By Ross Tyler, Business Network for Offshore Wind
The Business Network for Offshore Wind is supporting its members to explore offshore wind export opportunities. In June 2018, the Network, in cooperation with RenewableUK, brought six US companies to the Global Offshore Wind Conference in Manchester. The Network organized an exhibition space with RenewableUK in which the US companies were able to arrange meetings and use the venue to raise their profile. The conference provided each of the US companies an opportunity to present their unique product or service offering at the conference’s Innovation Theater. Further, Federal U.S. Commercial Services promoted the companies’ presence in advance of attending the conference.
The impact of the conference for the US supply-chain delegation is summarized in the findings of the post-conference survey with the following remarks:
“I would like to thank the Network for providing us with the opportunity to join the booth at GOW. It provided us with a great platform to promote the work we do in the US as APEM / Normandeau and more close to home in Europe too.”
“As a US company entering the OSW market, it is important that we go to Europe where many of the design decisions are made. Attending GOW 18 with the Network offered us that opportunity, and cost effectively.”
There are two important questions that require an answer: how much of the global offshore wind sector is the US going to secure through exports, and which US offshore wind supply chain companies will seek global presence and market competitiveness by including an export element in their marketing strategies? It is worth remembering that approximately 30% of the offshore wind life cycle costs are borne by operations and maintenance. This is a service and the associated knowhow may be exported – offshore wind exports are not limited to turbines, blades and cables – there are many secondary and tertiary products as well as services including front end engineering development services (FEED) that can be exported to the growing markets.
Looking forward, if you have interest in participating in a targeted offshore wind market in 2019 or beyond, please contact Ross Tyler firstname.lastname@example.org
The Business Network for Offshore Wind business members that made up the export delegation to the Global Offshore Wind Conference included:
KEYSTONE ENGINEERING INC.
Keystone Engineering Inc. is the only U.S. engineer experienced with detailed WTG foundation design. The company designed the foundations for the Block Island Wind Farm and several of the pioneering U.S. offshore wind projects. Keystone has also designed its ‘Twisted Jacket’ concept for the UK Hornsea Zone. www.keystoneengr.com
MOSS MARINE USA, INC.
MOSS offers Business Development, Marketing, Procurement Support, Technical Services & Specialty Products to those seeking assistance in the USA. Established, connected and knowledgeable about Offshore Wind requirements, one contact accesses a single source provider for consultation, establishment of market strategies or the pursuit of emerging opportunities. www.mossmarineusa.com
IP Subsea provides drones for innovative data gathering and operations support in the marine environment. Our Autonomous Marine Platform (AMP) has multiple configurations for marine survey and monitoring activities providing a force multiplier and cost reductions at scale when compared to conventional survey methods. www.ipsubsea.com
From initial site surveys through decommissioning, our products and services deliver unmatched value designed to lower the total cost of your project. Take advantage of our experience as a proven offshore partner in site investigations and regulatory compliance, ROV services and tooling, subsea power cables, installation support, inspection, data analytics, and decommissioning. Renewable energy continues to thrive as part of a balanced global energy mix. We are committed to delivering innovative solutions for challenges across your project lifecycle. www.oceaneering.com
Industrial Indicators is a U.S. manufacturer of tension indicating bolts and related tools. Our SmartBolts® products are outfitted with proprietary condition monitoring technologies to improve the reliability and efficiency of industrial bolting operations. www.smartbolts.com
NORMANDEAU ASSOCIATES, INC.
Normandeau Associates, Inc. and APEM (Team) offer aerial high resolution imaging as part of an integrated strategy for successful permitting of offshore wind energy projects. Our Team combines extensive knowledge of innovative technology and methods with scientific integrity and regulatory experience, providing the highest standard for offshore wildlife data gathering.