Sennen, a technology company that develops highly specialised software for the renewables industry, has won £112,000 in grant funding to create new digital tools that will support the construction of offshore wind farms.
The funding, which was awarded by the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP), enables Sennen to expand its functionality beyond operations and maintenance, equipping operators with a single system that allows them to transition seamlessly from construction to the O&M phase. The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) forecasts 235GW of new offshore wind capacity will be installed over the next decade. That is seven times bigger than the current market size. The scale of growth needed to achieve this is a huge challenge for the industry, and digital systems with a track record of proven time and cost savings will be essential to delivery.
Paul Grimshaw, chief technology officer and co-founder at Sennen, said: "We have been focused to date on creating digital game changing solutions for the operations of wind farms but we know that safe and efficient management of works during the construction phase is a key challenge. Handover from construction to operations is a significant and complex milestone in the lifecycle of an offshore wind farm. Providing operators with a single system that bridges this transition will be invaluable, ensuring no loss or duplication of data and removing the pain points of changing systems at a critical moment."
Construction operators, in the main, currently use a disparate set of tools including traditional marine coordination systems, metocean data services, scada-monitoring and stand-alone systems for work planning and safety management. The many interfaces between all these tools leaves a lot of work to be done manually and makes the process unwieldy and inefficient. Sennen offers a sophisticated alternative that reduces risk and delivers significant cost savings.
Claire Canning, OWGP Programme Manager said "We are delighted to continue our support for Sennen through this latest funding round. Since first securing OWGP funding in 2020, Sennen has demonstrated significant impact in offshore wind operations, securing major contracts both in the UK and overseas. Expanding their capability to support and de-risk offshore wind construction is not only a game-changer for the industry but demonstrates ambition for further growth and direct alignment with OWGP KPIs."
Paul added: "We are excited to be expanding the role we play in digitising the sector, and helping to accelerate the clean energy transition. We share our customers' mission to maximise renewable energy generation and we flex our system to their needs, and this new functionality is just one example of this in action."
The total cost of developing this new application will be in the region of £225,000 and it will be available from mid 2023.
The Sennen team has decades of industry experience, working with market-leading operators, both on and offshore. Clients include London Array, EDF Renewables and Foresight Group.
Sennen is a technology company that is driving transformation in the renewables sector. Using our cloud-based, modular platform, clients can digitise and automate their operations to overcome the complexities of operating at scale. Our technology delivers unrivalled data insights that underpin sound decision-making, and increase safety and efficiency.
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