First Offshore Innovation Award
Another highlight was the presentation of the first Offshore Innovation Award. Four finalists presented small and large innovations for the construction, operation and monitoring of wind energy plants.
In total, eight projects or companies from Germany and abroad competed for the award. Following presentations by the four nominees on the short list, the conference participants voted there and then to choose a winner, who, in addition to the honour, also collected EUR 2,000 in prize money. Following the audience vote, the prize went to the Elisa Technology project entered by the Spanish company ESTEYCO. The project involved designing a prototype for the onshore construction of wind energy plants and their subsequent lifting into place at the destination location.
Due to its own buoyancy, the wind energy plant, which is pre-assembled in the port, can be transported to and installed at the installation site without the use of heavy duty cranes. It means that heavy lift carriers are no longer needed for transporting the plant and construction in the port is not dependent on weather conditions. The evaluation criteria for pre-selection for the Offshore Innovation Award 2019 included practical user value and market success, the degree of (technical) innovation, the potential for significant cost reductions in offshore wind farms, the overall technical impression and practical usability.