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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Elsevier (16 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123859360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123859365
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"Intended as an essential reference, this book adopts the style of an in-depth technical seminar, discussing the major milestones of an offshore wind project, highlighting planning considerations, providing guidelines for anticipating potential difficulties, and sharing expert advice on solving challenges in the most efficient and safe way possible. The intention of the book is to create a robust basis for understanding the offshore wind farm industry. The author expresses the hope that, after having read the book, the reader will have an in-depth understanding of the offshore wind farm industry. The book is intended to help the reader make informed decisions on how to map out the main planning and execution route for an offshore wind farm project."--Mechanical Engineering Magazine, June 2012

About the Author

Kurt E. Thomsen is the Founder and Managing Director of Advanced Offshore Solutions ApS. The company is focused on supplying consultancy services to the offshore wind farm industry exclusively, with the primary focus on transport and logistical solutions, design, build and operation of offshore windfarm installation vessels. Current clients include Credit Suisse, Eon, DONG Energy, MTHøjgaard, Statoil Hydro, Energie Baden Wurttemberg, Gamesa and many other major stakeholders in the offshore wind industry. The services provided by the company include development and implementation of methods, rules and guidelines for offshore wind farm work, setup and execution of the installation process for offshore projects, validation of equipment and auditing of same, contract negotiations and implementation of same to projects as well as development of new installation methods and vessels for the abovementioned companies in order to execute their project portfolio.

Prior to establishing Advanced Offshore Solutions in 2006, Mr. Thomsen was Business Development Manager for the company A2SEA A/S, a company originally started by Kurt E. Thomsen himself in 2000. A2SEA A/S, is a privately held company specializing in delivering transport, logistical solutions as well as installation vessels for the offshore wind industry. The basis of the company is a patent for a semi jacking installation vessel, originally designed and patented by Kurt E. Thomsen. Before this, Mr. Thomsen was the owner and founder of Danish Crane consultants, a company specializing in solutions for the heavy lift industry on as well as offshore. He ran this company for 5 years before merging it into A2SEA A/S. Mr. Thomsen started his career in the shipyard of Frederica Denmark and worked for 15 years with docking and lifting assignments for the yard first as a crane operator since as a lifting supervisor.

Mr. Thomsen received his Bsc. in architecture and construction from the Via University in Horsens Denmark in 1990. He has a leadership diploma from Århus Business Academy, Bachelors degree in Strategic Management, Lean Master. He is a qualified crane operator, assessor and crane specialist (According to Danish HSE rules it requires specialist knowledge to validate the use of cranes and lifting equipment, this requires diplomas in engineering, nondestructive testing and a minimum requirement of 10 years of relevant experience).

Kurt E. Thomsen is based in Århus Denmark.

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maybe it is not the ideal book for my study but it is a fairly good book covering many aspects of offshore wind project
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not so comprehensive, but a superb guide for beginners 26 April 2012
By Jose Cordovilla - Published on Amazon.com
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I have only just started in the field of offshore wind, having worked previously in other infrastructure fields as a consultant.
I have found this book very useful as a first dive exercise. Excellent review of the fundamental regulatory frameworks, supply chain issues and overall, lessons learnt about planning and installation.
The structure could be improved, sometimes I felt I did not know which chapter of the book I was at, especially in the early parts. Do not expect a comprehensive review of the science, engineering and technology principles underlaying offshore wind farm projects. Rather, it is the project manager's view of all the subjects.
Very satisfied with the purchase, certainly worth the price of the kindle version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big reference book on wind power with examples 24 Feb. 2012
By Joanna D. - Published on Amazon.com
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I spend a lot of time discussing alternative energy with people for various reasons (professional and personal.) One topic comes up all the time here in Delaware; wind power. Finally, I have a resource to point people to go read that discusses many of the issues of wind power that make for a complex topic. I've been aware of environmental issues for this power method for quite some time; for example the first installations in northern Germany went onto farms, but it was found that light flickering through the blades made the wind turbines an unpleasant neighbor near houses. Meanwhile, here in the US, we are on a major bird migration route in the Delaware Bay. Despite the alluring fact that the bay is windy, what is the impact of installing a water wind farm on the wildlife?

This book covers the topics of environmental impact as well as how to implement such a project with examples from the UK and Germany. In Germany (as I alluded to in the last paragraph) wind power has been used for quite some time--decades. These days, wind turbines are frequently found in landfills, but offshore wind is still being analyzed, and the studies are discussed in this book. Issues such as permits, maintenance, training personnel, QA/QC and installation methods are included.

