The standardisation of manufactured parts can reduce cost through a number of channels. By allowing the manufacturing supply chain to produce standard parts, they can optimise manufacturing and reduce cost / lead time of components. It also could reduce design time as ‘off the shelf’ components can be selected and utilised (no need for bespoke design and analysis each time for each component). The use of standardised nodes (joints) can enable significant cost saving to the production of jacket structures.
Type of Entry: Strategic Element
Start TRL: TRL 7
Target TRL: TRL 9
Beneficiary: Original Equipment Manufacturer
Strategic Outcome: >10MW turbine platforms commercialised
Forecast Start: 2018
Forecatest Finish: 2022
Potential to Reduce LCOE: Medium
UK Benefit: Medium
Case for Intervention: Low
LCOE Notes: Reduce cost of manufacturing jackets
UK Benefit - notes: Medium low as not a huge amount of jackets in use and manufacture in UK supply chain. However, could make UK more competitive for jacket supply..
Intervention - notes: Node standardisation is already something being investigated by various organisations (i.e. cranfield university)