Vestas and Maersk Supply Service have formed an innovation partnership to develop solutions and next-generation technology for the sustainable energy industry.
The purpose of the partnership is to tackle the industry’s challenges within installation and logistics to decrease the cost of energy.
Global wind energy production is set to double by 2027, and this is said to be because of the increasing consumer demand for sustainable energy and the continued reduction in levelised cost of energy.
Currently, one of the industry’s main challenges is to lower the cost of transporting and installing wind turbines as they increase in size and will be installed in remote locations.
Combining Vestas’ insight into sustainable energy with Maersk Supply Service’s marine and logistics experience, the companies will collaborate on solving challenges within the industry related to logistics, installation and service.
Steen S. Karstensen, CEO of Maersk Supply Service said: “This is an exciting step for Maersk Supply Service and a great example of how our marine knowledge and versatile fleet can be leveraged in new industries.
“Our partnership with Vestas and the development of Vertical Installer demonstrates that we are taking action to overcome industry challenges and ensure that the energy needs of the next generation are met .”
Despite different backgrounds, Vestas and Maersk Supply Service have overlapping long-term goals.
The two companies are said to be developing a crane solution for both onshore and offshore wind turbines which could significantly reduce the cost of installation.
The installation concept is called Vertical Installer and involves a crane that will enable the use of lower cost assets in the logistics value chain.
The project is being developed in cooperation with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, and has received DKK 47 million in funding for the next three years from the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP) via the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate.
Flemming Ougaard, Chief Operations Officer at MHI Vestas Offshore Wind said: “The Vertical Installer crane is the latest example of innovation that will continue to drive offshore wind forward.
“The concept will allow for improved logistics and more efficient installation – critical areas for our customers’ business case. We are proud to participate with Vestas and Maersk Supply Service in bringing this concept to life.”