Are the ‘mega-projects’ of offshore- scale turbines located onshore, realistic – and how would we set about delivering them?
It may seem impossible but there are ways of addressing the real challenges to be faced including landscape and visual concerns, lighting requirements and constraints and of the realities of transporting such massive structures to site.
Landscape, Visuals and Lighting
It is worth considering landscape and visuals from the outset through researching local guidance and harmonising your findings with effective use of industry standard desktop visualisation tools.
The next step is to hold preliminary, ideally informal, discussions with key stakeholders; be ready to answer likely concerns:
Will the machines dominate the community?
Is the area designated, if so for what?
Consider aviation lighting issues early and refer to the most recent guidance. Follow this up with discussions with candidate turbine manufacturers; the more agile of whom may already be working on timely solutions.
Accessing the Site
How to access sites along small winding roads is worth thinking about early. Sometimes innovative solutions emerge, and it may be the case that large strategically-located sites – which these larger machine sites invariably are – provide enough incentive for the developer to tackle the problem.
“With an experienced view, some creative thinking and knowledge of innovation, issues such as these can and are being tackled – turbines with tip heights of up to 240 metres are already starting to appear in planning applications in the UK.”
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-Global training focusing on de-risking offshore wind; Strategic portfolio troubleshooting for offshore wind and; Business development and bid management for offshore supply chain (including hydrogen).
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Senior Project Manager for a leading renewable energy specialists’ company
Management and stakeholder engagement of 1.6GW of nationally significant projects incorporating battery and solar technologies
Communications and reputation management for cleantech sector; represented a company at meetings of the parliamentary select committee for energy.
Advised on conceptual planning for French offshore wind farms by utilising knowledge of recent advances in offshore construction to identify operational expenditure reductions of up to 20%.
Managing the construction of £10m wind power project – built on time and to budget; successful energisation led to a 33% increase in share value.
Gained investment of £12 million for a wind farm project from a large electric utility company. Managed stakeholders throughout the consenting process for major infrastructure projects.
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