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Offshore wind

Wind energy has come of age and is now affordable, potent and scalable. Arup is helping clients across America, Europe and Asia to plan and implement offshore wind capacity that will help countries meet their net zero goals. 

James Theobalds

James Theobalds

Global Offshore Wind Leader

Wind energy has come of age and is now affordable, potent and scalable. Arup is helping clients across America, Europe and Asia to plan and implement offshore wind capacity that will help countries meet their net zero goals. 

Arup is shaping offshore wind developments for clients around the world – from the east coast of the US to south-east Asia. Our support spans the full lifecycle, from early feasibility studies to technical reviews, to designing foundations for turbines depending on location, digital asset and performance management tools, applying our industry knowledge as one team.  

Supporting the energy transition

We support offshore wind programmes from start to finish. As well as structural design, we provide initial strategic advice, technical due diligence to investors, and expertise on setting up new business models and asset extension.  

In many areas of the world, offshore wind is still a new industry and only just beginning to scale up, so we’re helping clients to develop strategic alliances within local supply chains and expand into new markets.  

We’re working to build the Australian wind market, supporting developers as they explore opportunities in the market by undertaking feasibility studies. We’re also actively supporting large organisations as they reprioritise their focus to renewable energy, supporting with strategy, change management and more.  

Research is central to our approach and we invest in developing new tools and approaches to support the industry, including new floating wind technologies, self-installing platforms and suction bucket technology – a solution for softer seabed conditions. 

Featured project

East Anglia One

Scottish Power Renewables’ 102-turbine 7MW offshore wind farm will power up to two million homes with affordable, low-carbon and secure energy. We embedded with the client team to support the project from procurement through to operations and maintenance.

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Investing in digital

Digital tools and data modelling are vital to the implementation of offshore wind projects, helping to assess complex factors such as the optimum foundation type for local conditions. We’re working with clients across Asia, where sea bed and weather conditions are a challenge, using digital tools to apply the right solution by assessing foundation designs against geotechnical risks. 
 
As the amount of installed offshore wind capacity around the world increases, optimising existing assets becomes increasingly important. We help operators to drive down operating costs, extend asset life and optimise performance to add value – as well as planning for the decommissioning of the earliest projects as they reach the end of the operation. Learn more about our digital asset management approach.  
 
Building local support for new offshore projects is also key. We work closely with local authorities, supporting them with regulatory and policy advice including consenting and planning. The offshore wind industry also has the potential to be part of the renewable energy production of hydrogen – an emerging energy for road transport.  

Featured project

Japan's first large scale offshore wind farm

Larger turbines and new locations with difficult seabed conditions and weather patterns pose engineering challenges that demand local knowledge. For Japan’s first ever large-scale commercial offshore wind farm at Akita-Noshiro, we worked with local EPC contractors and the local regulators, Class NK, to develop the designs. 

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