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On the 20th of February 2008, a client seminar was held about dealing with the risks in offshore wind farms at the SGS Wind Energy Competence Centre in Hamburg, Germany.

The conference leader was SGS’s Wind Energy Global Director Jan Ibso, 24 participants and five speakers attended the event at the Hyatt Hotel in Hamburg.

The focus of the seminar was to showcase SGS’s competences in Wind Energy and why certification is even more necessary for offshore versus onshore wind farms. During the one day seminar, five speakers reviewed many of the risks of wind projects.

“Is there a right technology for a wind turbine?” The meeting started with this question and the aim was to find out the answer at the end of the day.

SGS’s Technical Manager of Industrial Services, Dirk Steinkraus, started the seminar with explaining the internal and external VISION of the Wind Energy business.
SGS Wind Energy Expert, Thomas Dalgaard described certain issues on site conditions, designs, technology aspects as well as different turbine concepts. He also gave an inside view about project contract structures and its benefits.

We were pleased to gain Dolf Elsevier v. Griethuysen, board member of the European Wind Energy Association, as a speaker. Griethuysen presented a successful offshore project in Egmond aan Zee. A risk and disciplines matrix was one of the well discussed points of his speech.

Dr. Jan Ibso, SGS Wind Energy Global Director discussed the main parameters of moving wind farms offshore and the need for site specific designs with the participants. Components like the foundation are completely different than those found on onshore wind turbines and the affects of environmental factors like salt and sand are very critical. The audience learned how using less expensive materials for key components of the wind turbine can influence its performance and its down time.

The final speaker was Strange Skriver, Danish Technical Engineer. Strange has more than 20 years of experience in Wind Turbine Design. His speech focused on failures concerning gearboxes, bearings and the various difficulties regarding wind turbine blade materials. Several photos were presented showing the attendees why it is important to verify and observe each single manufactured component.

For more information about SGS Wind Energy Services visit www.sgs.com/wind  or contact our Wind Energy Competence Center direct:

Dr. Jan Behrendt Ibso
Global Director, SGS Wind Energy

SGS Competence Centre Wind Energy
Raboisen 28, 20095 Hamburg
t: +49 (0) 40 30 101 236
f: +49 (0) 40 30 101 936

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The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognised as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With more than 50'000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1’000 offices and laboratories around the world.