China Global Offshore Wind Summit was held successfully in Nanning

On July 8, 2021, the 6th Global Offshore Wind Power Summit was held in Nanning, Guangxi.

This conference is endorsed by GWEC with its 3 Chinese partners CWEA, CREIA, and CERS, and organized by Envision Group and Wind Energy Magazine.

The summit aims to improve innovation, integration of multiple energy sources, and help to reach carbon neutrality through the offshore wind. It attracted the representatives of related enterprises and institutions from the whole industrial chain and made positive and interactive speeches on the stage and in an enthusiastic atmosphere, offering a feast of ideas for the participants.

Norwegian delegations contributed their insights

Norwegian delegations contributed their insights to the offshore wind industry.

Mr. Rolf Almklov, Commercial Counsellor of Norwegian Embassy in China and director China at Innovation Norway, and Ms. Qu Lei, Senior Energy and Environment Officer of Innovation Norway in China and Manager of Norwegian Energy and Environment Consortium, also attended the event to support Norwegian enterprises.

Ulstein, an internationally renowned ship-design company, has demonstrated its customized services and products for the offshore wind industry in China.

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The company has previously customized two SOVs for Shanghai Electric for expanding the Chinese market. These two vessels will soon be built by Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.

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JOTUN, already a leader in onshore wind, has been a strong player in offshore wind for two years. The company specifically describes the use of maintenance-free coating systems in floating offshore wind power and Marine ranching, in particular their polyester glass flake paint (Baltoflake). The Ekofisk oil rig in the Norwegian North Sea is based on 49 years of maintenance-free coating protection provided by JOTUN.
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DNV provides classification, technical assurance, software, and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil, gas, and energy industries. They also provide certification services to customers across a wide range of industries. To provide their customers, as well as society as a whole, with operational and technological foresight, DNV continuously invests in research and collaborative innovation projects. DNV operates in more than 100 countries around the world and is dedicated to helping its customers make the world safer, smarter, and greener.
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The Forum also invited the Norwegian Energy Partner, whose spokesperson introduced the details of the Norwegian offshore wind industry chain, listed many well-known Norwegian offshore wind companies, and finally offered solutions specifically designed for international offshore wind development needs. He Highlighted the overall strengths of Norwegian companies in the offshore wind sector.

Offshore wind power “dives” into deep blue

At the meeting, industry giants gathered together to speak freely on “offshore wind power helps achieve carbon neutrality”, among which the theme forum “Discussing the future development trend of offshore wind power” attracted many people’s attention.

What path should China’s offshore wind development take in the future?

This issue is on the minds of everyone in the wind industry, especially as offshore wind is facing unprecedented development opportunities.

Both the central government’s goal of “carbon peak by 2030 and carbon neutral by 2060” and the coastal provinces’ plans to promote the development of offshore wind resources in accordance with the 14th Five-Year Plan indicate a new era for offshore wind power.

Offshore wind installations are rising with demand, which leads to the most important and fundamental question of all – where do we get all that wind?

From the current consensus, going farther out to the sea seems to be the only option.

Compared with the near-shore offshore wind, the wind resources of the deep-water area are better, with small turbulence intensity and surface roughness, and high capacity. The exploitable sea area from China’s territorial sea line to the exclusive economic zone is about 600,000 square kilometers, and the exploitable resource potential is about 2 billion kWs, accounting for about 75% of China’s offshore wind development potential. The Bohai Sea area, the extension of the continental shelf in the Yellow Sea, and the Taiwan Strait are all excellent areas for wind resources development.

Safe and efficient crane lifting, project construction, and operation and maintenance market construction are all problems that the whole industry is trying to solve.

The resources are in the deep water, but they are not easy to take, this is the industry consensus, so how to further make use of the deep-water resources? The answer is to grow and improve the whole industrial chain. The offshore wind operation and maintenance industry will be the backbone of the industrial chain and SOV will be a good place to start.

Different from the mature manufacturing technology of operation and maintenance vessels in Europe, China’s operation and maintenance vessels have a relatively low starting point. China’s existing operation and maintenance vessels have shortcomings and weak points in multiple dimensions. If the development of wind resources goes further to the deep sea, these weak points will only hold China back.

It is no exaggeration to say that in order to innovate the deep-water offshore wind operation and maintenance solution, we must first innovate the vessels accordingly. To “dive” into the deep blue, it is necessary to draw lessons from the advanced technology and rich experience, and as Qin Haiyan, General Secretary of Chinese Wind Energy Association (CWEA), says ” Norwegian companies started early on offshore wind and have rich experience. They can contribute expertise and resources to the development and management of offshore wind farms by leveraging their technological advantages and experience. Equinor, DNV, Aker Solutions and OHT have extensive experience in marine engineering, major component transportation, offshore wind farm development, installation, and maintenance. Also, they are role models in transforming traditional energy sources and driving economic growth through the offshore wind industry.” China can learn from Norwegian companies to transform its industrial chain. At the same time, in the context of China’s carbon neutrality and using the platform of this summit, China-Norway offshore wind cooperation expects promising prospects.