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working together. Instead of selling components they sell systems. The same concept should apply in the wind industry where subcontractors work together.
CEO of Offshoreenergy.dk, Glenda Napier
DOGGERBANKE’S NEW ISLAND At Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy this will already be in effect from 2018. Prior to this, the company’s policy was: - We can do it on our own! Now the situation is becoming clearer, says Glenda Napier. Offshore wind companies are starting to realize that cooperation and networking is crucial. This has been well known in the IT business for a long time. By being part of the Silicon Valley network in the US, research and production can unite and strengthen a company’s position to becoming market leaders. It is no coincidence that the “IT experts” are the highest paid people of the US, and that people from all over the world go to Silicon Valley.
2016 in Odense, Funen. Offshoreenergy.dk provided the neutral platform and venue for this collaboration. - We are now doing something about the problem! ”Cooperation is key”, the upper management in both Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and MHI Vestas announced at the annual meeting. The two major producers of wind power account for 75 percent of the world’s wind turbines. The cooperation between the two companies is therefore important for the entire value chain. The partnership sends a strong message that we have to work together in order to get the costs down, Glenda Napier continues. What we experienced at the annual meeting between the major companies of the offshore wind power industry is historic. It is an example of the type of innovation we will see much more of in the future, Glenda Napier continues: - As Jesper Møller, Head of Offshore Concepts & Solutions in Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy expressed at the annual meeting, cooperation is crucial in a wind partnership. We do not work on any innovative projects alone, we do not stand a chance by doing it on our own.
towers, lifting equipment, surfaces and access to the mills in the parks at sea. No one can predict the future, but that does not stop Glenda Napier from trying. In five to ten years we will be able to sell offshore wind farms at a reasonably cheaper price than today. This will happen without financial support from the government. Dong Germany is already at the forefront of this. In order to get the process started, all parties will have to put in the work. Cooperation is and will remain key in the process. Glenda Napier illustrates this by referring to the Airbus industry, where large organizations are
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NO FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE GOVERNMENT Currently, 26 companies have agreed to look for new common solutions that benefit the entire value chain. Among these companies are Ørsted, Statoil, A2Sea, Vattenfall, Dancoat and Gardit. The cooperation will for example include common standards and specifications, such as
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This gives us at Offshoreenergy.dk, as well as our partners in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK an incentive, that something similar can happen in the offshore area in the North Sea. Theory is one thing; in reality we are still working on our plans of establishing an island on Doggerbanke with an airport and vessel port, production facilities and centers for monitoring wind power farms. If everything goes according to the plan, the initiation could occur in 2035. Regardless of the changes in ownership on Danish soil, there is reason to remain optimistic. On offshore wind farms, growth will continue. It is a must that UK, Germany and the EU upgrade their offshore activities to meet the EU’s climate plans from 2025, CEO of Offshoreenergy.dk, Glenda Napier concludes.
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