In October 2020, the Offshore Wind Industry Council published the “Collaborating for Growth-Playbook” which highlights opportunities for US & UK companies to become part of the fast-growing global offshore wind supply chain. 

While this page will evolve overtime, it is our intent to provide a “how to” set of materials to aid our regional manufacturers and service providers who believe they have the capabilities, products, and workforce to enter and compete in the OSW supply chain. This section will provide case studies showing how businesses in the UK and Europe have successfully up-skilled staff, modified their production lines, and enhanced or created totally new products. The following is simply a way of thinking about how best to identify problems/opportunities and move forward solutions. Actual detailed case studies will follow soon. 

Section A

Collaborating for Growth

Developer Led

Summary

Creating Closer alignment between offshore wind developers and US supply chain.

Aim

Increased competitiveness of the US supply chain in US projects.

Delivery

Strand A is delivered by US offshore wind project developers.

Outputs

  • Better informed supply chain regarding developer requirements.
  • Improved supply chain company business plans.
  • Bilateral projects between developers and supply chain companies.

Section B

Business Competitiveness

NYSERDA Led

Summary

Creating closer alignment between offshore wind developers and US Supply chain.

Aim

Improved operational efficiency and quality of US supply chain to enable in both US and global markets. 

Delivery

ORE Catapult will work with a network of delivery partners and specialist advisors to provide direct support to companies.

Outputs

  • Introductory level – business support e.g.F40R
  • Advanced level – specialist advisory services
  • Demonstration – small-scale trials of new operations

Case Study

Section B

Company B fabricates secondary steel for oil and gas substructures. The fall in the oil price resulted in sharp reduction in contracts and Company B has started to diversify into secondary steel for the offshore wind sector. While winning some contracts, Company B has struggled to expand as competition has increased and it has been unable to adapt to serial processes required to be competitive in offshore wind. 

The OWGP leads company B through a review process that considers fabrication and port facilities, organizational structure, fabrication processes and people development.

Specialists from several of the delivery partners coordinate the review process, working hand in hand with Company B’s leadership team to identify opportunities to improve competitiveness. 

Having identified the potential gains from a new welding process, a pilot program is established to demonstrate the new technique and how it could be applied to Company B’s production line. The pilot demonstrates that the process meets the design codes, helps protect the IP and establishes the business case for further investment. 

Section C

Building New Capacity

Summary

Increasing the breadth of the US supply chain by attracting cross sector engagement and enabling new entrants to join sector. 

Aim

Expanded supply chain with new companies entering the market. 

Delivery

“ORE Catapult” will manage Strand C with support from other sector supply chain organizations and growth partnerships. 

Activities

  • Strategic Capability Assessment
  • Cross Sector engagement program
  • Analysis of barriers to entry
  • Support for new entrants 

Outputs

  • New entrants from oil and gas, aerospace, automotive, energy systems, and related sectors. 

Case Study

Section C

Case Study – Example of possible support activity, Company C designs and manufactures compact power converters for the defense sector. Company C considers developing its range of products to enter the offshore wind sector but finds the market difficult to understand and not large enough for a bespoke product. 

The OWGP could provide support to revisit the market analysis and provided clear requirements for next generation turbines.

The OWGP could provide support to revisit the market analysis and provided clear requirements for next generation turbines. The OWGP could convene workshops with input from one or more turbines OEMs to examine novel technologies and how they could be integrated with future designs. This would provide Company C with the confidence that their expertise could compete successfully addressing the New York and potentially global market. 

Section D

Supply Chain Futures

Summary

Develop the next generation of US product and services to ensure domestic companies remain in a position to excel within our local and state economy.

Aim

Increased opportunities with new products and services entering the market. 

Delivery

The technology roadmaps developed by the Offshore Wind Innovation Hub (OWIH) will be used to identify the high potential areas of new technology and supply chain services. It will provide mentoring services, IP management, access to technical skills and market connectivity to help companies to create product development  plans to expand and future-proof their product range. Particular focus will be applied to requirements gathered from global markets to identify specific challenges us US companies could address. 

Activities

  • Supporting companies with product development planning
  • Identification of challenges from new global markers
  • Export led challenge program

Outputs

  • New global market success for US products and services
  • VC funding brought into high growth innovation companies.

Case Study

Section D

Company D is developing a IoT communications platform for autonomous robotics. The technology builds on lessons from the space and mining sectors to provide control and data transfer in harsh environments with failsafe systems to safeguard assets. This is an enabling technology that requires standards to be agreed to and commitments made from multiple developers to facilitate widespread uptake. 

 The OWGP has identified autonomous inspection as a key industry challenge and communications and control as specifics components requiring solutions. 

Company D responds to the innovation challenge and support from the OWGP enables requirements to be gathered from end-users. OWGP supports the development of a standard with approval from developer partners and a demonstration project is used to provide confidence to developers that the IoT comms platform should be adopted for all new projects in the US. IP is protected and the success of deployment and ownership of the standards in the US leads to global export contracts.