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UK engineering design company offers subcontracting services to the offshore renewable sector

Country of origin:
Country: 
UNITED KINGDOM
Opportunity:
External Id: 
BOUK20200821001
Published
21/08/2020
Last update
21/08/2020
Expiration date
22/08/2021

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Wind energy
Marine energy
Other alternative energy
Other energy production
Specialised design activities
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Summary

Summary: 
A UK company offering innovative engineering design and product development services is looking for partners in the offshore renewable sector on a subcontracting basis.

Description

Description: 

The British company provides innovative engineering designs for a sustainable future, offering bespoke solutions for complex problems.

They specialise in renewable energy engineering consultancy serving the marine energy and wind sector.

They have specific experience in offshore renewables covering: test rig design and manufacture, sealing technologies, bio-fouling and corrosion, composites, pitching mechanisms, drivetrain, nacelle and structural design, subsea clamping, electrical connections, instrumentation and hydraulics. They have extensive structural finite element analyses experience, and design optimisation is a key strength that has been invaluable in all of their projects.

They are currently expanding into floating offshore wind to bring their specific marine engineering knowledge and expertise to this rapidly developing sector.

They consider themselves to be experts in rotor dynamics, blade profile design, systems engineering, structural design, optimisation and analysis, testing and validation services, as well as manufacturing and commissioning services.

All of the team members have a background working in large engineering companies (Rolls-Royce, Alstom, GE, Siemens, Vestas), which allows them to couple the flexibility of a SME with extensive, large original equipment manufacture experience.

This results in a high-quality, professional approach from a personable engineering team. There are many significant challenges to be overcome in the fields of towing, installation, on-site maintenance, large component replacement on-site, disconnection and in port maintenance. These factors can have a significant impact upon the levelized cost of energy and they feel that their hands on experience of offshore renewable engineering and creative approach to problem solving means they are in a unique position to provide innovative solutions to these challenges.

The UK company is seeking partners in their sector to subcontract to.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
The team feel that their understanding of operations and maintenance is their core strength in the floating offshore wind market. The companies hands on experience with multiple tidal and wave devices provides them with valuable practical experience in this field. They can add maximum value to a project by applying innovative engineering design to solve complex operations and maintenance problems that can have a significant effect on the cost of operations. They use the latest tools available for cutting edge optimisation in order to reduce overall cost. As mentioned above, the team have come up with numerous ways the offshore wind sector can benefit from their tidal and wave experience. They have recently produced a white paper detailing the challenges and opportunities in installation, operations & maintenance of floating offshore wind foundations. They have designed and manufactured a custom air valve bank for a novel wave energy converter. They have also detailed a low cost installation and removal strategy for a wave device, including contingency provision. The team were instrumental in developing the installation and removal process for a tidal device that has been operational in Scotland for over 1 year. The installation time for the tidal device was reduced to 40 minutes due to improvements in the design and processes.

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
They are looking to partner with any organisations looking for innovative solutions to their operations and maintenance problems. The UK company could also add value to organisations that may already have concepts or ideas but lack the engineering resource to turn them into reality. Additionally, they could provide organisations with 3rd party verification of existing solutions. These organisations could include: • Developers • Wind turbine generators original equipment manufacturers • Sub-tier operations and maintenance supply chain • University / research organisations