About us

OffshoreVäst is a cooperation project which started in 2013 and can be seen as a platform for interaction and innovation. We bring together some of Sweden’s best in the offshore sector with the goal of developing together. By drawing upon the strong industry of Sweden, we are developing an internationally recognized offshore industry in the Swedish west coast area.

OffshoreVäst’s operative activities are performed within the framework of five working areas referred to as work packages or “wp”. The first four work packages deals with technology development, while the fifth (Offshore Academy) brings together the industry and research institutes. The idea behind the four technology-centered work packages is to create several technology-associated development projects that vary in both aim and scope.

All of our work packages focus on different areas of the offshore sector, mainly because of the difference in the current stages of commercialization, but also because the needs differ depending on the offshore segment. Despite this fact, our goal is to create collaboration between the different WPs and develop the industry by mixing different fields of expertise and experiences. 

For more information about each WP, press the menus below:

WP1 Oil and Gas Recovery

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WP1 Oil and Gas Recovery

WP1 aims to make the suppliers in west Sweden and the surrounding areas a firsthand choice, primarily for the Norwegian and British oil and gas industry. 

The high health, safety, sustainability and quality demands in the offshore segment is a serious challenge to the suppliers. The companies and engineers in the field are required to produce and deliver high tech products and services to comply with the demands set by the industry. Swedish suppliers have proven skilled and qualified in fulfilling the requirements but further effort must be made to retain the current top position. 

Projects within WP1 results in the production and delivery of high-quality innovative products and services. Customers enjoy added value in the form of lightweight and energy-smart structures. The outputs also include designs that ensure cost-efficient solutions to oil and gas recovery with a minimal environmental effect.

WP2 Sea-based Energy Production

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WP2 Sea-based Energy Production

Cost efficiency for competitiveness on a global market. The challenge faced by WP2 is to exploit the sustainable power sources of wind and wave energy, while coping with the enormous forces that the installations are exposed to in the
offshore environment.

The focus is the production of electricity from wave power, ocean currents and wind power in a marine environment. To make these power sources competitive in a world where oil, gas and nuclear power have a strong position on the market, it’s crucial to
lower the production cost. 

Energy efficiency is a strong focus for assessments of the products for energy production; an additional focus on cost efficiency per produced unit of energy is needed to compete with the dominating power sources. Such a focus will reduce the investment cost as well as the cost of operating and maintenance. Several OffshoreVäst members have developed products for energy production that have reached the prototype stage and face these challenges. 

To achieve this, WP2 aims to prolong the mechanical life-span and increase the reliability of the products while simultaneously maintaining low manufacturing costs. Design and construction is simplified and smart materials are incorporated when required. 

As far as operating and maintenance conditions are concerned, maintenance in particular needs to be carefully assessed and planned, not only because of the costs incurred by expeditions out to offshore wind farms or other types, but because such trips can be rendered impossible by weather conditions for much of the year. Systems must be developed to monitor loads on critical components, as well as reliable models for forecasting the effects of damage from such detected loads, in order to plan necessary remedial work and when it can be carried out.

WP3 Offshore Wind Power

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WP3 Offshore Wind Power

WP3 aims to promote and develop the Swedish offshore wind power industry while supporting innovations as well as collaborations in the field of offshore wind. 

The wind power business is booming in Europe right now and it’s also starting to show in other parts of the world. Sweden has the knowledge and the experience to become a key player in this field, therefore the main focus of WP3 is to support and spread the word of the Swedish wind power development and its current innovations. WP3 identify and host activities along with other agendas and programs both nationally and internationally. On a national level the work package focuses on the implementation of the strategic innovation agenda, called: ”Vindenergi och elnät till havs – ett industriperspektiv”.

WP4 Marine Bioenergy

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WP4 Marine Bioenergy

WP4 aims to develop the markets of bioenergy while providing a fossil free energy source which can be used for many years to come.

The development of marine bioenergy is expected to have a major impact on how the ocean resources can be used in a way which is sustainable in a long term future. The need for biomass is expected to increase as the demand for biogas does. By putting a large scale production of biomass offshore, the risk of conflicting with food production on land, as well as other interests onshore, is significantly reduced. The segment is connected to food production, the extraction of biological substances and cleaning processes, but also opens up for the possibility of connecting marine energy with growth, oxygenating etc. The bioenergy area is of great importance from a cycle- and circle economical perspective, and is in an initial state strategically. Worth mentioning is that the sea based growth of biomass has more potential markets than the energy market only.

WP5 Offshore Academy

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WP5 Offshore Academy

Under the leadership of Chalmers University of Technology, WP5 brings together Swedish academic and industrial expertise and facilities. The goal is to join the academic and industrial fields in a variety of collaborations.

· Maintenance of a sound scientific base.
· Ensuring basic, comprehensive and advanced competences.
· Ensuring industrial experience and ‘Best practice’.
· A ‘one-stop shop’ for providing an infrastructure of test beds, simulators etc.
· An arena for discussion, dissemination and development of new ideas and concepts.
· Definition and maintenance of a systems perspective and long-term approach.
· Responsibility for national and international links.
· Hosting of workshops and conferences.

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Student Design Project

Marine Design 2014

Students enrolled in the master program Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at Chalmers Technical University, participated in the “Marine Design Project”, a course which was initiated by OffshoreVäst and Blekinge Offshore. The objective of the Marine Design Project in 2014 was to install a wind power farm outside of Blekinge in the south of Sweden. The project started in September 2nd 2014. In October, the students presented their concepts and preliminary designs. The results were presented December 19th at Chalmers Campus Lindholmen.

For more information about the project, feel free to read the students’ blog: https://marinedesignproject.wordpress.com/the-project/

Watch a video clip from a simulator environment where the planned offshore wind farm has been built in the bight of Hanö.

Student Award for best thesis

OffshoreVäst created a scholarship for the best thesis within the offshore area and awarded two scholarships for best thesis during 2014. The awards went to the best M.Sc (or similar, e.g. “magister”) thesis (15.000 SEK) and B.Sc (or similar, e.g. “Sjökapten”) thesis (7.500 SEK). The scholarship winners were invited to the OffshoreVäst annual meeting in September to present their theses. The theses were graded by a jury, based on a set of specific guidelines:

 

The thesis…

  • contributes to developing Swedish industry within the offshore area
  • can contribute to improved employment
  • has a potential to be re-written into an academic paper
  • presents an innovative product/process/service
  • contributes to sustainable development
  • has been conducted in cooperation with a company within the OffshoreVäst Consortium

Only students at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Chalmers University of Technology and the Linnaeus University were eligible to apply for the scholarship.

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Tobias Finn from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology recieved the award for best master thesis for his work – Hydroelasticity of a Large Floating Wind Turbine Platform

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