Offshore-Solutions - Potentials for new services for shipbuilding yards and ship owning companies as solution sellers during the operation of offshore wind farms [IGF-No. 394 ZN]

Responsible research centres: Technical University Berlin (Prof. Holbach), IPRI Stuttgart (Prof. Horvath, Dr. Seiter)

Time period: 01.10.2011 to 31.01.2014

Final report: CMT 24/2014

Motivation / Background

The offshore wind energy market is a lucrative business not only for energy providers. That is why more and more companies from different industries are trying to gain a foothold in this market. Even from a rather conservative point of view, 15% of all turbines are constantly out of order due to technical problems, underlining the importance of maintenance and repair. It becomes evident that potential for new services does exist, even though it is not covered systematically. These developments show that there is a lot of potential for development for the maritime industry.


Summary of the planned goals and steps

The goal of this project is to develop a tool to identify potentials for new services, which shipbuilding yards and ship owning companies can benefit from during the operation of offshore wind farms.


Aspired research results

The tool which is to be developed during the project is split into three modules:

  • Module 1: Catalogue of potential services
  • Module 2: Strategic controlling device
  • Module 3: Accompanying implementation concept including a software demonstrator

Innovative contribution of the aspired results

  • Identification of potentials for new services during the operation of offshore wind farms
  • Possibility for companies to assess their potential to provide services during the operation of offshore wind farms
  • Suggestions for companies in the maritime industry to identify new fields of activity effectively, especially for SMEs

Approach to achieve the research goals

To create a catalogue of potential services, the demand for services during the operation of offshore wind farms is determined, analyzed, evaluated and prioritized. Based on an analysis of strengths and weaknesses of the maritime industry, a classification of service providers is derived and concrete service portfolios are defined for the different kinds of service providers. For the strategic controlling device, company goals are derived from the different courses of action and a tool to monitor the progress of the strategic goals is developed.



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