The two $330 million Wind Turbine Installation Vessels (WTIV) will be delivered to Monaco-based offshore wind construction player Eneti Inc. by South Korean shipyard Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in Q3 2024 – Q2 2025 with advanced power, automation and technology. control systems, real-time performance analysis and electric propulsion from ABB. ABB orders for the two vessels were recorded in the third quarter of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022, respectively.
The new future-proof vessels will be able to install the next generation of offshore turbines at depths of up to 65 meters and can be upgraded to run on carbon-free fuels. The vessels will feature a battery installation from ABB for increased sustainability of operations, also including energy harvesting from vessel operations.
With the growing demand for wind energy, there is an increased need for WTIVs capable of serving this growing segment in an efficient and sustainable manner. In 2020, offshore wind generation increased by almost 30%, with capacity additions of 6 GW. In its “Net Zero by 2050” roadmap, the International Energy Agency predicts that 310 GW of wind power sources, including 80 GW offshore, would need to be added to the global energy mix each year for the world achieves carbon neutrality by mid-2020. century.
“We are delighted to collaborate with ABB on our new flagship WTIVs. ABB’s proven track record and experience in delivering technology solutions for the maritime industry and, in particular, the sustainable offshore wind vessel segment was the deciding factor in this project,” said Francesco Bellusci, Managing Director , Eneti Inc.
“This contract confirms once again that our solutions meet the needs of a very demanding market and are recognized for their operational and environmental performance,” said Rune Braastad, Business Line Manager, Marine Systems, ABB Marine & Ports. “The Eneti ‘seal of approval’ recognizes their preference for our sustainable hybrid propulsion technology and their extensive experience with dynamically positioned (DP) vessels, and WTIVs in particular. We look forward to supporting Eneti throughout the project phase of these state-of-the-art vessels and into the next phase of its journey in the offshore wind market.
The capabilities of the new vessels will draw on ABB’s integrated automation, power and electric propulsion systems, including closed ring and closed bus solutions. The improved fault tolerance of the closed-bus DP2 system ensures precise positioning as well as safe and predictable performance during operation. Closed bus solutions are less susceptible to grid disturbances and reduce the risk of power and propulsion loss. They also make better use of the engine while it is running to improve efficiency and support advanced remote diagnostics.
ABB will also integrate an energy storage system, which will reduce fuel consumption, wear and engine operating hours. Battery power improves the operational flexibility of WTIVs by providing “spinning reserve” backup power, “peak shaving” for short-term load variations, regenerative energy recovery, and improved dynamic performance supporting instantaneous power demands.
The new WTIVs will benefit from increased profitability thanks to the higher availability made possible by ABB’s digital solutions. The ABB Ability™ Marine remote diagnostics system reduces the need for on-site service and improves system performance, while ABB Ability™ Octopus – Marine Advisory System provides motion and response prediction, helping vessels optimize their window operational.
ABB offers electrical, digital and connected solutions for the offshore wind segment to improve the safety, efficiency and sustainability of operations.
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