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The rapid market expansion, in offshore generated wind power, requires a new approach towards offshore access for maintenance of wind generators. Two experts in access systems, Willem Prins and Marco Klitsie, developed a totally new and patented access method for which solid investors and building partners have already been found. The EAGLE-ACCESS SYSTEM will be ready for trials in early 2019 and so PES wanted to know more… Background Looking back on 15 years of experience in consultancy and the design and development of access systems for offshore platforms for several clients in the market, we conclude the present technology is far from mature. There are still more technical steps to be made, especially in the offshore wind market. A short history By the end of the 20th century the offshore oil and gas industry felt the need for cheaper access for personnel to platforms, replacing the expensive use of helicopters, which was also driven by the trend towards smaller and unmanned platforms. In 2003 the first proposals for access from PSV’s to platforms came to light and two competing access systems were introduced to the market: OAS by Offshore Solutions and Ampelmann. Both systems accommodated the access for personnel from DPII supply vessels to

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Lindø Industrial Park saves time and manpower by replacing heavy polyester slings with lightweight Dynamica SafeLift slings manufactured in Dyneema®. The industrial park on Funen has a great experience with the handling and shipping of large components for the offshore and heavy industry. The industrial zone in Odense is, amongst other things, a collection point and a storage depot for jackets for offshore wind turbine foundations. Jackets are 63m tall steel structures with a weight of up to 665t per piece. This figure corresponds to the weight of 27 fully loaded lorries! A gantry crane with a capacity of 1,000 t is used several times, both to gather the jackets and then to move them around for storage or shipping. The process involves lifting of so-called 3D structures, which have a height of 55m and a weight of approx. 500t per piece, where rigging needs to be done at a height of some 50 or 60m. A lifting sling is lowered down along the foot of a jacket, pulled underneath two stiffs, and then guided back up to the beam. Lindø Industrial Park has used polyester slings for this type of lifting until very recently. In this case a standard polyester sling had

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Buss Offshore Solutions GmbH & Co. KG is a member of the Buss Group in Hamburg. It was founded in 1920 as a stevedoring company. Today, it is made up of several units, which are active in different areas of maritime logistics. One of them is the Buss Offshore Solutions GmbH. Right from the start the company, which is also located in Hamburg, has been an active player in the offshore wind logistics industry, and has established itself successfully in this specific business sector. Focusing on heavy, challenging loads, a team with international experience develops tailor-made logistic solutions for its customers. Buss Offshore Solutions handles the project planning and management at all stages between the manufacturing plants and the offshore installation sites: from handling, trans-shipment and interim storage to pre-assembly, maintenance and the required engineering services. This logistics consultant has its own terminals such as the Orange Blue Terminal, Eemshaven in the North Sea and the Mukran Port Terminals, Sassnitz in the Baltic Sea. Additionally Buss Offshore Solutions offers its know-how by consulting international clients during all stages of port development, project preparation or project execution. Meanwhile we have successfully completed our fourteenth major project, including various offshore wind projects such as Veja Mate, Gemini,

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PES had an in depth interview with Hans-Peter Zimmer, CEO, blade care GmbH and trainer at the blade care Academy. The Academy has been going for almost 10 years, welcomes students from around the world and the demand is still growing. blade care also offers a variety of consultancy services. This is an innovative company, which enthusiastically shares expertise with fledgling or established companies, freelance technicians and operators alike. PES: Welcome to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. Would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of blade care GmbH and the importance of the wind industry to you? Hans-Peter Zimmer: We offer inspection by rope access or by drone, repairs on all blade types, manufacturing monitoring and quality assurance before and during blade installation, transport monitoring, court case relevant assessment of blade and asset damages after disaster events, general consultancy on blades and turbine issues etc. For components, other than blades, we work with colleagues. We are happy to have Sven Wetzig from ZANWIND on board. Sven has worked for the wind industry throughout his professional career. Even as a student he worked for SÜDWIND, a turbine manufacturer in Berlin. Sven is an expert for all

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Blaaholm designed and manufactured the Davit Crane because of the increased weight of future wind turbine components, which puts greater demands on crane capacity and the demand for savings on service costs from their customers. PES sat down with Torben Blaaholm to find out more about this crane’s innovative features. The new crane offers the following key features: a lifting capacity of 1000kg to 2000kg, automatic and manual overload protection systems and special features for easy access for the servicing. We also provide a special service through a partnership with Fanø Kran-Service, which provides great benefits for our customers. We developed the Davit Crane in cooperation with our customers in the wind industry, due to the increased weight on future components used in wind turbines, which places greater demands on the current onsite crane capacity. It’s is new to the market and the reduced service costs and competitive prices have secured early success. There are already signed contracts and we have been invited to tender on a significant number of offshore wind projects. Located in Esbjerg, Denmark, Blaaholm has developed and produced lifting equipment for the wind industry since 2008. We supply solutions worldwide within 4 business areas: tower production, wind industry, automation &

