The road to a zero-emission economy requires renewable energy sources, and offshore wind has emerged as one of the main prospects for green energy in coastal countries. Seeing as wind farms generate renewable energy it is only fitting that the vessels at work in these wind farms also do not impact the environment.
The first offshore wind farms were built near the shore, and were easily accessible for maintenance activities with small crew transfer vessels. Developments see new farms located further offshore, which in turn results in longer transit times. Furthermore, the vessels deployed for laying the inter-array, interconnector and export cables also impact the environment. Even though the life-cycle emissions of offshore wind energy are lower than those of fossil fuels, emissions still occur due to the maintenance vessels operating at wind farms.
So, how do we ensure that cable lay and support vessels have a minimal impact on the environment, with low to zero emissions? For our cable lay vessels we have developed a concept for LNG or methanol. Although they overlap, we tackle these challenges separately. Our zero-emission SOVs are a sustainable solution to the longer transit times associated with locations further offshore.