June 28 (Renewables Now) - Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) and Maersk Supply Service today announced a partnership to lower logistics and installation costs for wind turbines as they are getting ever larger.
The Danish wind turbine manufacturer and its compatriot provider of vessels for the offshore energy industry said they will jointly develop solutions and next-generation technology to address challenges in the wind energy industry linked to logistics, installation and service.
The initial project of the partnership is the development of a crane solution, called Vertical Installer, for both onshore and offshore wind turbines that they said could significantly reduce the cost of installation.
The project, which has received DKK 47 million (USD 7.3m/EUR 6.3m) for the next three years from a programme of the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate, has been initiated by Maersk Supply Service, while Vestas and MHI Vestas Offshore Wind are providing the needed industry insight and access to onshore and offshore test facilities.
"The partnership with Maersk Supply Service will significantly improve and expand Vestas' existing market-leading capabilities for advanced installation and logistics solutions," said Bo Svoldgaard, senior vice president for innovation and concepts at Vestas.
"This is an exciting step for Maersk Supply Service and a great example of how our marine knowledge and versatile fleet can be leveraged in new industries," commented Maersk Supply Service chief executive Steen S Karstensen.
(DKK 1 = USD 0.155/EUR 0.134)