Engineering to reduce energy cost onshore and offshore

SENSEwind is developing a new system for installing and maintaining wind turbines and reducing the cost of wind energy.

The SENSE system installs turbines on both onshore and offshore projects – anywhere – without large cranes or jack up crane vessels. During operation, it can be used in reverse to rapidly exchange complete rotor nacelle assemblies for repair and makes easy work of inspections and maintenance of blades and towers. SENSE equipment is modular, uses standard readily available cranes and vessels, improves safety and reduces technical and programme risks.

SENSE reduces costs across the value chain and throughout project life.

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Larger, Taller,
Further, Deeper

No limit to water depth
or tower height

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Safer,
Quicker

Automated heavy lifts, rapid installation

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Higher
availability

Exchange major
components easily

SEE HOW SENSE WORKS 

ONSHORE

reduces installation costs
reduces operations costs and lost revenue
no special cranes
reduced size of hardstand
no lengthy mobilisation/ demobilisation
allows your project to go higher, more remote

Onshore wind turbine farm

OFFSHORE

reduces installation costs
reduces operations costs and lost revenue
no jack ups
no limit to water depth
less dependence on weather windows
allows your project to go deeper, further offshore

Offshore wind turbine farm

SENSE WORKS

A twelve-month Innovate UK Energy Catalyst study completed in September 2017 confirms the practicality of the innovative SENSE turbine installation and maintenance system. The SENSE installation process has been modelled using data typical of a standard construction vessel when operating in various sea states.

  • SENSE equipment is modular and designed to mount on a standard construction vessel.
  • a simple mechanical interface allows SENSE to be used with any turbine design.
  • automated lifting controls means no human interaction during heavy load transfer operations.
  • SENSE allows rapid turbine installation and major maintenance on tall onshore towers and deep-water offshore sites, including floating foundation technology.
  • SENSE equipment is cheap enough to be retained by a project for use throughout the operational life.

SENSE CAN BE USED ACROSS GLOBAL MARKETS

SENSE reduces costs

A twelve-month Innovate UK Energy Catalyst study confirms a saving of 9% on LCoE for a deep water offshore water site.

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