Offshore Standards

Developing Standards for the Offshore Wind Industry

7 December 2017. Over the past month the AWEA Offshore Wind Subcommittee Working Group Chairs drafted five scope of work documents. The AWEA Offshore Wind Subcommittee OWTAP submitted five scope of work documents to the AWEA Wind Standards Committee on December 7 to be reviewed by January 11 2018. The OWTAP agreed upon the formation of five working groups: AWEA OCRP Maintenance, Met-ocean, Geotechnical and Geophysical, Floating, and Cable Risk.

23 October 2017. The OWTAP had its first official meeting in New York on 23 October during which members of the OWTAP volunteered to serve as the working group chairs. The Scope of Work documents posted on the AWEA WSC web site where WSC members can review the documents and submit a vote and comments on the scope of work.

Let us know if you have questions and/or would like to participate.

1 October 2017. On Tuesday 26 September the Business Network for Offshore Wind hosted a webinar, which was led by Walt Musial – Principal Engineer at NREL. The meeting was designed to inform parties of industry plans to create national standards for offshore wind, to describe methods for industry involvement and to determine levels of interest. It was NOT an official meeting of the AWEA Wind Standards Committee or of the AWEA Offshore Wind Technical Advisory Panel.

This webinar instead marks the beginning of a three year process the objective of which is to complete the development of a comprehensive set of consensus-based guidelines and standards to guide the safe and orderly deployment of offshore wind energy and that accounts for the unique offshore conditions on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf and state waterways.

The slides presented during that webinar are included at the end of this post as well as a summary of the Q&A which followed them. The slides provides background reference documents, hierarchy for standards developments, responsible bodies, timelines etc..

Key points to note: the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is the top-level body responsible for U.S. standards and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) will serve as an administrator, to ANSI, of activities related to development of the standards (Slide 18). AWEA has established the Offshore Wind Technical Advisory Panel (OWTAP) which will establish four working groups (AWEA OCRP 2012 Upgrade, Geotechnical Data Guideline, Metocean Data Guideline and Floating Wind Turbine Compliance Roadmap) that will develop the relevant standards. The Maryland-based Business Network for Offshore Wind is lending ‘support’ to OWTAP. These various relationships are summarised on Slide 14.

Also of note is the timeline (Slide 19). OWTAP is not yet even fully formed. However there will be an OWTAP Planning Meeting on Monday 23 October in NYC – the day before the start of the AWEA Offshore Conference. The four working groups will be organised and formed between November 2017 and April 2018. Working group kick-off meetings will take place on 3 April 2018 in Princeton, New Jersey at the 2018 International Partnering Forum annual conference.

The development of Offshore Standards raises some key questions about the level and degree of Danish involvement especially given our extensive experience in Europe. If we want to be involved then it appears we will have to direct those efforts through AWEA i.e. through existing companies such as MHI Vestas, Siemens Gamesa and Ørsted. One for discussion..

Although this is an AWEA-led initiative, the contact given in the NREL presentation (Slide 20) as the ‘Working Group Coordinator and Researcher’ is Elizabeth Barminski from the Business Network for Offshore Wind.

Offshore Standards webinar – Slides

Offshore Standards webinar – Questions and Answers