The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has engaged K2 Management to build a global installation database for offshore wind.
According to K2, the objective is to provide NREL – and, thereby, the U.S. wind industry – with easily accessible data on installation times, correlation effects, implications and processes to secure the use of best practices and avoid delays and cost overrun on planned U.S. offshore wind projects.
To date, 62 offshore wind farms globally have been commissioned and 18 are in installation. Overall, K2 Management says its staff has been directly involved in more than half of them.
‘We will use a mix of [publicly] available data, anonymous internal project data and interview K2 Management staff to map real experienced time consumption and pitfalls in the various parts of these projects," explains Carsten Jensen, managing director of K2 Management in the U.S. "The ambition is to get as much validated data as possible in the database so we can service all main aspects and differentiate, for example, between jackets and monopiles.’
K2 Management has commenced the project, and work is scheduled until mid-July.