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Sustainable use of clean energy offshore

Identify new offshore wind farm opportunities and evaluate their potential environmental impact with high-quality data, cutting-edge technology and in-depth analyses.

Where are we now

To achieve the global goal of producing more clean energy, the offshore wind market has grown at rapid pace – nearly 30% per year since 2010. In addition, the cost of this form of renewable energy has fallen in recent years, further propelling the uptick. To continue at this pace, it’s imperative to more efficiently evaluate wind, wave and current conditions and the potential impact of your next clean offshore energy project on the environment.

The challenges

In-depth knowledge and understanding of site-specific conditions are vital to properly design an offshore wind farm being it fixed or floating. In particular, environmental loads and response analyses are critical to ensure a proposed wind farm can safely withstand the conditions at a given site. It is equally important to determine the impacts a wind farm may have on life underwater to guarantee a sustainable generation of clean energy. 

How DHI can help

Since 1991, DHI has developed standards and tools to optimise wind farm design and ensure safe construction, operation and maintenance. In fact, more than 85% of commissioned offshore wind farms include DHI input. Recognised as best-in-class by certifiers, our methods, data and ecological modelling tools allow you to identify potential impacts early and throughout the project cycle to ease approval processes and reduce scheduling and investment risks to make your project more bankable.

We have contributed to more than 85% of commissioned offshore wind farms worldwide

Integrated solutions

Through a powerful and proven combination of in-situ field data, remote sensing, on-line monitoring and recognised numerical and physical modelling, the answers are within reach.

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

Tap into DHI’s worldwide metocean database for accurate site-specific data – from feasibility and FEED to the construction and O&M phase. Map and monitor shallow water bathymetry, aquatic vegetation, geomorphological dynamics and sedimentary variations around potential offshore wind installations with satellite imagery. Take swift action if the impacts of construction and operation become more severe than predicted 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

To establish safe, solid and cost-effective environmental design criteria, one must rely on proven technology, accurate data and strong metocean engineering expertise. Offshore wind infrastructures are often subject to harsh environmental conditions which complicates the matter requiring close collaboration with certification bodies and developers. DHI has earned the reputation of being at the forefront of the industry. 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 clearance with input from specialist modelling and monitoring

The risk of seabird collisions and the impact of underwater noise on marine mammals are the top environmental issues offshore wind farms face today. To mitigate these risks, MUSE, DHI's innovative, multi-sensor bird detection system, offers 24/7 monitoring to greatly reduce downtime. Couple MUSE with recognised ecological modelling that integrates hydrodynamics, habitats and animal movements for the most precise impact assessments that fully comply with environmental regulations.



Technology

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 your assets with seabed mobility and scour risk predictions and assessments

High sediment mobility rates from ocean currents, tide, waves and hyperpycnal flows can change the sediment profile rapidly. To assess this risk and mitigate its impact, DHI provides robust predictions of the likely range of future seabed levels at wind turbine locations and cable routes using historical surveys, satellite data and geotechnical and geology data in combination with sediment transport models. In addition, we can predict the risk of long-term scouring around any type of wind turbine foundation and offer cost-efficient mitigation options and conceptual design 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 fixed and floating wind support structures

As mentioned, offshore wind farms are often exposed to harsh ocean environments. Therefore, it’s critically important to carefully evaluate hydrodynamic loads on fixed and floating foundation structures. To support decision making on structural design and project feasibility, DHI provides key insight 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

Have answers at your fingertips with MIKE Powered by DHI modelling software

To support the analytical and decision-making skills of your in-house expertise, MIKE Powered by DHI software is available for purchase. This premier software 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. For more than 30 years, MIKE Powered by DHI software has been the preferred tool for professionals in the energy industry. By embedding DHI’s industry leading expertise, MIKE provides maximum versatility and quality in coastal and offshore modelling.


Technology

MIKE Coast & Sea Product Suite

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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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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