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Ørsted incorporates innovative digital system for New York wind farm project

by Liam Turner
A digital-looking offshore wind farm

UK-based renewable energy software specialist Sennen has been selected by Danish energy firm Ørsted to pilot the use of a new digital system that is set to simplify the construction of the South Fork offshore wind farm in the US.

Based on Sennen’s existing technology, the new system will serve to help Ørsted plan and deliver the construction of New York’s first offshore wind farm, South Fork Wind.

It is hoped that the system will help Ørsted deploy teams performing different construction phase tasks simultaneously without risk of interfering with each other’s activities.

With the new tool, Ørsted says it will have full sight of contractor movements.

The system will be run in parallel with existing processes in order to measure potential improvements.

The development of Sennen’s new construction tool has received £112,000 grant funding from the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP), which supports high-growth companies in the UK supply chain.

Gaby Amiel, co-founder and chief executive of Sennen, said: “The rapid expansion of the offshore wind industry needs to be supported by intelligent digital systems that will enable growth to happen as quickly and safely as possible.

“That is what we specialise in at Sennen, and we’re excited to be developing our offer so that we can support operators during the entire lifecycle of a wind farm – from construction and beyond.

“We need companies like Ørsted to test new ideas and ways of working, so that the industry can continue to innovate and grow.

“We’re delighted that they have chosen us for this project; it allows us to test and develop this new software on a real wind farm, which will offer invaluable learning.”

South Fork Wind Farm will be the first completed utility-scale offshore wind farm in US waters, with the project expected to be operational by the end of 2023.

The scheme will power around 70,000 New York homes each year.

‘Valuable’ opportunity

David Bould, head of UK and IE Ventures and Open Innovation at Ørsted, said: “The work with Sennen is a great example of how Ørsted collaborates with innovative companies in our UK and Ireland supply chain to the benefit of both organisations.

“By using Sennen’s technology on one of our live construction projects, we get a valuable, early opportunity to further improve our construction activities – reducing cost and risk.

“We’ll continue to work with Sennen on development of their product and help secure their route to market, both in the UK and Ireland and across our global portfolio, building on previous support from the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership.”

Ørsted’s aims to to have installed 30GW of offshore wind globally by 2030.

The company develops, constructs, owns, and operates offshore wind farms in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK.

It also has development projects in Taiwan, Poland, and the USA.

Ørsted has five offshore wind farms currently in construction.

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