RWE Renewables, itap, BioConsult SH,the University of Stuttgart and Technische Universität Berlin have signed an agreement to research a vibratory pile driving technique at RWE’s Kaskasi offshore wind farm.
The German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy is funding the research project, which is being coordinated by RWE. The new, reduced-noise process uses vertical vibrations to drive the foundations into position. With the vibratory pile driving technology it is expected that it will no longer be necessary to use additional noise reducing measures to protect marine mammals. The first measurements at sea are planned for the summer of this year. A total of 38 foundations for the wind turbines will be installed from the third quarter of 2021 onwards. The final report of the 28-month research project is to be completed by early 2023.