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Sustainable offshore wind energy development

Overcoming water-related challenges in all project phases using high-quality data, cutting-edge technology and in-depth analyses

Where are we now

The offshore wind industry is set for global growth as the industry matures in Europe while Asia and North America take strides toward their full potential.

2020 marked a milestone when renewable energy overtook fossil fuels for the first time as the main electricity source in the European Union*.

As part of this energy transition, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 7 urges countries to ensure access to affordable and clean energy for all by 2030.

*Ember and Agora Energiewende, 2021

The challenges

Whether you want to build new offshore wind farms or optimise existing ones, having reliable data of site-specific conditions is critical to ensure success.

Environmental challenges: Meeting regulations, protecting water environments, as well as life below and above water

Engineering challenges: Designing bigger and floating wind turbines, ensuring sturdy foundations and harnessing more energy cost-effectively

Big data challenges: Analysing endless data into predictions to provide a bigger picture

How DHI can help

Since 1991, DHI has developed standards and tools to optimise wind farm design and ensure their safe construction, operation and maintenance.

Our high-quality data, modelling tools and detailed analyses help identify new offshore wind farm opportunities and evaluate potential environmental impacts to ease approval processes, prevent operational hiccups and reduce investment risks.

What’s your challenge?
Reach out and let us know how we can support your projects.

DHI has contributed to more than 85% of commissioned offshore wind farms worldwide

DHI empowers water decisions in offshore wind development

Strategic site selection

  • Assess environmental sensitivity
  • Undertake environmental surveys
  • Assess metocean and load conditions

Planning and development

  • Determine feasibility, secure planning
  • Design engineering aspects including ports
  • Loads and response analyses
  • Scour/seabed mobility analyses and mitigation
  • Environmental impact assessments (EIAs)
  • Marine bird and mammal surveys
  • Broker consent between regulators and developers

Installation and construction

  • Installation metocean forecasting
  • Metocean and environmental monitoring
  • Smart vessel planning
  • Construction and operations planning
  • Noise monitoring

Operations and maintenance

  • Post construction environmental monitoring
  • Operational metocean forecasting
  • Scour monitoring
  • Smart vessel planning
  • Support life extension

Decommissioning

  • EIA of decommissioning plans
  • Operational metocean forecast
  • Smart vessel planning

Client successes

"RVO.nl aims at the highest quality level for these site studies. With devoted teamwork from the tender phase till the complete delivery of all products, the performance of the DHI project team and management met our expectations."

- Frank van Erp, Senior Advisor Renewable Energy
RVO.nl, the Netherlands
"The MetOcean Data Portal is a leap forward when it comes to the availability and accessibility of decades of high-quality metocean data. It has already greatly improved our responsiveness within planning and FEED design or support structures in the offshore wind sector."

- Anders Sorrig Mourtitzen, Director and Technical Lead
C2Wind ApS
"Have to say, www.metocean-on-demand.com has a brilliant range of datasets and an excellent user interface. After using it for two years, I can’t see anything else coming close. Keep up the great work."

- Adam Leonard-Williams, Marine Operations Consultant
James Fisher Marine Services, UK
“DHI demonstrated competences and eagerness to provide a high-quality product – from the core modelling work to the documentation of the work and the database, all of which were essential for speeding up the design process.”

- Niels Jacob Tarp-Johansen, Lead Load Engineer, Ørsted
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Offshore wind's role in the fight from fossil fuels to renewable energy

Various international accords are fostering countries to join forces to combat climate change. Thanks to three decades of hard-earned progress by industry and governmental leaders, 2020 marked a milestone when renewable energy overtook fossil fuels for the first time as the main electricity source in the European Union. Achieving environmental targets is a priority, but the real objective of offshore wind energy development is creating truly sustainable energy resources and systems that will secure ourselves and our planet now and in the future.

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30 years of offshore wind

2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the first offshore wind farm installation. Today, the offshore wind industry is accelerating rapidly and considered one of the world’s fastest growing energy sources. How has the offshore wind industry changed over the past 30 years and where is it heading? We asked Frank Thomsen, Senior Marine Scientist, and Henrik Kofoed-Hansen, Senior Technical Expert, Ports and Offshore Technologies at DHI, to share their insights.

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Floating wind farms: A new dimension to offshore wind energy

Over the past decades, different methods and solutions have been deployed to crack energy supply challenges – especially renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power. Even though wind has proven to be an important source of energy, there are still more wind power opportunities waiting to be deployed such as floating offshore wind farms. Floating wind turbines expand the feasible area for offshore wind energy development, reduce visibility from shores and can be placed in areas with more consistent and stronger wind speed.

