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  • Writer's pictureSarah Whiteford

Wind turbine evac kit, DOE fast growth in wind, zero-emissions CTVs, new cable monitoring tech

It’s Good News Tuesday!

This Tuesday we talk about:

  1. OneStep Power featured in Offshore Support Journal July/August 2021 issue

  2. VIKING Launches In-Tower Evacuation Kit for Offshore Wind Turbine Workers

  3. Department of Energy highlights continued fast growth in US offshore wind sector

  4. MHO's New CTVs Have Zero-emissions Capability

  5. ScottishPower Renewables Supports Proserv's Offshore Wind Cable Monitoring Tech

Cover of OSJ July/August 2021 issue

Offshore Support Journal July/August 2021 cover. Image from Riviera.

The new issue of Offshore Support Journal is out and OneStep Power’s very own Mark Craig is featured in their article on Data-driven, independent testing for DP vessels. The panel included Suman Muddusetti from Shell, Mat Bateman from Keelson Marine Assurance, Dag Leo Emblemsvåg from Global Maritime, and of course, Mark Craig, President of OneStep Power. The panel spoke on all things dynamic positioning, including struggles with the pandemic and lack of travel to verify testing. This also led to discussions on remote testing and additional guidance that may be needed from certification agencies. Suman presented on data-centric evidence and what data centricity actually entails. Mat talked about the four V’s of data: Veracity, Volume, Variety, and Velocity. Dag Leo spoke on what makes a great DP trial and the ability for remote trials. Mark went over the 7 Pillars of DP and brought some points about why we are testing and where to store all the data we accumulate. If you’re interested, check out the article above, our summary of the panel discussion, or the original recording on Riviera.

VIKING evacuation kit for offshore wind workers

VIKING’s new evacuation kit inside an offshore wind turbine. “Credit: VIKING Life-saving Equipment”. Image from Offshore Engineer.

VIKING Life-saving Equipment has a new self-contained evacuation kit for offshore wind workers. The kit fits between the railing and the side of the tower wall in a PPE chest by JoBird. It contains harnesses, Skylotec descent devices, and immersion suits, with each container holding six sets of equipment. VIKING also makes a kit for outside at the nacelle level that can sustain 100 mph winds for 30 years. The new container has 125 meters of rope and a speed regulating rescue descender that can be used personally or to lower an injured individual. VIKING already has an unnamed contract for the new solution.

Siemens SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbine with sky background

Siemens SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbine. “The DOE report noted that the pipeline of projects in the US is growing quickly and turbine sizes are increasing (source: Siemens Gamesa)”. Image from Riviera.

Offshore Wind Market Report: 2021 from the Department of Energy shows that the number of wind projects are continuing to grow quickly in the United States. With wind prices falling and government support, the wind pipeline increased 24% from last year, with over 35 GW in development. “The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management recently created five new Wind Energy Areas in the New York Bight with a total capacity of 9.8 GW, representing a large portion of the 2020-2021 pipeline growth. The Vineyard Wind I project recently became the first approved, commercial-scale offshore wind energy project in the US.” 15 projects are in permitting, and the size of the turbines continues to grow, now at an average of more than 7.5 MW.

New hybrid crew transfer vehicle on the water

“(Photo: Incat Crowther)”. Image from Offshore Engineer.

AFAI Southern Shipyard in China has completed and delivered MHO Asgard and MHO Apollo, zero emission capable hybrid crew transfer vessels (CTV). They’ll go to work for Ørsted on the Hornsea Project 2 offshore wind farm in the UK. Their propulsion was designed by Danfoss and Volvo Penta with a pair of diesel and diesel-electric drivetrains running Volvo Penta IPS drives. “The main diesel engines are Volvo Penta D13s, producing 515kW each. The generators used for the diesel-electric propulsion train are Volvo Penta D8-MH units.” A Corvus battery provides zero-emission operation with the ability to operate on electric mode for up to 8 hours. Using diesel propulsion with electric, a maximum speed of 25 knots can be achieved. 24 technicians can be accommodated in the mid-deck cabins.

Proserv building front

“Credit: Proserv”. Image from Offshore Engineer.

ScottishPower Renewables is providing an industrial sponsorship to Proserv Controls for a subsea cable monitoring system for the offshore wind industry. Electro Cable Guard (ECG) incorporated measures for “distributed temperature, acoustic and electrical sensing, with synchronous, real-time monitoring across an asset, and continuous automated data analysis.” Machine learning will look for small anomalies that could be an early indicator of future problems. It is funded by £500,000 from consortium partners Synaptec and BPP Cable Solutions along with a £1 million Smart Grant from Innovate UK.

Smile, it’s Good News Monday! :-)


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