Is long-term corrosion protection of offshore wind structures just a dream?
Bjond’s key word is innovation and their engineers are experts with a passion for complexity. Jo van Montfort, Sr Consultant, Director at Bjond tells PES about the short comings in the offshore wind industry, with regards to corrosion and how they want to change this. He says key factors include collaboration across the industry to collect the necessary data and a change in the testing requirements. It’s an interesting read with the potential for real savings.
Let’s look at the challenges facing the offshore industry when it comes to protecting a steel structure in this type of environment. The first thing to be aware of is formulated perfectly by John Craven: ‘All my students know how to respond to the question ‘What happens when you use land-based technology in the ocean?’ They learn from day one to answer in unison: ‘You die’1.
We as experts would add to the following:
The annual global impact of corrosion is estimated at $2.2 trillion and represents about 3% of the worlds’ GDP.
The WCO (World Corrosion Organisation) concludes that 25% to 30% of annual corrosion costs could be saved, if optimum corrosion management practices were employed and knowledge put in to practice.
This is exactly where Bjond is operating as a knowledge based company, with a very strong bond to real practice. It’s our mission to implement our experience and knowledge for the benefit of our clients.
We are well known for our strong network, with knowledge based companies and laboratories, as well as with engineering companies, contractors and end-users. We are challenged to look beyond existing solutions and standards, without losing control of the risks.
We are very aware of our limitations, which make us a strong partner in the fight against corrosion. It’s generally accepted that we will never be able to kill corrosion, we can only fight it. But fighting it begins with understanding it.
1 The Silent War, John Craven