Mammoet challenges innovators to find a solution for transferring and lifting components to floating and fixed-bottom offshore wind turbines
With floating wind farms being the new kid on the block new questions arise. For example, how are we going to maintain these novel constructions? In addition, conventional wind turbines are getting bigger and are being built in large quantities. Therefore, the intensity and complexity of maintenance is going to increase. For this reason, Mammoet and Offshore Wind Innovators, in close cooperation with TKI Wind op Zee, are launching the 5th Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge.
The Innovation Challenge will focus on finding solutions for the safe and efficient transfer of objects from a floating vessel to offshore wind structures, to reduce the cost and the scheduled impact of maintenance. This will help to facilitate better and more cost-effective replacement of turbine components. The use of large (floating) installation vessels should be prevented and therefore we are looking to possible solutions to overcome this.
The challenge can be split into three different sub-sections:
- How do you position the barge, ship, or vessel close to the wind turbine foundation, floater, or tower?
- How do you transfer the components required for maintenance from a barge, ship or vessel onto the wind turbine structure, or floating foundation?
- How do you transfer/ lift the components towards the nacelle?
From November 10th, 2021, until January 7th, 2022, SME entrepreneurs can apply for this challenge. They can then present their idea or proven (complete or partial) solution during the Pitch & Ask session in January. Thereafter, until April 2nd companies can optimize their solutions, receiving feedback and collaborating with professionals of Mammoet and TKI Wind op Zee during the Bootcamp in April. The finalists will be invited to pitch their developed concept to a broad audience during the Innovation Challenge Finals in May 2022.
The participants will be able to create brand awareness and visibility of their innovations in the offshore wind community. In addition, they will get expert coaching and the chance of collaborating with Mammoet and its subsidiary company Conbit. The first four editions of the Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge led to partnerships between almost all winners and leading companies, which is the goal and strength of this challenge.
Click here for more information about this year’s challenge from Mammoet.
About Offshore Wind Innovators
The Offshore Wind Innovation Challenge is an initiative of the community of Offshore Wind Innovators (powered by TKI Wind op Zee). The goal of the community is to give insight into the business and innovation ecosystem of the industry, and it offers practical solutions to the business challenges that pioneering companies face. Offshore Wind Innovators has the goal to connect SMEs with leading companies in the industry to improve market implementation of innovations in the industry.
Mammoet helps clients with Smarter, Safer and Stronger solutions to any heavy lifting or transport challenge. Mammoet aims to develop long term relationships in order to understand their businesses and challenges best, so they can realize the most efficient and cost-effective approaches. They have a unique global network and an unparalleled fleet of equipment. Through deep and longstanding engineering expertise and the highest quality and safety standards in execution Mammoet will bring an intelligent and flexible approach to projects across a wide breadth of industry sectors. Clients trust us to help them achieve feats that were once considered impossible, and we have often broken records in doing so. Mammoet, through its Conbit subsidiary, has made significant steps towards creating a working lifting system that attaches directly to the WTG nacelle, to replace the major components of the wind turbine.
For more detailed information, please contact us: at firstname.lastname@example.org or at https://www.offshorewindinnovators.nl/products/5th-innovation-challenge.
We are looking forward to a lot of innovations!