Sennen wins grant to expand its software into the construction phase

5th August 2022

With a vision to continuously drive transformation in the renewables sector via its highly specialised software, we are thrilled to announce that Sennen has won £112,000 in grant funding to create new digital tools that will support the construction of offshore wind farms.

The funding, which was awarded by the Offshore Wind Growth Partnership (OWGP), enables Sennen to expand its functionality beyond operations and maintenance, equipping operators with a single system that allows them to transition seamlessly from construction to the O&M phase. The total cost of developing this new application will be in the region of £225,000 and it will be available from mid 2023.

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) forecasts 235GW of new offshore wind capacity will be installed over the next decade. That is seven times bigger than the current market size. The scale of growth needed to achieve this is a huge challenge for the industry, and digital systems with a track record of proven time and cost savings will be essential to delivery.

We have been focused to date on creating digital game changing solutions for the operations of wind farms but we know that safe and efficient management of works during the construction phase is a key challenge.

Handover from construction to operations is a significant and complex milestone in the lifecycle of an offshore wind farm. Providing operators with a single system that bridges this transition will be invaluable, ensuring no loss or duplication of data and removing the pain points of changing systems at a critical moment.

Paul Grimshaw, CTO

Construction operators, in the main, currently use a disparate set of tools including traditional marine coordination systems, metocean data services, scada-monitoring and stand-alone systems for work planning and safety management. The many interfaces between all these tools leaves a lot of work to be done manually and makes the process unwieldy and inefficient. Sennen offers a sophisticated alternative that reduces risk and delivers significant cost savings.

We are delighted to continue our support for Sennen through this latest funding round.  Since first securing OWGP funding in 2020, Sennen has demonstrated significant impact in offshore wind operations, securing major contracts both in the UK and overseas.  Expanding their capability to support and de-risk offshore wind construction is not only a game-changer for the industry but demonstrates ambition for further growth and direct alignment with OWGP KPIs.

Claire Canning, OWGP Grant Funding Programme Manager

Sennen is excited to be expanding its role in digitising the sector and helping accelerate the clean energy transition. We share our customers’ mission to maximise renewable energy generation and we flex our system to their needs. This new functionality is just one example of this in action. 

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