Offshore wind seen as vital to reducing UK emissions

OGN Group has received a vote of confidence from the Department of Energy and Climate Change for its move into offshore wind technology.

OGN subsidiary, OGN North Sea, will receive £640,250 from DECC’s Offshore Wind Component Technologies Development and Demonstration Scheme to build a prototype steel jacketed foundation – Triton – designed and developed by its sister company, Aquind, at OGN’s Hadrian Yard site in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear, England.

Offshore wind farm

Construction of the prototype will begin later this year. Aquind is set to become a leading player in renewables, with a particular focus on offshore wind technology and the generation of energy from wind farms in deeper waters.

Offshore wind is predicted to account for 17 per cent of UK electricity production by 2020 as part of the government’s commitment to halve carbon emissions. The UK is the world leader in offshore wind energy production with as much capacity already installed as the rest of the world combined.

Aquind’s Triton foundation structures are designed for large wind turbine generators (WTGs) in waters over 30m deep, which is relevant for over 70 per cent of offshore wind installations in Round 3 developments. This makes Triton an essential part of the solution to a sustainable and efficient offshore wind energy production.

OGN’s new purpose-built facility at its Hadrian Yard in Wallsend will be capable of producing an unprecedented 150 Triton jackets a year (3 per week), significantly reducing foundation manufacturing and installation costs. The faster manufacturing methods will help to remove a major supply chain bottleneck while securing the livelihood of over 1000 skilled workers in Tyne and Wear. (Source: OGN)

Graham Kennedy, OGN Chief Technical Officer and leader of the Triton project, commented: “Our Triton design and technology has the potential to reduce the costs of offshore wind foundations by at least 25 per cent, making wind energy a viable renewable energy source for the UK.”

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