TAS put to the test
UK based Houlder’s TAS (Turbine Access System) has taken a step closer to meeting operator requirements by completing a trial period within the Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) programme on the Vattenfall’s Thanet windfarm, Kent.
The Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) is Carbon Trust's flagship collaborative RD&D programme. Set up in 2008, the OWA is a joint industry project, involving nine offshore wind developers with 77% (36GW) of the UK's licensed capacity, which aims to reduce the cost of offshore wind by 10% by 2015. Cost reduction is achieved through innovation.
Since 2009, when the OWA ran an international competition for new access system designs for deeper waters, the OWA has been supporting the development of novel vessels, transfer systems and motherhips that are able to operate in rougher sea states. These will allow offshore wind farms to be built in deeper water, further from shore.
By Jake Frith
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