As a direct successor of NSR Interreg IIIB's POWER project, POWER cluster is centred on the development of a strong Offshore Wind Industry (OWI) cluster in the NSR. Core activities include a strengthened stakeholder and business-to-business network, energy grid reinforcement across the NSR, developed skills training courses (including higher education and addressing unemployment) and raising acceptance among the wider public as a basis for wider roll-out of wind energy installations.
01/07/2008 - 30/06/2011
1 - Building on our Capacity for Innovation
Area of Intervention
1.2 Building the transnational dimension of clusters and research and innovation networks
Total Eligible Budget
BIS Bremerhavener Gesellschaft für Investitionsförderung und Stadtentwicklung mbH, Germany Mathias Grabs email@example.com Tel: +49 (0)471 946 46 741
BIS Bremerhavener Gesellschaft für Investitionsförderung und Stadtentwicklung mbH
Senator für Umwelt, Bau, Verkehr und Europa des Landes Bremen (SUBVE)
Hochschule Bremerhaven (HS BHV)
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg (UNI OL)
Stiftung Offshore Windenergie (SOW)
Landesregierung Schleswig- Holstein, Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Verkehr (WIMI SH)
Wirtschaftsakademie Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (WAK)
Berufliche Schule für Technik
Suffolk County Council Environment & Transport (SCC)
East of England Energy Group (EEEGr)
Northumberland College (NC)
South Denmark European Office (SDEO)
Offshore Center Danmark (OCD)
Aalborg Universiteit Department of Civil Engineering (AAU)
Technische Universiteit Delft, Section Wind Energy, Faculty LR (TUD)
Greater Stavanger (GS)
Chalmers University of Technology, Dept. of Energy + Environment, Div. of Electric Power Eng. (CHA)
Öckerö kommun (ÖCK)
Background and Aim
Aim By connecting different sectors and different levels of government and administration, POWER cluster will establish a sustainable offshore wind cluster. Innovation and learning within the cluster will be enhanced. The combined parts of the supply chain will allow wider economic development to take place through a series of multiplier effects in income, employment, research and productivity performance.
The main aims are to make the NSR:
a better place to live in, by reducing emissions and securing energy supply, as well as informing people and raising awareness about the positive impacts of offshore wind energy (including environmental concerns and job creation effects),
a better place to work in, by tackling the impacts of demographic change in the different regions, reintegrating unemployed and/or senior labour force, securing and creating jobs in areas in industrial decline and restructuring,
a better place to invest in and export from, by stimulating the growth of the offshore wind industry, which will support maintaining its world leading role in this future oriented and innovative sector, triggering inward and outward investments.
Background The offshore wind industry (OWI) is at a turning point, with the first large scale offshore wind farms (OWF) being built over the next years. However, the industry still has to overcome substantial challenges to meet the ambitious targets for offshore wind set at national/EU levels.
The regions have varied settings, due to their diverse domestic wind markets, and are characterized by individual strengths and weaknesses. Whilst no individual region can demonstrate excellence in every aspect of the supply chain, together, the individual regions have full capability throughout all identifiable supply chain activities.
There is a clear benefit of establishing a real offshore wind POWER cluster with close relationships between the companies in the different regions, both for the economic regeneration of the involved regions, and for confirming the NSR as the global engine for the OWI. The consortium seeks to promote the coherence of policies and is aiming to establish standard-setting approaches, as the regions have common concerns and shared interests that can be tackled by joint solutions.
The partnership aims to tackle the crucial challenges (skilled work force, supply chain enhancement, public acceptance and transnational complementarity) by cooperation beyond borderlines and sector barriers. The project seeks to develop cooperation between individual countries in order to take advantage of future growth in offshore wind and identifying future markets. It will strengthen the position of the NSR as a sector leader not just for Europe, but globally, based on detailed analysis of the regional and transnational supply chain.
Results of the POWER cluster project:
Within the POWER cluster project the exhibition “Fascination Offshore” was organized to raise the awareness for offshore wind energy among a wide public audience,
Two major studies were conducted within the framework of the project which a) compiled experiences, challenges and recommendations with regard to the Offshore Wind Energy sector in the NSR (“State of the Offshore Wind Industry in Northern Europe – Lessons learnt in the First Decade” - Ecofys study) and b) presented relevant lessons to be learnt from the oil and gas industry (“Overcoming Challenges for the Offshore Wind Industry and Learning from the Oil and Gas Industry”),
Innovative databases were developed for raising social acceptance and providing information about the capabilities of companies related to the OWE: Web-based OWF site selection tool (WebSDSS training tool) / Interactive OWE cluster map for the NSR (POWER cluster “Mapergy”),
A series of OWE communities events and Business-to-Business network events were organized to arrange new business contacts and contracts (e.g. German mayors conference; Offshore Renewable Energies – regional partnership roundtable event and workshop),
Due to the participation of different educational institutions, POWER cluster contributed to skills development for people in charge of the OWE sector (e.g. Compendium in Maintenance),
With regard to the organization of the mid-term and the final conference, POWER cluster provided a platform for transnational knowledge exchange and networking as well as the dissemination of actual data and experiences regarding the OWE branch.
A more detailed list of the outputs is available in the document section of the project. Moreover you will find the source documents relating to the described outputs.
April - September 2011
October 2010 - March 2011
During the course of the project, a North Sea Grid study has been undertaken to evaluate if it is technically feasible to create a common European grid and what the implications of it would be on the electricity markets in different European countries. The study demonstrated that integration of the North Sea Grid would not significantly affect the stability of power systems in different countries. The full study will be completed by the end of June 2011. In addition, a study on economic effects of large amount of offshore wind power on the power market in Europe has been carried out. The result show that wind power in the North Sea would help to reduce the total generation costs in the system and increase the power exchange between countries. Finally, the PowerCluster MapEnergy has been implemented. The MapEnergy is an interactive web based database to show companies involved or with the capability to be involved in the offshore wind industry.
The Secretariat has noted that the jury for the RegioStars 2011 Awards has chosen the PowerCluster project as a RegioStars 2011 finalist.
April - September 2010
Core activities for this reporting round included a strengthened stakeholder and business-to-business network. The 5th Transnational meeting took place in Kiel and Husum, Germany, 21-23 September 2010. This meeting was organised alongside the HUSUM Wind Energy conference, 21-25 September 2010). It resulted in an energy grid reinforcement across the NSR (which now has been completed).
A study looking at offshore transmission grid economics is underway and will be completed prior to 30 June 2011. Finally, continous implementation of the Master course for wind energy techniques attracted a large number of foreign students (30% of foreign students).
October 2009 - March 2010
The transnational study on grid issues is well underway and should be completed during the next reporting period. For example, thought the ENTSO-E (European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity), Chalmers University of Technology developed the effects of off-shore wind power from the North Sea on e.g. market price, power trading and transmission capacity. This will contribute towards the research regarding the European super grid. CHA has also contributed to the work with mapping the industries that have products suitable to be used in the offshore wind application. AAU in cooperation with CHA have followed the work, the modelling of the existing grids is now connected. Moreover, a Master study course