- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,507,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Offshore Wind: A Comprehensive Guide to Successful Offshore Wind Farm Installation Hardcover – 16 Nov 2011
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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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