Japan has the world’s sixth-largest exclusive economic zone, with abundant seabed resources and wind available. This potential is largely unused. Japan wishes to utilise this potential as part of the nation’s growth strategy. Therefore, Japan aims to increase the number of offshore engineers to 10.000 by 2030 to serve a 50 trillion yen market. Currently, only 2.200 offshore engineers work in this sector, because of the shortcoming in knowledge and education in the offshore industry. To realise this increase in engineers, the Ocean Innovation Consortium was launched in 2016, cultivating human resources involved in offshore development. One of the vehicles to address this challange is by providing professional engineering courses. With its experience in Europe and expertise on topics ranging from EPC contracting, transport & logistics, design of windturbine foundations, floating foundations, DOB-Academy is willing to educate and motivate the (young) professionals. Hereby increasing their knowledge and skills in the offshore wind industry
This course has been developed for professionals or academics new in the offshore wind industry and for those who want to increase their understanding and built upon their experience. It is effective for engineers who would like a thorough understanding of the driving principles for the design and execution of wind farms. It is also valuable for managers who would like to strengthen their understanding of the playing field and the key considerations for the engineers.
Specifically, the design course is effective for engineers involved in the early phase of an offshore wind farm, in which the components are selected and the layout is determined based on site characteristics and tender criteria. Furthermore, it is valuable for investors, bankers and executives who wish to gain insights in the influence of design considerations in the feasibility, risk and output of an offshore wind farm.
Specifically, the execution course if effective for engineers, supply chain managers, planning engineers and logistical officers who would like to thoroughly understand the key considerations and associated risks for transporting and installing the components of an offshore wind farm. Furthermore, it is valuable for executives, managers, investors and insurance parties who wish to gain insights in the key risks, cost drivers and limitations governing the execution phase of an offshore wind farm project.
At the DOB-Academy, we believe that the inevitable transition to renewable sources of energy can only be successfully achieved with properly trained and driven people. We believe that with the right tools, we can empower others to make this transition. We are confident that by creating clear and compelling courses, we can empower engineering excellence.
DOB Academy houses its own wind experts, whom are trained to create and give lectures. Our graphical department guarantees a visually compelling story, supported by video and animation designed and produced by our in-house studio. The knowledge that is not available in-house, is acquired by our well spread network in the North Sea area, creating the right environment to experience the world of offshore wind.
Day 1: Design Part I (Course 1)
Background offshore wind
Data collection and processing
Workshop: Site Data
Workshop: Design your own rotor
Workshop: Wind turbine selection
Day 2: Design Part II (Course 1)
Offshore power networks
Workshop: Power network design Introduction to support structure design
Workshop: Monopile optimisation
Floating support structures
Day 3: Execute Part I (Course 2)
European drivers for offshore wind
Wind farm lifecycle
Tendering Components and supply chain
On and offshore transports Ports
Workshop: seafastening Installation logistics
Day 4: Execute Part II (Course 2)
Failures Operation and maintenance
Costs versus income
Project: Project value calculation
Trends and future innovations
- Understanding the rapid growth and development of the offshore wind energy industry.
- Gain a basic understanding of key design parameters in the design of offshore wind turbines and their foundations.
- Understanding how wind is converted into electricity, how this electricity is transported to consumers and how a business case can be built for this.
- Identify the components to be transported and installed and understand how synergies can be created between these components to increase the efficiency of the operation
- Gaining insight into the life cycle of a typical wind farm including design, construction, installation, operation and maintenance
- Understand the need for a well developed maintenance strategy based on a better understanding of failures and comprehend how insurances can help mitigate some of these risks.
- Understand the dynamics of contracts and how these can limit your operation or open up new opportunities
“DOB-Academy has a very good overview of the engineering aspect necessary for offshore WTGs. Japanese engineers are not familiar with it, which makes the courses insightful and suitable for guidance for our start-ups. Furthermore, there is good coverage of what is necessary for offshore WTGs. Not only the engineering aspect, but they also explain contractual aspects, project management tools, and other factors that are necessary when working with European contractors. DOB-Academy’s way of teaching allows every participant to be involved, I really liked the quiz in the beginning of the seminar as well as the group work during it. It allowed the exchanging of ideas with others and offered much inspiration.” – H. Shimizu (Kajima Corporation)
From DOB courses
“Well experienced teachers from Green Giraffe” – Anna Diedrichkeit (Product Mgm. Center of Excellence GE)
“Agenda based on demands of the audience instead of curriculum; very knowledgeable speakers; Dynamic course.” – Michèl Spiering (Tender manager van Oord)
“The course provides valuable insights in the financial aspects of offshore wind energy projects and is delivered in an dynamic and interactive way. I would recommend this course to anyone that wants to increase their understanding of the financial aspects of offshore energy projects.” – Frank Koopman (Director Marine Site Characterisation Fugro)