Onshore Wind

Onshore wind is one of the most established and successful renewable energy sectors, but still with much potential for further cost of energy reduction.

Our wind consultancy helps your onshore wind farm business by using our deep industry knowledge and first-hand experience designing and operating wind turbines over many years. This enables us to quickly identify the opportunities and risks in your project. Working with you, we’ll use this insight to formulate and implement effective action plans. Whether your onshore wind farm is part of a major corporate portfolio or a community based project, pre-construction or in operation, we can help you improve bottom line results.

We provide a wide range of high quality services to current and potential onshore wind farm players. Our onshore wind consultancy includes development advice, asset management advisory, and due diligence services for acquisition and divestment. We can also act as your “in-house” technical advisor.

With many onshore wind farms approaching their “end of life”, decisions have to be made. Do you carry on as you are, hoping your farm life will go beyond 20 years? Do you increase your focus in asset management to increase the longevity of your farm? Do you invest to minimise future OPEX or to maximise future revenue?

Our wind consultancy helps you to identify the right approach for your wind farm based on actual performance, robust component-by-component remaining life estimation methods, your business objectives/approach and our real world experience in both the detail design and operation of wind turbines and wind farms.

We also use our deep industry knowledge to help new players enter the market and existing suppliers shape their next moves.

A guide to an offshore wind farm

Acquisition due diligence

Approaches to cost-reduction in offshore wind

Boom Lock proving its worth

Bringing the wind industry and UK ports together

Control software commercialisation support

Cost of energy analysis for a novel offshore turbine

Due diligence on supplier of novel drive train

Expert offshore wind supply chain support and workshops

Growing trade with China in offshore wind

Helping grow a local supply chain for offshore wind

Holistic algorithms for turbine condition monitoring

Independent assessment of KPS cost of energy

Knowledge growth in offshore wind

Long-term R&D programme management and incubation support

Market and technical support for Blade Dynamics

Market assessment and due diligence support

Market entry support

Offshore wind: A 2013 supply chain health check

Offshore wind cost reduction pathways study – technology and supply chain work streams

Offshore wind: Forecasts of future costs and benefits

Offshore wind industrial strategy secondment

Offshore wind R&D programme technical support

Opportunities for aerospace oil and gas sectors in offshore wind

Positioning Strangford Lough as a marine energy test site

Progressing UK supply opportunities in offshore wind

Prototyping for Offshore Wind Energy Renewables Scotland (POWERS) fund due diligence

Review of the wind turbine tower and monopile market

Scottish supply chain summary gap analysis

Spatial assessment of the potential impact of floating offshore wind in the UK

Two-year wind and marine energy supply chain development programme

UK Offshore wind: Moving up a gear

UK supply chain event for Siemens Wind Power

UK Renewables Service

Wind turbine testing and demonstration needs assessment

Strategic review of UK east coast staging and construction facilities August 2016

Scottish Enterprise “Seize the Opportunity “guide to offshore wind May 2016

Offshore Wind Project Board The UK content of operating UK wind farms November 2015

Offshore wind: delivering more For less, a report for Statkraft, July 2015

Approaches to cost-reduction in offshore wind, Committee on Climate Change, June 2015

Methodology for measuring UK content for UK offshore wind farms May 2015

Future Renewable Energy Costs: Offshore Wind, KIC InnoEnergy, May 2014

Generating Energy and Prosperity Economic impact of offshore renewable energy in the UK March 2014

Northern Ireland Marine Energy Capability Directory February 2014

UK offshore wind supply chain: capabilities and opportunities February 2014

Offshore Wind: A 2013 supply chain health check November 2013

Building an industry June 2013

Industry’s journey to £100/MWh Offshore wind: industry’s journey to £100/MWh, May 2013

Pathways to Cost Reduction Offshore wind technologies for Scotland October 2012

Towards round 3: the offshore wind supply chain in 2012 June 2012

Pathways to Cost Reduction in Offshore Wind: Technology workstream, The Crown Estate, June 2012

Value breakdown for the offshore wind sector February 2010

UK content analysis of Robin Rigg Offshore Wind Farm operations and maintenance July 2012

UK content analysis of Robin Rigg offshore wind farm September 2011

State of the Industry Report October 2011

Offshore Wind Forecasts of future costs and benefits June 2011

Offshore wind: Opportunities for the composites industry June 2011

Towards Round 3: Progress in building the offshore wind supply chain February 2011

