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Poster session

Lead Session Chair:
Stephan Barth, Managing Director, ForWind - Center for Wind Energy Research, Germany
Per Dannemand Andersen Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Co-authors:
Per Dannemand Andersen (1) F P Niels-Erik Clausen (2) Tom Cronin (2) Kalle A. Piirainen (1)
(1) DTU Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark (2) DTU Wind, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark

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Presenter's biography

Biographies are supplied directly by presenters at OFFSHORE 2015 and are published here unedited

Dr. Per Dannemand Andersen is professor in technology foresight and innovation, and head of the Technology and Innovation Management Division within DTU’s Department for Management Engineering. Dr. Andersen has since 1986 in been involved in wind energy related research and consultancy activities. During the latest 15 years his professional interests have focused on three areas: Technology foresight, Technological innovation, and Strategy processes in industrial sectors.

Abstract

Towards a joint action plan for research and development in the offshore wind service industry

Introduction

This paper concerns a joint action plan for research and development in the offshore wind service industry. Offshore wind servicing (OWS) is in this context defined as both assembly and installation of offshore wind farms as well as their operation and maintenance during their lifetime. Paper is a result of the ongoing project European Clusters for Offshore Wind Servicing (EcoWindS), funded by the European REGIONS program: Transnational cooperation between regional research-driven clusters. EcoWindS is a collaboration between research-driven clusters within OWS in regions of Denmark, UK, Germany and Norway; regions that are at the forefront of the offshore wind industry.

Approach

The overall aim of the project, EcoWindS, is to reduce OWS’s contribution to the cost of offshore wind energy production by strengthening the cooperation in the existing regional networks within OWS. Furthermore, it is the aim to increasing the competitiveness of the OWS sector in Europe in general and the ECOWindS regions. Among the means for these goals is the establishment of a trans-regional joint action plan (JAP) that can be implemented by national and regional authorities as well as by the involved stakeholders via some actions including a financial plan, a dissemination plan and a plan for international cooperation.

Main body of abstract

The theory behind the EcoWindS project – and the paper - is based on the concept of Regional Smart Specialization, which aims to support the European Cohesion target by enabling regions to identify their relative strengths and leverage them, while avoiding imitation or duplication and head-on competition with other regions.
The method for forming the joint action plan builds upon other parts of the EcowindS project. Most notably it builds on a mapping (based on desk studies, patent analyses, and bibliometrics) of each of participating region’s existing capabilities, and on an overall strategic orientation and options for an innovation and research strategy (based on stakeholder workshops in the four regions). From this foundation the JAP was established through an international workshop with stakeholders from the four regions, comprising representatives from R&D and education, policy makers and offshore wind industry. The ideas were clustered to a limited number of main actions, prioritized by the participants and organized into a timeline as an initial roadmap for the OWS industry. Following the international workshop, a joint action plan has been developed based on wider consultations with the stakeholders of the industry.


Conclusion

Reducing the cost of OWS is a major challenge for the wind industry. The paper presents a joint action plan (JAP) for reducing OWS’s contribution to the cost of offshore wind energy production by strengthening the cooperation in the existing regional networks within OWS. The JAP is developed to be implemented by national and regional authorities as well as by the involved stakeholders via a number of actions/measures including a financial plan, a dissemination plan and a plan for international cooperation


Learning objectives
The paper provides a broad overview of actions needed to reduce OWS’s contribution to the cost of offshore wind energy production and to increase the competitiveness of the OWS sector. As such the paper is relevant for stakeholders from industry, policy making and research organisations.