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Cyclone and earthquake project launched

Certification body DNV GL has launched a new joint industry project to develop new guidelines for designing offshore wind turbines for markets hit by cyclones and earthquakes.

DNV GL argued that a lack of recommended practice for designing wind turbines to withstand earthquakes and cyclones can cause delays and increase costs (pic credit: NASA)
DNV GL argued that a lack of recommended practice for designing wind turbines to withstand earthquakes and cyclones can cause delays and increase costs (pic credit: NASA)

It hopes that by optimising methods for designing wind turbines with demands of markets such as Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and some parts of the US, it can help to prevent project delays and reduce costs.

The advisory firm argued that a lack of recommended practice in this field often leads to increased work volume for project developers, turbine manufacturers and designers, and certification bodies.

This can cause delays and, therefore, increase costs.

A common set of guidelines created through the Alleviating Cyclone and Earthquake Challenges for Wind Farms joint industry project (ACE JIP) would also bring more transparency and reduce uncertainty in turbine design, DNV GL claimed.

It is now seeking partners to take part in the JIP.

"All industry stakeholders acting in emerging markets in the Asia Pacific region and the US will benefit from the ACE project as it will help to minimise cost, warranty and liability risks and optimise wind turbine design for seismic and typhoon conditions," said Kim Mørk, DNV GL’s executive vice president for renewables certification.

"As the focus area for this joint industry project was developed mutually with different wind industry stakeholders, the feedback during the initiating phase has already emphasised the necessity of aligning the industry in this area," Mørk added.

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