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 fee and environmental footprint related to wind turbine installations.
The answer – known as SkyWalker – makes use of energetic heave compensation derived from offshore lifting programs mixed with digital options that enable for remote-controlled and automatic options.
Nekkar chief govt 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 gear producer (OEM) and Fred Olsen Renewables, together with assist from academia, to develop the SkyWalker.
The design and expertise of SkyWalker allow a managed elevate that may function heavier hundreds and attain bigger heights than present crane options.
In addition, SkyWalker reduces the environmental influence of putting in wind generators by significantly decreasing the footprint in nature and CO2 emissions from transportation.
Additionally it is 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 sturdy legacy inside oil and gasoline to create disruptive options for sustainable industries.
“The cooperation with the wind turbine OEM and Fred Olsen Renewables ensures that the improvement work is absolutely 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 degree the place wind generators immediately are appropriate with every other supply of power.
The principle driver of this price discount is the fixed improve in wind turbine measurement and consequent energy output.
The normal crane applied sciences won’t enable for a lot larger onshore wind generators, in line with Nekkar.
Fred Olsen Renewables enterprise developer Gaute Tjensvoll stated: “SkyWalker is smaller and requires a lot much less house than different set up options equivalent to cell cranes, which means that the environmental footprint on terrain is equally lowered.
“That is, for us, particularly essential for onshore wind improvement on hilly websites in Scandinavia.
“Additionally it is essential for us to create native exercise in relation with our wind improvement initiatives, which is why we initiated the collaboration and have engaged with the Skywalker mission.”
One other goal of the SkyWalker is to allow set up of wind generators at places the place it at the moment is just not virtually or financially viable to develop wind farms.
In accordance with Nekkar, the expertise additionally permits set up in stronger winds than immediately and can lower the entire set up time for the wind farm homeowners.
Later variations of the SkyWalker expertise will be utilized to the set up of each bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind generators, with out having to make diversifications 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 – equivalent to renewable power – much more sustainable, productive, and worthwhile.