Wind Energy – Floating to Floating
Heerema Marine Contractors is proud to introduce its novel Floating to Floating installation method for offshore floating wind.
HMC developed this method to support wind clients and to deliver solutions for present industry challenges, such as efficient use of resources like steel and port infrastructure, offshore logistics and maintenance, and reaching the required scale and rate of installation.
Offshore floating wind will be essential for the world’s energy transition, but methods under development can be costly, time-consuming, and ultimately prevent the commercial upscaling of this new frontier in offshore wind.
Heerema approached the development of the new Floating to Floating installation method with the following challenges in mind:
• How can the Levelized Cost of Energy in offshore floating wind be reduced?
• What can be done to improve schedule robustness and duration?
• How can bottlenecks be removed in the supply chain?
Jeroen van Oosten, Business Unit Director Wind: “We want to show an alternative solution for installing offshore floating wind, especially targeting some of the bottlenecks for scaling up. We strongly believe that by opening up to new ways of working and collaboration floating wind can reach the potential the industry is looking for.”
The crane-supported floating to floating installation method is built on proven technologies from the oil and gas floating platform industry. It allows the saving of tons of steel per floater and will reduce overall project CAPEX.