RWE has selected UL Solutions to certify the design assumptions of the F.E.W. Baltic II wind farm.
The certification will be conducted in accordance with global standards and in consultation with the Polish Register of Shipping, an independent and recognized appraisal institution. UL Solutions is a global leader in safety and one of the world's largest providers of testing, inspection and certification services for renewable energy projects.
RWE Offshore Wind Poland, a subsidiary of RWE Renewables, has selected an experienced partner, UL Solutions, to certify the design assumptions of the 350 MW F.E.W. Baltic II wind farm. The proposed farm will be located in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea, covering an area of 41 square kilometers, at a depth of 30-50 meters and about 55 kilometers from the shore.
UL Solutions will proceed with certification in accordance with the provisions of the Maritime Safety Act and international IEC regulations and procedures. The entire process will take place in consultation with the Polish Register of Shipping (PRS), which has long experience in cooperating on projects in the Baltic Sea. UL Solutions' cooperation with PRS demonstrates the importance of Polish companies in the construction and operation of the F.E.W. Baltic II offshore wind farm.
- We are glad that local content is taking on a real framework and PRS has a part in it - says Prof. Henryk Sniegocki, president of PRS. - It is worth recalling that as a result of the company's development and research work and also using the experience of business partners performing various functions in the supply chain for offshore wind farms, PRS has developed "Publication No. 130/P - Offshore Wind Farms" in 2019. It is dedicated in particular to investors, contractors, manufacturers of materials, products and equipment, as well as service providers to offshore wind farms. It covers the entire life cycle of offshore wind farms: from investment preparation, through design, prefabrication, transportation and installation, commissioning and operation, to decommissioning and waste management.
- The construction of offshore wind farms is particularly important in the energy transition. Thanks to the energy generated in the Baltic, it will be possible to reduce Poland's dependence on fossil fuels. By implementing the F.E.W. Baltic II project, we will significantly contribute to this positive change, while at the same time accelerating economic development, by using Polish suppliers and subcontractors - says Lukas Prietz, project director of the F.E.W. Baltic II wind farm at RWE Renewables. - Poland is one of the most attractive and growing offshore markets for our company. We don't want to stop at the F.E.W. Baltic II project, so we have also applied for all 11 areas made available by the Polish authorities for the construction of further wind farms.
- The electricity produced by offshore wind farms is crucial in the transition from dependence on fossil fuels to renewable energy - said Joern Gerlach, Engineering Manager in the Renewables Energy team at UL Solutions Energy and Industrial Automation group. - Confirming that offshore wind power can support the electricity grid while optimizing energy production is key to accelerating the development of wind farms and Poland's green energy transition. We are proud to be working with RWE to help in the process of developing safer and reliable wind energy.
Once operational, the 350 MW F.E.W. Baltic II wind farm will be able to produce enough green electricity to meet the needs of some 350,000 households.