Success drivers for the supply chain:
Modifying conventional designs and scaling up manufacturing capacity
Streamlining processes to see further cost savings
Reducing installation risk
Reducing the cost of the materials used
Reducing the pile length
Increasing vessel capacity
Better, cheaper coatings and corrosion protection
Coatings manufacturer Hempel has recently launched a solvent-free version of its protective coating for offshore wind turbine foundations.
As well as helping turbine manufacturers reduce solvent emissions, the new environmentally friendlier coating offers a six-hour drying time, one of the fastest in the industry and two hours faster than the company’s current product range.
The coating has been specifically developed to provide protection in the splash zone.
BASF launched Masterflow Exagrout in April, a fatigue-resistant grout for onshore and offshore wind turbines.It is a mixture of cement and metallic aggregates and the product has rapid strength build-up, even under water.
The manufacturer envisages cost improvements due to maintenance-free installation.
Cathelco has developed a system specifically designed to protect offshore wind turbines against corrosion.
It has produced new anodes, reference electrodes and control systems that meet the needs of jacket, tripod and monopile structures. Protection is provided from the splash zone to the foundation base. The product was launched in April.