Mainstream is recognised as a thought leader in the renewable energy sector and in particular offshore identifying where the challenges lie and providing innovative solutions. In the process of developing offshore projects, we continue to shape the market in pioneering new engineering concepts and methods in an effort towards reducing the cost of energy, risk reduction and performance optimisation.
• Mainstream is a member of the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) – one of the world’s leading technology research and development programmes designed to drive down the costs of offshore wind. Its main objective is to reduce costs by 10% over the next decade which would enable deployment to happen faster.
• First to install the “twisted jacket” foundation. SMart Wind installed its first met mast using the innovative ‘twisted jacket’ foundation in the Hornsea zone demonstrating commitment to reducing the cost of energy.
• Bringing the “suction bucket” foundation into offshore wind to mitigate noise and simplify installation. Mainstream’s engineering team, together with innovative engineering companies, accomplished a certified feasibility study and is now aiming for building a demonstrator in the North Sea.
• Unrivalled experience. The Mainstream team brings together a decade of experience delivering significant infrastructure projects across four continents.
• Supply chain. Identification of key supply chain issues along with proposals for managing these issues and associated risks as part of a cost reduction programme.
• Trade associations. Mainstream is represented on the board, or leadership council, of the main renewables trade bodies including the European Wind Energy Association, RenewableUK, RenewableUK Health and Safety group, the German Offshore Wind Forum (OFW), and the Offshore Wind Development Coalition in the US.
• Data management (ISIS). Mainstream is committed to developing an Integrated Sea Information System (ISIS) by working with stakeholders from industry, academia and government agencies. ISIS will reduce project risk, bring latest IT innovation to offshore wind development through visualisation and advanced predictive analysis and will align fully with the EC Marine Knowledge 2020 Directive – developed in phases as the offshore wind industry expands.