Building on enormous growth in Europe, offshore wind is now a truly global industry, with markets developing from the Baltic to the US and Asia. Continuous pressure to reduce the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) and fierce competition in the offshore wind sector is driving technical innovation in fixed bottom and, more recently, floating offshore wind farms.
New markets can bring challenging marine conditions, from seismic activity on the seabed to typhoons and tsunamis. In Europe, as the seabed becomes more congested, demand pushes new developments further offshore in to more challenging waters. This, along with growing turbine size, increases the complexity of installation and creates a host of new subsea engineering challenges. Our expertise helps to ensure that the dynamic interactions between waves, tides, structures and the seabed are fully understood to minimise both project risk and costs.