Offshore Wind Denmark launches a new initiative to improve the competitiveness in the Danish offshore wind sector. Innovation groups will push developments, where companies in the offshore industry can meet and cooperatively develop new commercial and technical solution.
“The innovation initiative is aimed at all companies affiliated with offshore wind energy in Denmark. This means that the initiative also comprises foreign companies with a department in Denmark. The initiative is wide in scope to include a broad array of stakeholders across the entire value chain, and it is an offer to the offshore sector to strengthen its competitiveness through innovation and business development”, explains Chief Operating Officer at the Danish Wind Industry Association, Jakob Lau Holst.
The initiative builds on the idea that offshore companies can advance by sharing knowledge and expertise about common challenges, ultimately benefitting the offshore sector as a whole.
“The Danish wind industry has a unique approach to business development. It is considered an advantage to share our common issues and challenges with other companies in the industry and listen to shared input and solutions. This way, we raise the bar for innovation, and work processes, standards and products are optimised. Companies with many years in the wind sector can take advantage of new input and new eyes on the challenges from newer companies in the offshore sector – and vice versa,” says Jakob Lau Holst.
Open and closed innovation groups
Two tracks lead to development of new ready-to-implement solutions, which means that companies have a choice of discussing their issues in either a closed or an open innovation group.
“The goal of the diverse innovation groups can be completely different, for instance to create common processes, standards or new commercial solutions. Throughout the process it is important to ensure mutual efforts and trust between the companies. Offshore Wind Denmark assists with this process as a neutral facilitator, explains Business Developer at Offshore Wind Denmark, Johan Winther.
About Offshore Wind Denmark
Offshore Wind Denmark is a joint initiative between the Danish Wind Industry Association and Offshoreenergy.dk funded by growth forum of Southern Denmark. The project runs until end of 2016.