First offshore wind turbine using the Slip Joint connection successfully installed
The DOT wind turbine is located in Eneco’s Princes Amalia Wind Park off the coast of IJmuiden, the Netherlands. The complete wind turbine was picked up in a single lift by Heerema’s DCV Aegir from the quay of Sif Rotterdam and transported towards its designated location. The installation was noticeably faster than usual installation. Jan van der Tempel, Director of DOT BV: “This offshore installation is a major milestone in the commercialisation of the Slip Joint. Although the connection is very simple it still took 15 years to get it offshore”. The wind turbine will stay offshore for a year to test and collect data regarding this innovative connection after which the gathered data will be processed and used for validating lab tests by both TU Delft and TNO.
The Slip Joint development underlines the challenges of implementing new technologies in the offshore wind energy sector and to help accelerate this process the GROW consortium was initiated in 2016. GROW represents 20 leading Dutch partners in offshore wind that have joined forces on research and development. David de Jager, Managing Director of GROW adds: “This step in the SJOR project marks a significant moment for the GROW consortium. Through intense cooperation and knowledge exchange between industry and research institutes we now see the Dutch offshore wind sector introduce new technologies faster. This will help to ensure the leading position of this sector, both in Europe and around the world”.
This project is executed with subsidy of the Topsector Energie from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate.
Sif Holding N.V. Press release - First offshore wind turbine using the Slip Joint connection successfully installed. URL: https://sif-group.com/en/news/project-updates/668-first-offshore-wind-turbine-us.... [Date Accessed: 02/10/2018].