How new technology is supporting the UK’s offshore wind industry to bring down costs and accelerate construction. From new methods for drilling into the seabed, to advanced foundation design models and improved data capture, innovation is critical for this fast-growing market. But it won’t be easy. Deeper waters and variable ground conditions make these some of the most difficult construction projects in the world.
At the same time offshore wind growth targets are enormous, and the waters where the new turbines will live are getting further offshore making them more vulnerable to ocean weather systems. As the country seeks to more than quadruple its installed capacity over the next decade, it faces an enormous challenge to maintain its position as world leader, especially as other markets are now seeking to harness offshore wind energy.
- Chris Armstrong, Drilling and Template Lead, Saipem
- Denys Borel, Commercial Manager Marine, Fugro in France
- Alana Horton, Head of Geotechnical Laboratory, Fugro
- Inés Martín Grandes, Tender Coordinator, Fugro Norway
- Peter Richards, Chief Engineer, Fugro
- Julia Roope, Global Business Development Manager, Offshore Wind, Fugro
- Scott Whyte, Geotechnical Engineer, Fugro
- Frank Wong, Transport and Installation Manager, Saipem
This episode is produced in partnership with Engineering Matters.