Maersk Supply Service and Danish wind system developer Vestas have entered into an innovation partnership to jointly develop solutions and next-generation technology for the sustainable energy industry.
The companies believe one of the main challenges for the global wind energy sector is to lower the cost of transporting and installing wind turbines as they increase in size and will be installed in more remote locations. The collaboration will aim to solve these challenges.
The two companies are developing a crane solution for both onshore and offshore wind turbines that could significantly bring down the cost of installation. The installation concept, called Vertical Installer, involves a crane that will enable the use of lower cost assets in the logistics value chain.
The project is being developed in cooperation with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, and has received DKK47m ($7.3m) in funding for the next three years from the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP) via the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate.
“This is an exciting step for Maersk Supply Service and a great example of how our marine knowledge and versatile fleet can be leveraged in new industries. Our partnership with Vestas and the development of Vertical Installer demonstrates that we are taking action to overcome industry challenges and ensure that the energy needs of the next generation are met,” said Steen Karstensen, CEO of Maersk Supply Service.
Maersk Supply Service currently operates a fleet of 44 offshore support vessels.