Conbit is proud to have been announced as a winner of the Floating Wind Technology Acceleration Competition. The Scottish Government funded the award and was run by the Carbon Trust’s Floating Wind Joint Industry Project (Floating Wind JIP).
Conbit’s modular lifting system won the challenge. It was to create a floating wind technology that could provide ‘safe and cost-effective exchange of large turbine components offshore when floating foundation structures are moving due to wave motion.’
The Floating Wind JIP, a consortium of 14 leading offshore wind developers, launched the competition to accelerate floating offshore wind technology development and commercialization. It aimed to attract technology that will overcome key challenges in the sector and emphasize moorings and Operations & Maintenance (O&M).
Exchanging heavy components at high altitudes while the base moves due to waves and wind is one of the most demanding challenges within offshore operations. Conbit’s modular lifting replaces heavy components inside the nacelle and provides the accuracy needed to ensure a safe installation.
“Conbit is devoted to investing in a maintenance system that supports the growing needs of offshore renewable energy. “
The funds released as part of the competition will be used to increase the development of the modular lift technology towards a fully operational system. Wind farm owners and developers, and turbine OEMs will be consulted during the development program. Conbit will collaborate with turbine manufacturers especially, as the lifting system will be adjusted to their design.
Bram van Oirschot, Manager Sales at Conbit, adds: “The market is ready to adapt current practices for replacing heavy components inside wind turbines. The increasing heights and weights require a different O&M approach, which is less dependent on large crane vessels and jack-up barges. Conbit is devoted to investing in a maintenance system that supports the growing needs of offshore renewable energy. By allowing the exchange of components, turbine manufacturers will benefit from our technology.”