K2 to build offshore database for US

The US Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has selected K2 Management of Denmark to build a global installation database for offshore wind.

The objective is to provide NREL and the emerging US offshore wind industry with easy accessible data on installation times, correlation effects, implications and processes to secure use of best practices, and to avoid delays and cost overruns on planned projects.

K2 Management has begun the project and work is scheduled for completion in mid-July 2014.

The company says its staff has been directly involved with more than half of the 62 offshore wind farms commissioned globally.

The US offshore wind industry has finally turned the corner after more than a decade of delays with two projects expected to be in operation before President Barack Obama leaves office in January 2017. These are Energy Management Inc.’s Cape Wind, off Massachusetts, and Deepwater Wind’s five-turbine, 30MW Block Island pilot off Rhode Island.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), a US Interior Department agency, is opening up broad swathes of federal Atlantic waters to offshore development along the east coast.