IMarEST and the ORSIG, working in partnership with Fugro, conducted an investigation on global attitudes of engineers towards operations and maintenance in the offshore renewables energy sector. Based on an industry survey, a new report has been published discussing key issues related to skills, technology, data, and health, safety and environment.
The role of offshore renewables is critical in the energy transition, and in delivering the national commitments to reduce emissions that are being made as part of the green build-back in a post-Covid world and ahead of COP26. Offshore renewables is moving forward at an exciting pace, with larger wind turbines and floating offshore wind moving to a commercial scale. The tidal and wave markets are developing and provide attractive options in some geographies, showing promise of commercialisation. Looking beyond the challenge of delivering the expected 234 GW of offshore wind by 2030 (Global Wind Energy Council Annual Report 2020), the operators and supply chain need to consider how to cost effectively operate and maintain the installed capacity.