By Renewable Energy Focus staff

“There are two fundamental drivers behind the decision to collaborate,” says Kjell Eriksson, Director of the Energy Programme in DNV Research and Innovation. “The electrification of both conventional and subsea oil and gas installations, and the growth in offshore wind energy. Both drivers will require new solutions in relation to offshore power transmission.”

Dan Wikstrøm, President of STRI, adds: “Providing megawatts of power to subsea installations, as well as building future offshore DC-grids, will require new ways of combining electrical engineering with offshore engineering and risk management. With this in mind, the joint service offering from STRI and DNV gives us the opportunity to offer integrated solutions to our customers and meet the growing demand in the market place.”

With the 40 GW of offshore wind that could be installed in the North Sea under the EU’s 2020 renewable energy target, €11-28 billion of investment in the transmission grid will be needed, DNV says.