Nekkar has been awarded a NOK 21m (€2.1m) grant from Innovation Norway to progress with the event of a expertise that might considerably cut back the price and environmental footprint related to wind turbine installations.
The answer – referred to as SkyWalker – makes use of lively heave compensation derived from offshore lifting techniques mixed with digital options that permit for remote-controlled and automatic options.
Nekkar chief government Preben Liltved stated: “Our calculations present that SkyWalker can considerably cut back time, price, and the environmental footprint related to the set up of wind generators.”
The agency is working along with an undisclosed main wind turbine authentic tools producer (OEM) and Fred Olsen Renewables, together with help from academia, to develop the SkyWalker.
The design and expertise of SkyWalker allow a managed raise that may function heavier masses and attain bigger heights than present crane options.
In addition, SkyWalker reduces the environmental affect of putting in wind generators by significantly decreasing the footprint in nature and CO2 emissions from transportation.
It’s also being developed as a zero emissions system.
Nekkar head of renewables Mette Harv added: “SkyWalker is a good instance of how we leverage on our robust legacy inside oil and fuel to create disruptive options for sustainable industries.
“The cooperation with the wind turbine OEM and Fred Olsen Renewables ensures that the growth work is totally aligned with the worth chain necessities of the wind energy business,”
Over time the levelized price of power produced by wind generators has been lowered to a stage the place wind generators right this moment are appropriate with every other supply of power.
The primary driver of this price discount is the fixed enhance in wind turbine measurement and consequent energy output.
The standard crane applied sciences won’t permit for a lot greater onshore wind generators, based on Nekkar.
Fred Olsen Renewables enterprise developer Gaute Tjensvoll stated: “SkyWalker is smaller and requires a lot much less house than different set up options comparable to cell cranes, which means that the environmental footprint on terrain is equally lowered.
“That is, for us, particularly vital for onshore wind growth on hilly websites in Scandinavia.
“It’s also vital for us to create native exercise in relation with our wind growth initiatives, which is why we initiated the collaboration and have engaged with the Skywalker venture.”
One other goal of the SkyWalker is to allow set up of wind generators at areas the place it presently isn’t virtually or financially viable to develop wind farms.
In accordance with Nekkar, the expertise additionally permits set up in stronger winds than right this moment and can lower the full set up time for the wind farm homeowners.
Later variations of the SkyWalker expertise could be utilized to the set up of each bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind generators, with out having to make variations to the generators.
The muse of Nekkar’s enterprise is world-class engineering, electrification, automation, and digitalisation competence and heritage from the drilling business in Kristiansand which is the DNA within the firm’s digital options enterprise space.
Nekkar goals to use this competence as levers to develop disruptive applied sciences that may make high-growth business sectors – comparable to renewable power – much more sustainable, productive, and worthwhile.