The POWER cluster partnership wants to tackle crucial challenges for the further roll out of offshore wind technology in Northern Europe by cooperating beyond borderlines and sector barriers. Furthermore the POWER cluster project seeks to develop cooperation between individual countries in order to take advantage of future growth in offshore wind and identifying future markets.
The overall project aims at implementing a transnational offshore wind energy cluster in the North Sea region. In that respect the POWER cluster project will contribute to insure that the North Sea Region remains world leading in offshore wind energy.
The POWER cluster partnership builds on the previous POWER (Pushing Offshore Wind Energy Regions) project. The partnership is therefore able to draw on a huge range of expertise – not only in offshore wind energy, but also in oil and gas and other related marine sectors.
This will allow POWER cluster to develop comprehensive approaches to meet the strategic challenges of the offshore wind energy industry in the North Sea Region and make the region a better place to live, work and invest in.
Chalmers is working mainly with the task of WP3:
There is and will be a lack of wind energy educated people. This is valid for all kind of personnel from service technicians to master/Phd-level. In several of the countries around the North Sea there are very few or none courses that deal with wind power and especially offshore wind power. The WP3 will adapt and prepare the skills and qualifications of the NSR workforce to the needs of OWE industry.
The specific objectives of WP 3 are to tackle the problem of missing specialists (e.g. technicians and engineers). Promote career paths & opportunities to young employees, pupils and students. Develop new career paths to OWE (academic and vocational level). And to investigate the available educations and courses regarding OWE and develop new courses where they are needed.
Chalmers are mainly involved in the following tasks:
Specific WP3 objective
* Developing strategies to tackle workforce shortages due to demographic change transformation and migration
* Broadening the range of further and higher education opportunities, including modules for BSc and/or MSc programmes
* Raising the awareness of offshore wind energy careers among teachers and students
* Addressing the shortage of technicians and common training standards
* Promoting qualification pathways
Realising the potential of off-shore wind power – implications for the formation of capabilities in firms and in the higher educational sector
Within the next four decades, the European power sector needs to be largely decarbonised. Off shore wind power in the North Sea has the potential to contribute greatly to this very large scale industrial transformation process. As with all such transformation processes (e.g. the recent three decades of development of the development and diffusion of electronics), the formation of capabilities is a key dimension. Without specialized capabilities provided in adequate quantities and in a timely fashion, we simply can’t expect a transformation to unfold. The objective of this sub-project is to assess the volume and content of the required capabilities and to compare those with the current capacity of the higher educational sector to deliver these. Implications will be drawn for both the higher educational sector and for the business community.
Identification and Evaluation of Grid Reinforcement/Investment of the North Sea Grid.
The North Sea grid capabilities to cater for the evolving offshore wind energy load has been identified previously as a key challenge for the offshore wind industry. WP2 will conduct a study on grid issues. This study will have close linkages to aspects analysed within the “Offshore Wind Challenges and learning from the oil and gas industry” study.
Ola Carlson, Staffan Jacobsson, Anh Tuan Le, Hans-Erik Emanuelsson, Kersti Karltorp