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Mads Poulsen, Sales and Chartering Manager, BBC Chartering, Esbjerg, got together with PES to share his optimism on the outlook for the wind industry. He also talks about working with the bigger and bigger component sizes we are seeing today. Their worldwide offices mean they are more than well positioned to meet their customers’ needs. PES: Welcome back to PES Wind magazine. Thanks for talking with us. For the benefit of our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of BBC Chartering and the importance of the wind industry to you? Mads Poulsen: Thank you. It´s always a pleasure talking to PES. As a project carrier, a large share of our cargo volume is energy-related project commodities. Wind energy has, for many years, been a key commodity for our business. We are convinced that wind power will continue its increasing importance for BBC Chartering as most countries follow policies to move towards greener energy capacity. Of course, we follow the industry developments with keen interest and learn about the industry’s future logistic needs and evaluate how we at BBC can best support the efforts. PES: Are you experiencing more growth in the market? MP: Green energy continues to

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The search for reliability in the renewable energy sector is an ongoing one. Increasing reliability in wind turbine parts reduces downtime and costs while allowing for a constant flow of power to the grid. Also, by finding new ways to improve processes and reduce the time and effort taken to identify and replace faulty parts, companies can drastically improve efficiency. For engineers in the Energy & Motion Technologies division at Galway-based Test Laboratory Anecto, striking a balance between innovation and quality control is essential to increasing reliability. They insist that innovation and research comes in tandem with quality control; citing as examples, their in-house refurbishment processes as well as recent work with the UK’s Durham University that has breathed new light on the stresses that changing wind patterns cause to a power converter’s IGBT and led to their conclusion that a ‘holistic approach to wind turbine power converter reliability’ is more advisable in future. Anecto test laboratory started as an electronics test house in 1994 but developed into a major provider of product and packaging testing for the medical devices and many other sectors. By leveraging the engineering talent they had on site and innovating, the company pushed into the renewable energy

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The offshore wind market is set to grow six-fold by 2030. A recent report states that the UK, Germany, The Netherlands, and China will drive forward the development of new fields over the next decade, while Taiwan and the US will become more prominent gigawatt markets. The latest wind farm to be developed in Europe is now under construction off Aberdeen’s coastline. The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) is Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility and is being developed by Vattenfall-owned Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited. It will comprise of eleven turbines and is expected to be operational in summer 2018. Such innovative developments, as well as the upkeep and maintenance of existing offshore wind farms, require the safe transfer of personnel and cargo between turbines or offshore substations and vessels. Ampelmann has been a pioneer of Walk to Work (W2W) gangway systems for more than a decade. The company is enhancing its motion-compensated gangway systems to create even greater operational efficiencies for offshore wind projects. Innovation in action Using technology inspired by the flight simulator industry, The Netherlands headquartered company boasts a wide range of gangway systems to compensate all six degrees of freedom of a vessel. This enables the transfer

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Jose Vega-Lozano, Director at Aerial Vision Ltd, gives PES a thought provoking look in to the world of UAV providers. He suggests caution and questioning before deciding who to use: make sure your chosen company can deliver what you need and what you expect. There are many drone services out there, but which one is for you? Buyer beware One of the main benefits that the internet has brought to procurement, buying services and/or products, is that information is now freely available to the buyer, whereas before it was not. Previously, the vendor and his sales team often held the balance of power; in that the weight of knowledge between the buyer and the vendor was stacked massively in the salesman’s favour. Caveat emptor ‘Buyer Beware!’ was then sage advice. Nowadays buyers are often as knowledgeable as salesmen in a given situation; detailed research and meticulous analysis being usually only a few key strokes away thanks to the internet. But is this rebalancing of knowledge (and therefore buying power) true of the most modern, cutting edge and innovative products/services? Can a layperson really debunk charlatans and cowboys in the developing industry of UAS service provision? Or do you feel that you will

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Modernization initiative to benefit more than seven million people living in Delhi GE’s Advanced Distribution Management Solution (ADMS) will help in further improving the quality of power and ensure faster restoration during outages Innovative program fuels grid interoperability, enhances reliability and resiliency New Delhi, India; June 12, 2018: GE Power’s Grid Solutions business (NYSE: GE) has launched in India a first-of-its-kind Advanced Distribution Management Solution (ADMS) in collaboration with Tata Power Delhi Distribution (Tata Power - DDL), a pioneer in India’s power distribution landscape. The project has been executed by GE T&D India Limited – the listed entity of GE Power Grid Solutions in India. The newly launched ADMS will facilitate advanced monitoring, analysis and improve control and planning operations, enabling Tata Power-DDL to enhance the reliability, safety, and efficiency of Delhi’s distribution network. The system is set to benefit more than seven million people living in the north and west part of the Indian capital, an area that experiences a peak load of more than 1,850 MW. Tata Power-DDL had multiple independent and inter connected systems that required complex data management. This layer of complexity impacts the operator’s effectiveness to execute network upgrades and speedier restoration of network outages. Tata Power-DDL

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