This book has much information from actual wind projects, and I think it's a must-read for anyone interested in the technology. I admit to being both attracted to windpower (the source is, in essence, free and in some areas, almost constant) and at the same time, it has inherent inefficiencies, environmental and maintenance issues that make it less the "free lunch" that some would think wind power could be. If you are on a citizen's study committee or any political body in your area that is considering wind power projects, you should read this book and give a copy to anyone on a committee that is studying feasibility.
4.0 out of 5 stars Offshore Wind: A Comprehensive And Accessible Planning Guide 22 April 2012
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
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Offshore Wind: A Comprehensive Guide to Successful Offshore Wind Farm Installation is a great guide to offshore wind (OSW) farm installation. This book's greatest strength is that it uses plain language to shed light on a subject that is potentially complicated. It does not cover everything. Some topics, like the design and installation of foundation systems to anchor offshore wind farms, are specifically excluded as out-of-scope. Others are presumed to be too specialized, like the chemical impact of salt water on wind turbines, foundations and supporting infrastructure. But what this book does include is well covered.

The guide begins with an overview of wind farm basics, including turbine components, foundation types and installation options. They then cover the regulatory and permitting process for the major markets, focusing on the US, UK & Germany. Contrasting the various markets provides a sobering glimpse into the web of overlapping local and national entities with oversight and regulatory authority.

But this guide goes further, including progressively more detailed sections on planning, organization, preparation and project execution. There is a focus on the health, safety and environmental (HSE) duties, as well as compliance functions. Details are included on how they differ from their onshore counterparts.

In addition to policies and procedures, there are task assignments peppered throughout to correspond with the best management practices. The section on Interface Management covers the hand-offs and interfaces between the various contract parties involved in wind-farm installations. And further sections cover more in depth aspects of the installation process. There is even coverage of maintenance and repair. And environmental issues are covered down to topics as granular as waste management.

CONCLUSION

This guide is a comprehensive in scope, though it doesn't get bogged down in tangential details. It focuses on the essence of the best practices of offshore wind farm installation, operations and maintenance. It is extremely practical and can be used by students and public policy proponents alike. Those tasked with managing such a project will also benefit greatly from the best practices documented here, even if this is not meant to be an engineering level guide. I was impressed by how accessible they made this subject. This is a great book, and I recommend it.
3.0 out of 5 stars land-based wind farms are cheaper and safer to make and maintain 23 Feb. 2012
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
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Despite the author's note in the introduction about how he tried to keep an open mind about the techniques discussed in the book, he accepts as an uncontested premise that offshore wind farms are desirable. The pros and cons he refers to concern alternative methods of constructing and maintaining such offshore farms. Fair enough I guess, given his expertise. Be aware that the text does NOT debate the merits of an offshore wind farm versus a land based one. To wit, the costs of both making and maintaining the latter should be lower, for farms generating a similar total wattage. It is easier to move materials on land and to build on that land. Also, when you build offshore, you have to anchor the towers on the seabed, in most cases. Even in shallow water, this is harder than on land. Plus, the presence of water waves on the supports means a greater chance of erosion, which in turn requires heavier stronger supports.

Land wind farms are likely also safer, in both construction and long term maintenance. There are more risks in sending workers out in boats with equipment than on land. Especially in bad weather, or with the chance of the weather worsening when a work crew is out there.

But if you do want to go ahead offshore then the book has merit. It discusses the common major issues likely to arise. Like getting the necessary permitting from the government. And arranging a contracting process. Many of the details of the latter will be familiar to people also working for a large general contractor. For example, there is advice on the farm owner auditing the contractor and in turn the latter auditing the subcontractors.

The author also reminds the reader to be cognisant of the rules of the International Maritime Organisation for marine traffice. There are longstanding regulations developed with the hard experience of centuries that need to be adhered to. Even if the farm is likely not in international waters.

When you read the sections on transporting materials to the offshore site and factors involved, like the maximum wind speed above which construction should stop, then you might appreciate my earlier remarks about land being simpler. Take something like the lifting radius that a crane on a vessel has, to jack and lift an item into place. The vessel itself is moving up and down and longitudinally with the wave actions. Much harder than having a crane on a fixed platform on land.

Look, I'm NOT opposed to trying everything technically feasible to garner alternative energy from as many sources as possible. We (the human race) need a diverse portfolio of methods. So, yes build your offshore wind farms. As the book makes clear, they are indeed technically feasible. But they are likely to always be marginal efforts on a societal scale.
4.0 out of 5 stars good logistical summary 9 Aug. 2012
By Robert W. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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when i saw the title, i thought that this might also go beyond its title, into arguments for offshore wind farming or the benefits of it... this was written by a brilliant man involved in the installation of wind farms off the coast of denmark. it goes into detail about the process, from start to finish, about the construction of a wind farm. as i am a novice, i found that he went into considerable detail; however, given that there are now about 20 million pages of books written about my hero, abe lincoln, the several hundreds pages here on offshore wind farm construction is probably just an excellent but humble beginning on this topic that is sure to grow tremendously in the next 25 years. novices like me will enjoy scanning through this book just to acquire an appreciation for the enormity of this task. professionals may benefit from reading the book, as it summarizes quite adeptly, i think, what is involved in planning and developing such an alternative energy source. this might be a useful book for public libraries, i'd think it would be more useful to university libraries. private purchase by wind farm enthusiast / novices and professions would be recommended. i give everything a grade. my grade on this book is based on its ability to capture my attention, clarity of explanations, ability to explain the complex processes in a manner that could be understood. i give this book a "B-".
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