Your career in offshore wind energy November 2010

Offshore Wind Opportunities in South East England July 2010

A Guide to an Offshore Wind Farm February 2010

PowerPark Demand & Need Report October 2009

UK Offshore Wind: Moving up a gear October 2007

Offshore Wind: At a Crossroads April 2006

UK offshore wind Ports prospectus September 2009

UK Ports for the Offshore Wind Industry: Time to Act February 2009

Towards Round 3: Building the Offshore Wind Supply Chain February 2009

Offshore Wind

We’ve grown into a leading independent offshore wind consultancy with expertise in technology, business and economics – an essential combination in such a dynamic sector. We’ve been involved with offshore wind energy from its very early days as a commercial activity. Many see us as midwives to the industry, helping to birth and support it from its beginnings. Today, we continue to help break new ground in establishing offshore wind as a large-scale player in the new energy mix.

Our knowledge, experience and industry network enables our wind consultancy to give you excellence in guiding your business and technology decisions to meet market need.

Our team has led major technology development projects from within wind turbine manufacturers. We know what is required, both technically and commercially, in taking products from paper to market. Our reputation and experience allow us to bring investors and technology providers together for mutual benefit.

We deliver wind consultancy to major developers on the impacts of new technologies and engineering solutions, undertake due diligence on technology providers and provide support to technology SMEs in bringing innovations to market.

Our cost and industry modelling has helped offshore wind on its journey towards “subsidy free”.

Our work on local content, supply chain and economic benefit of offshore wind has helped business, enablers and governments drive the industry forward.

Floating Wind

Commercial deployment of floating offshore wind (FOW) foundations for wind farms is key to a truly global offshore wind industry. FOW ’s ability to develop projects in deeper waters opens up vast new swathes of seabed for wind energy generation. To unlock that potential, the cost of floating farms must rapidly converge on those for other forms of generation, including fixed foundation wind farms.

We have been at the forefront of developing the FOW sector. We have helped stakeholders assess cost trajectories, market size and deployment strategies.

Our work with WindEurope demonstrated how floating technology can play a key role in helping achieve a carbon-neutral Europe by 2050. Innonergy used our work  to identify how technology innovation is reducing the cost of energy from European FOW. This was used as their centrepiece for the Global Wind Summit in Hamburg, the biggest Wind Energy fair in Europe. We also updated the Delphos tool to include FOW innovations. This involved two rounds of industry engagement to validate the values.

Most of the world’s developers have used our insight to make progress on their floating plans. This has included a feasibility study of delivering FOW projects to identify the most challenging aspects. We have also investigated the state-of-the art in deep-water wind turbine foundations. This work analysed fixed and floating foundations and determined the most cost-effective foundation for each water depth. We have also assessed the floating offshore wind opportunity for the Port of Galway

Many floating technology innovators have benefited from our FOW cost modelling expertise. For example, we enabled SAITEC to understand the cost benefit of its floating foundations. We modelled five different foundation technologies (covering both bottom-fixed and floating). We delivered an indicative assessment of CAPEX and levelised cost of energy for wind farms at three site types and with two turbine ratings.

Wave and Tidal

The wave and tidal sectors have great potential to grow from their current early stage of development.

Our team have unique knowledge of the wave and tidal sectors technology, economics and business. Understanding the challenges these industries face across those three areas is vital to the success of any project.

Having delivered help to leading device suppliers across the world, our wave and tidal team help your technology or business move towards full commercial success by enabling cost reduction.

Just as your wave or tidal project is unique, our service to the wave and tidal sectors is bespoke and comprehensive to give you honest, rigorous and actionable advice across all stages of project and product lifecycles.

We deliver numerical modelling of marine energy production, likely cost of energy and risk. Our due diligence team deliver technical and commercial assessments of your project and preferred technology. We advise on optimising local supply chain engagement to achieve local content goals and enhance stakeholder engagement.

Energy Systems

Electricity generation is becoming increasingly technology and geographically agnostic. Industrial and consumer grids need power that is reliable, cost effective and clean. In the past, the markets for electricity were clearly differentiated, even between different renewable electricity sectors. Now they are converging into a single, multinational market. We determine the impact of new generation, management and distribution technologies on local and large-scale energy system from a technology, business, social and economic perspective.

As part of that paradigm shift, energy storage is becoming increasing important. It is especially relevant as an enabling technology for the renewable electricity sector. By helping to manage supply and demand, storage and new smart energy systems can help drive a range of increased efficiencies in the new energy mix. We evaluate the costs and benefits of the new options now available.

Our work covers the technical, business, social and economic aspects of the evolving electricity system using data analysis, thought leadership and wide knowledge of the energy ecosystem.