Supporting the World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm
The challenges of climate change and global energy supply were omnipresent in 2022. At Hilti, we’re supporting the construction of a project which aims to address these concerns with full power.
Off the coast of the United Kingdom, plans for the world’s largest offshore wind farm are being put into motion. Soon, more than 200 massive, state-of-the-art wind turbines will rise from the Dogger Bank, a sand ridge submerged in the North Sea. An international team from the Hilti Group is contributing to this sustainable energy project by way of engineered solutions, services and products.
According to the project’s joint venture owners, Equinor and SSE Renewables, the Dogger Bank Wind Farm will have the capacity to supply six million homes. Oglaend System – a Hilti company – is working to help the manufacturers and installers of the equipment needed to make it all a reality.
One of GE Renewable Energy’s most advanced and powerful wind turbines – the Haliade-X – was selected to power the farm. These huge machines will stand in the sea on a monopile foundation. The electricity they generate will travel across the sea floor and up to raised offshore transformer stations. From there, it’s back to the depths for the rest of the 135-kilometer (84-mile) journey to onshore transmission and distribution stations.
From the top of the turbine tower to the transformer platforms and all the way to the mainland, Oglaend System solutions play a major role, says Hermann Holzer, General Manager of Oglaend System. “We’ve worked closely with the makers and installers of all the farm’s components to come up with solutions for cable management supports in three main areas of the wind farm.”
We’ve worked closely with the makers and installers of all the farm’s components to come up with solutions for cable management supports in three main areas of the wind farm.Hermann Holzer, General Manager of Oglaend System
Our offering includes advanced services around building information modeling (BIM), which includes design validation. From there, we can handle the prefabrication of cable management systems before they head to the site for final installation.Jeremie Taillandier, Offshore Wind Segment Manager and Execution Head
But, as Offshore Wind Segment Manager and Execution Head Jeremie Taillandier explains, Hilti brings more value than products alone. “Our offering includes advanced services around building information modeling (BIM), which includes design validation. From there, we can handle the prefabrication of cable management systems before they head to the site for final installation. We can’t do this without a team of professionals both in the field and in the back office.”
In fact, it’s an international team of more than 20 people spread across Norway, Denmark, Spain, Thailand, Liechtenstein, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, just to name a few. The careful and thoughtful design through BIM helps reduce overengineering and wasted material. It enables organized and time-saving delivery of precut, assembled and kit-organized supports at the onsite turbine assembly facility or for the other land and sea structures. The solutions also indirectly influence Dogger Bank’s overall goal of reducing environmental impact. Modular supports and cable trays require no resource or labor-intensive fastening methods, such as welding.
Through teamwork and coordination, Hilti is contributing to our customers’ efforts to build a better future for our planet and for the construction industry.