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Germany: From Multi-Megawatt Turbines to Subsea Cables: Offshore Wind Specialists Will Figure Prominently at The World’s Leading Expo

WindEnergy Hamburg – From 27 to 30 September 2016 at the Hamburg Fair site

Life-cycle based offshore wind generation cost levels drop much faster than held possible only few years ago, when project costs in Europe were typically in the €150 – 170/MWh range. Recent biddings for the Dutch 700MW windfarm “Borssele” had a maximum €124/MWh ceiling (‘grey’ electricity price + subsidy), but some offers are expected substantially lower. The vigorous development of offshore wind energy will be a featured topic at WindEnergy Hamburg 2016. The leading global trade fair for wind energy, held from 27 to 30 September at the Hamburg Messe fair site, will see more than 1,200 companies showcasing their innovative products and services, representing all sectors of the value chain. Presumably about one-third of exhibitors will be companies serving the offshore segment, including maritime enterprises eager to seize the opportunity to expand into new areas of business.

Global offshore wind capacity grew in 2015 according GWEC statistics with 3,377MW to 12,105MW. The UK remained the world’s biggest single market with a 5,061MW total and 566MW new added. Germany’s installed capacity increased by 2,282MW, propelling it to a second position with 3,295MW total. China remainded the most important offshore growth market in Asia. It added  361MW to a 1,018MW total way ahead of Japan’s 50MW and 5.5MW in South Korea.

At WindEnergy Hamburg 2016, three fair halls will reflect nearly the entire range of offshore wind technologies. Exhibitor Aerodyn Engineering developed a 6MW two-bladed downwind SCD 6.0 turbine for typhoon-prone markets like China where the prototype operates, and it is licenced for the Chinese market to local firm MingYang. The engineering consultancy will further explain on a radical 8MW floating SCD 8.0 nezzy concept, again incorporating a two-bladed downwind turbine. Envision of China serves the Chinese offshore market with a high-speed geared 4MW turbine, and its comprehensive presence at WindEnergy Hamburg underlines its increasingly global approach. The biggest single booth at the world’s leading expo will be that of Envision. Operation in typhoon-prone conditions requires dedicated solutions, which these and other specialists active at Asian offshore markets will explain to the visitors.

Adwen’s will reveal more technical details about its new 8MW medium speed AD 8-180 flagship with record 180-metre rotor diameter, of which a prototype is planned later this year. It will be erected in Bremerhaven, Northern Germany, the company announced recently.

GE Offshore Wind during the first half of the year installed a new Haliade prototype at a test site in Denmark, and in parallel started comercial roll-out of the 6MW turbine at Saint-Nazaire France.

Senvion will in Hamburg highlight the 6.15MW high-speed product platform, comprising the latest 6.2M152 turbine and a pioneering 6.2M126 model for years operational in multiple windfarms.

Siemens explains visitors about the geared (G4) and direct drive (D6/D7) portfolio. The 4MW SWT-4.0-130 succeeded the 3.6MW ‘offshore workhorse’, and the 7MW SWT-7.0-154 (D7) succeeds the SWT-6.0-154 or D6. “With large offshore project orders flowing in, including East Anglia ONE and Beatrice, our SWT-7.0-154 is well positioned”, stated Michael Hannibal, CEO Offshore of Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division. "The decision to move forward with our innovative technology highlights the contribution large-scale direct drive turbines play in driving down offshore wind power generating costs." The separate Siemens business unit Transmission Solutions presents in Hamburg the latest offshore high-voltage power transmission system solutions, both DC and AC-based technology.

MHI Vestas’s explains on the V164-8.0MW flagship now available with 8.25MW power mode for specific sites, while ‘maintaining the same expectations for performance and reliability.’ The latest V112-3.45MW upgrade comes with a 3.6MW power mode.

The world’s leading trade fair for wind energy will not only feature global players but also national entities such as the Belgian Offshore Cluster, which represents 14 companies.

Components for offshore wind farms

A wide variety of international component providers exhibit in Hamburg. Among these are bearing, (main) shaft, couplings and generator gearbox suppliers, and gearbox producers including Eickhoff, Moventas, Multigear, and ZF. Winergy’s Vice President Sales Paul Bollwerk added: “We believe in offshore wind since delivering our first gearboxes for such turbines already back in 1991. WindEnergy 2016 offers a great opportunity to present our new offshore drivetrain innovations.”.

Connecting offshore wind turbines to the onshore high-voltage (AC) network is a formidable task and requires various kinds of in-field cables, and either HVAC or HVDC export cables depending upon offshore power collection and conversion solutions. Leading cable suppliers including Draka Cable, Nexans and Prysmian will inform visitors on different cable solutions. ABB, besides cabling provides (onshore) substations and related power infrastructure for offshore windfarms, including a major contract for the UK Rampion project.

Damen Shipyards (NL) presents in Hamburg a range of standardized service and (multi-purpose) utility vessel offerings. Germany’s Abeking & Rasmussen shipyard explains on swath-type crew-transfer vessels. Windfarm installation and service vessel owners/operators show their latest hardware, design and other expertise. Among them A2SEA, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, Van Oord Offshore Wind Projects, and Volker Stevin International. “Last year Germany led the world in offshore wind capacity growth. Hamburg is the heart of this development”, said Van Oord business development manager Dolf Elsevier van Griethuysen.  “We are eager to assist future partners in fulfilling German and European renewable energy targets and ambitions.”

Numerous additional exhibitors will offer services and components specifically for power generation on the open seas. The varied portfolio presented at the expo will include everything from helicopters to logistics, maintenance and diving services, and from towers and foundations through to navigation marks.

Offshore wind energy will also be a key item on the agenda of the WindEurope Summit. The conference will be held in parallel with WindEnergy Hamburg for the first time, at CCH (Congress Center Hamburg), which is located right next to the Hamburg Fair site. More information on the conference is shown at  https://windeurope.org/summit2016/

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