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Integrated solutions

The answers are within reach with our powerful and proven combination of in-situ field data, remote sensing, online monitoring, numerical and physical modelling, and expertise.

Ensure cost efficient design and operation with high quality metocean data and analyses

Tap into DHI’s global metocean database for site-specific data that can be used throughout each offshore development phase.

Map and monitor shallow water bathymetry, aquatic vegetation, geomorphological dynamics and sedimentary variations around potential offshore wind installations with satellite imagery.

Take swifter decisions and actions with the support of online monitoring and operational metocean forecasts.

Technology
MetOcean Data Portal | Bathymetrics Data Portal | MIKE 21/3 Hydrodynamics | MIKE 21 Spectral Waves | Waterforecast.com

Rely on certifiable environmental design criteria to support all offshore wind elements

The often-harsh environmental conditions of offshore wind infrastructures require the establishment of safe and cost-effective designs.

To do so, developers and regulators can rely on tools with accurate data and DHI's strong metocean engineering expertise.

Count on us to secure a quick and smooth process and help you build faster, smarter and at a lower cost.

Technology
MIKE 3 Wave FM | Bathymetrics Data Portal | MIKE 21/3 Hydrodynamics | MIKE 21 Spectral Waves | MetOcean Data Portal

Secure environmental approval using specialty modelling and monitoring

Seabird collisions and underwater noise on marine mammals are the top environmental issues offshore wind farms pose today.

To mitigate risk, MUSE, a multi-sensor bird detection system offers 24/7 monitoring to significantly reduce downtime.

Couple MUSE with ecological models that integrate hydrodynamics, habitats and animal movements for more precise impact assessments and regulatory compliance.

Technology
MUSE | ABM Lab | MIKE ECO Lab | MIKE 21/3 Mud Transport | MIKE 21/3 Sand Transport | Marine Animal Movement Portal | PlumeCast | MIKE 21/3 Hydrodynamics

Protect assets with seabed mobility and scour risk predictions and assessments

High sediment mobility rates from ocean currents, tide, waves and hyperpycnal flows can change a sediment profile rapidly.

To mitigate impact, DHI can predict the likely range of future seabed levels at turbine locations and cable routes using historical surveys and satellite, geotechnical and geological data combined with sediment transport models.

We can also assess the risk of long-term scouring around any type of wind turbine foundation and offer cost-efficient mitigation options and conceptual designs using our Scour Calculator, CFD or physical modelling.

Technology
MIKE 21/3 Hydrodynamics | MIKE 21/3 Mud Transport | MIKE 21/3 Sand Transport | MIKE 21 Spectral Waves

Rely on accurate load and response analyses of wind support structures

It’s critical to carefully evaluate hydrodynamic loads on fixed and floating foundation structures.

To support decision-making on structural design and project feasibility, DHI provides key insights on metocean conditions and relevant loads through the use of physical modelling and CFD.

Our depth of knowledge and access to best-in-class resources has led to the development of innovative solutions in foundation structures that can be put to work for you.


Technology

MIKE 21 Mooring Analysis
MIKE 3 Wave FM

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To support the analytical and decision-making skills of an in-house expert, MIKE Powered by DHI software is available for purchase.

MIKE Powered by DHI allows you to simulate an endless range of flow phenomena, waves, sediment dynamics, dredge spill, and ecological systems to analyse complex challenges and develop efficient, reliable and sustainable solutions.

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Technology
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Client successes

"RVO.nl aims at the highest quality level for these site studies. With devoted teamwork from the tender phase till the complete delivery of all products, the performance of the DHI project team and management met our expectations."

- Frank van Erp, Senior Advisor Renewable Energy
RVO.nl, the Netherlands
"The MetOcean Data Portal is a leap forward when it comes to the availability and accessibility of decades of high-quality metocean data. It has already greatly improved our responsiveness within planning and FEED design or support structures in the offshore wind sector."

- Anders Sorrig Mourtitzen, Director and Technical Lead
C2Wind ApS
"Have to say, www.metocean-on-demand.com has a brilliant range of datasets and an excellent user interface. After using it for two years, I can’t see anything else coming close. Keep up the great work."

- Adam Leonard-Williams, Marine Operations Consultant
James Fisher Marine Services, UK
“DHI demonstrated competences and eagerness to provide a high-quality product – from the core modelling work to the documentation of the work and the database, all of which were essential for speeding up the design process.”

- Niels Jacob Tarp-Johansen, Lead Load Engineer, Ørsted
"DHI and LIC Engineering designed the application of wide-graded rock as an innovative solution for scour protection at the three offshore wind farms, and this has shown to be a viable design option with great potential for cost savings."

- Victoria Ruiz Gomez, Project Manager Offshore Foundations, Vattenfall
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