Decom Tools EU project
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Attractive EU project on sustainable wind turbine decommissioning
Emden University is leading a project on sustainable decommissioning of offshore wind farms.
Port of Grenaa’s numerous years of experience within the wind sector is now being involved in an international project, Decom Tools, which will gather know-how on how worn-out offshore wind farms can be decommissioned in an environmentally sound and sustainable manner.
The project is funded by the EU's Interreg program and is managed by the Technical University of Emden in Germany. The project participants come from all over the EU.
From Denmark, Energy Innovation Cluster, Samsø Municipality, Funen Maritime Cluster and Port of Grenaa participate.
“We have many years of experience as a base and service port for offshore wind turbine projects and at the same time we have a significant strategic focus on recycling and circular economy. On top of that, several local companies with expertise in ship dismantling and metal waste management are placed at the port.
Therefore, we found it natural to become part of a project that will gather expertise on how to best manage the dismantling of the old offshore wind farms in the seas around us”, says Port of Grenaa’s CEO Henrik Carstensen.
Wishes to attract businesses
In addition to welcoming the port's experience in managing offshore wind turbine projects, Port of Grenaa will expand its knowledge of decommissioning wind turbines in the project.
This is done in the hope of attracting companies with special expertise in this field.
“In light of the many activities we already have in the field of sustainable handling of scrap metal and other waste products, it will be natural that we combine our experience from the preparation and establishment of offshore wind farms to also be able to receive and handle the now old offshore wind turbines that will be replaced over the coming decades”, says Henrik Carstensen.
Decom Tools is scheduled to run over the next four years and recently started with a kick-off meeting at the German University, where CCO Theis Gisselbæk and CEO Henrik Carstensen attended from the Port of Grenaa.
Objectives of the project
• Reduce the cost of decommissioning by 20 percent
• Reduce the environmental impact of decommissioning by 25 percent
• Increase knowledge and expertise in the field among the stakeholders from the North Sea region
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