Wind turbine manufacturer Senvion, in collaboration with partners in the offshore wind energy sector, has submitted an application for a Horizon 2020 proposal to the European Commission The project proposal could, says Senvion, trigger hundreds of millions of Euros of investment into the European clean tech sector.
With the "ReaLCoE" project, the pan-European consortium aims to develop a robust, reliable Next Generation 10 MW+ offshore wind turbine. Jürgen Geissinger, CEO at Senvion, says: "Senvion anticipates being a front-runner in the offshore business with double-digit rated capacities. ReaLCoE's’ vision is to unleash the full potential of offshore wind energy to be in direct competition with conventional energy sources in electricity markets worldwide. This will be achieved by innovating and combining multiple disciplines within the offshore sector. This will make it possible to leverage on the efficiencies and LCoE reduction potentials in every link of the value chain. The contribution of the European Commission would kickstart new collaborative partnerships and begin the transformation of the offshore wind energy sector towards a truly digital industrial sector."
In May 2017 Senvion announced the development of a 10MW+ turbine for the offshore business. By the implementation of an integrated approach within the consortium project, the company hopes to take a further step forward in this development. Senvion has invited Europe's most experienced offshore industry stakeholders and innovative SMEs to join this value adding partnership. The plan benefits from the vertical integration of the value chain by moving from sequential to modular and parallel development, testing and certification and new forms of co-operation.
Geissinger adds: "Interchangeable components and parallel testing and certification will lead to a much faster time to market. Increased operational lifetime and lower service and maintenance requirement will substantially reduce LCoE. This robust, reliable and modular turbine design allows us to easily customise the turbine to different markets and client requirements."
Over the course of nearly one year, 150 participants from nine countries prepared the ReaLCoE project content throughout three workshops in Hamburg. R&D institutes the DTU, ECN and Fraunhofer IWES are involved, as is EnBW, one of Europe's leading utilities. Over the course of the project, the consortium plans to develop, install, demonstrate, operate and test a technology platform for the first prototype of a double-digit rated capacity turbine in a realistic offshore environment.