Offshore operations

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Drone stations at wind farms

The operation and maintenance of wind turbines amounts to approximately 25-30% of its total lifecycle costs and is expected to increase as wind farms move further away

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UK Clean Maritime Plan

The Clean Maritime Plan is the climate roadmap for taking the maritime sector in the UK towards zero emissions.

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Subsea drone charging platform

The lifetime operation and maintenance of wind farms amounts to approximately 25-30% of its total costs and is expected to increase as wind farms move further offshore

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Future of Wind: Deployment, investment, technology, grid integration and socio-economic aspects

Wind energy is on a steady rise and could be instrumental in reaching the climate-goals set out for 2050. Continued technological development, combined with sound pol

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Periscope Blue Growth Innovation Survey results

Successful blue growth requires companies to innovate and invest.

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Autonomous underwater dredger

Sediment builds up in canals and ports, and so this underwater infrastructure needs to be continuously dredged to required depths.

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Heating coils on wind blades

Ice accumulation on offshore wind turbine blades can result in a loss of up to 50% of annual energy production.[1] Ice build up compromises blade aerodynamics and lead

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Solar-powered charging vessel

The electrification of the seas requires energy sources in remote places.

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Fully electric fish farm

The aquaculture industry currently produces approximately half of the fish for global consumption, and this is expected to reach two-thirds by 2030.[1,2] Given the tre

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Thermal vent smoke-filtering

Deep sea mining is expected to grow 37% annually, from $650mn in 2020 to $15.3bn by 2030.[1] Hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor are chimney-like structures where un

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3D printing of turbine blades

Between 2020 and 2030, it has been forecasted that approximately 4,091 offshore turbines will be installed throughout all of Europe.[1] Counting the modern standard de

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Turbine blade cleaning drones

Owners and operators of wind parks are challenged with keeping turbine blades in optimum condition.[1] A combination of accumulated debris, dust deposits, and blade ro

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Oilfield thermite plug

In the North Sea approximately 2000 wells are planned to be permanently plugged and abandoned in the upcoming decade.[1] The industry is already closing more sites tha

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Underwater laser pipe cutters

Europe is currently the largest market for offshore decommissioning with the majority of this activity taking place in the North Sea.[1] In the North Sea approximately

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Autonomous service vessels

Day rates for the smallest and largest service vessels range from $8k-26k.[1]  While autonomous vessels are estimated to reduce fuel consumption by 6%, an autonomous-u

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Document delivery drones

A particular pain point in shipping is that vessels need specific documents delivered to ports before they arrive.

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Roaming autonomous wind farms

80% of the global wind resources are located offshore in deep waters (60+ meters) where traditional seabed-fixed installations are not suitable.[1] These areas will be

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Seafloor screw piles

The total capacity of the offshore wind sector in Europe grew by 18% in 2018 alone.[1] The prospect of larger turbines and deeper waters present a challenge to the cur

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Wind park repurposing

In Europe, 65 offshore wind parks will need to be re-powered, upgraded, or decommissioned, in the next 20 years.[1] The first decommissioning project began in 2016, an

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Oil platform decommissioning

In the next 7 years, 150 oil and gas platforms are expected to be decommissioned in the North Sea.[1,2] Annual global spending on decommissioning is set to increase fr

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Offshore container terminal

Today's 22,000 TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) container vessels will be small compared to the 50,000 TEU vessels forecasted 50 years from now.[1] Modifying existing

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Subsea robotic maintenance

Subsea infrastructure and the demand for its maintenance is growing.

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Offshore maintenance drones

Aerial drones are increasing in applicability, and are already used for structural inspections of offshore platforms and wind farms.[1,2,3] Their integration and modul

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Offshore wind kite farm

At higher altitudes, the wind blows stronger and more consistently. Whereas windmills have yet to exceed 200m in height, wind kites are reaching 800m in the air.

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The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change

The High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (HLP) commissioned the HLP Expert Group to convene an international team of scientists and experts to evaluate the

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Blue Growth Support Norway

Norway is one of the leading ocean economies in the world today. The Norwegian Government regards the maritime industry as a priority sector.

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The ORCA Hub – Leading the way in offshore robotics

The Offshore Robotics for the Certification of Assets (ORCA) Hub is a research programme d

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Machine Prognostics - Monitoring machine health without humans in the loop

Machine Prognostics’ vision is to empower maintenance engineers all over the world by providing them with reliable actionable information about the

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RIMS automates maintenance operations to make them safer and more cost-efficient

Robotica in Maintenance Strategies (RIMS) carry out visual inspections of assets by drones, both internal and ex

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Blue Growth Support The Netherlands

The Netherlands has been able to build a strong maritime position in the world, thanks in part to its strategic location at the mouth of the Meuse, Rhine and Scheldt.

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Blue Growth Support Sweden

Sweden has one of the longest coastlines in Europe and a strong tradition of maritime activities.

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Driving Cross-Sector Innovation in Offshore Wind

Adopting technology from other industries shows clear benefits for the Offshore Wind industry

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Blue Growth Support Scotland

The maritime economy makes a substantial contribution to the Scottish and UK economies.

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Developing new mOCEAN technology

Mocean Energy is a Scottish SME whose ambitio

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UKCS Workforce Dynamics 2018-2035: Shaping the skills of tomorrow

The oil and gas industry is still a hugely valuable asset to the UK, but there are challenges ahead.

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New generation underwater robotics with huge potential

The potential for underwater inspection, surveillance and exploration is increasing with the advent of robotics.

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Wish to be in the Spotlight?

If you have an innovative business idea, an interesting company with a lot of potential, or a great project within the field of Blue Growth, let us know!

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Dutch Trade and Investment Fund (DTIF)

The Dutch Trade and Investment Fund (DTIF) offers loans, guarantees and export financing for Dutch companies that want to expand their businesses internationally. DTIF

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WBSO (R&D tax credit)

With the WBSO, companies can lower the wage costs for research and development (R&D) and other R&D costs and expenditures, such as prototypes or research equip

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World Energy Issues Monitor 2018 - Perspectives on the Grand Energy Transition

This report covers the World Energy Council’s ninth annual survey of key challenges and opportunities faced by energy leaders in managing a robust energy transition.

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Foresight - Future of the Sea

This report, Foresight Future of the Sea, summarises evidence on social, technological, e

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Blue Growth Study - Scenarios and drivers for Sustainable Growth from the Oceans, Seas and Coasts

The starting point for the Blue Growth project is the grounded belief that seas, coa

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Study on regulatory matters concerning the development of the North Sea offshore energy potential

The Study on regulatory matters concerning the development of the North Sea offshore energy potential identified existing regulatory framework barriers, undertook a ma

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