the nice thing about it – you have no idea what exactly is going to happen and have to go with the wind – and that makes it exciting!
Winds of Innovation
Because Offshore Wind is such a young industry, we don’t have all the standards and regulations that more established industries would have. We still need to do some real scientific work to optimise much-needed regulations and engineering rules. Mainly because offshore wind is really the new kid on the block.
Much like PortXL looks at startups, Offshore Wind is very much in a ‘startup’ phase, compared to other engineering developments, which makes it a lot of fun to make it part of that startup market and we like to share that with the community and with PortXL.
This is where new gamechangers have an opportunity to step in and help us shape the standards and regulations for the future of the offshore wind industry. From large scale ideas of someone popping up with an innovation that allows you to install larger turbines without the need for massive vessels, to ideas where they say, stop! – let’s not get bigger but get smarter and come up with new installation methods where you don’t use all that equipment.
Currently you see at a lot of people coming up with new connections between foundation and tower – something we are also looking into and we see some innovative approaches. Those are the things we are looking at, the smaller changes, which can have a big impact.
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