We provide innovative solutions to speed up the widespread deployment of cost effective renewable energy technologies as diverse as offshore wind, hydroelectricity, biomass and waste to energy, solar, tidal, and decentralised energy.
Listening and leading across boundaries, bringing lessons learned from established forms of energy to emerging technologies, we are helping the drive towards a low carbon future.
We provide robust engineering design and owners' engineer services in the renewable energy sector, as well as technical advice on emerging clean energy technologies.
Our cross-discipline experts and specialists enable us to provide the complete range of services in all aspects of renewable energy technology. We have some of the most technically skilled individuals in the engineering sector in areas such as fatigue assessment, finite element analysis, dynamic analysis, computational fluid dynamics and hydrodynamics.
Our in-depth knowledge of offshore engineering and hydrocarbons, as well as power generation and distribution, not only equips us well but drives a sense of responsibility to play a key role in developing the technical and commercial viability of new technologies.
Merging experience and innovation
Our expertise in the offshore environment dates back as far as the 1970s. Delivering engineering projects in the challenging marine environments of the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico has provided us with a wealth of knowledge that we can transfer into costs effective solutions for marine renewables.
By combining our original thinking with these 40 years of offshore engineering in oil and gas, we are transforming the ability of offshore wind to compete with established forms of power generation.
Maximising energy yield through clever design
Lessons learned in foundation technology, as well as installing and maintaining at sea, guide us in developing approaches to fixed foundation design which reduce cost. Our work with industry partners on more than half a dozen offshore floating wind projects is enabling harvesting of the best offshore energy resources further offshore in deeper waters.
Our work with our clients and partners enables us to spearhead the move towards a low carbon economy by making clean energy sources safe, reliable and cost effective.
We've worked with the UK government, for example, to help the former Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) understand and evolve the potential of emerging technologies such as energy storage, deep geothermal and Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).
Atkins provides a comprehensive range of services in all aspects of offshore renewable energy technology, from initial feasibility studies and technology assessments through to detailed engineering, integrity management, safety and reliability assessment and client advisory services.
Concept and front-end engineering design (FEED)
Early stage concept engineering and FEED is an essential part of offshore wind development. We bring together a multidisciplinary team to build geological ground models, assess foundation concepts, assess transmission technology choices and grid connection points, propose and evaluate array layouts and consider installation methodologies. We can optimise design through a FEED study, to support consenting, cost evaluation and financial close and major contract awards.
Multidisciplinary design engineering
Working for developers, fabricators and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Atkins undertakes complex, multidisciplinary detailed design packages. We can mobilise teams at short notice to design installations such as onshore and offshore substations, and ports and harbours facilities. We are engaged at all stages of the project lifecycle of offshore projects which gives us an unrivalled perspective on how to design fit for purpose offshore structures for the renewable sector.
Managing the asset life
Atkins supports a number of existing wind farms both as Owner's Engineer and as designer of the discrete remediation projects for specific emergent issues. Our portfolio is currently in excess of 400 WTG substructure and three offshore substations across a number of wind farms and client organisations. This allows an integrated response and implementation of common solutions embedding efficiency and lessons learned across a number of projects. Atkins has a wealth of experience in structural integrity, fatigue life assessment and corrosion protection experience drawn from our extensive work in the offshore oil and gas, offshore renewables and nuclear arenas. This is reflected in the breadth and depth of the services we are currently delivering for our clients.
Specialist engineering analysis
We provide specialist engineering services in areas such as fatigue assessment, finite element analysis, dynamic analysis, computational fluid dynamics and hydrodynamics. Atkins utilises this expertise to undertake complex engineering analysis in areas such as failure and defect investigation. Additionally, as the offshore renewable sector matures, we can analyse operational performance of existing products and optimise emerging technologies.
We offer the following specialist skills:
- Wind farm concept and detailed design
- Wind turbine blade engineering
- Wind turbine electrical and mechanical engineering
- Wind turbine and Met Mast foundation/substructure design (onshore and offshore)
- Wind farm electrical design, including offshore array and export transmission design
- Onshore substation design
- Offshore substation design (substructure and topsides)
- Safety assessment and compliance requirements
- Consents, planning and environmental impact assessment
- Geophysical and geotechnical survey specification and data interpretation
- Electrical array and export design
- Cable selection and installation assessment
- Grid connection studies and assessments
- Electro-mechanical and mechanical design and analysis of marine energy devices
- Health and safety planning and assessment and CDM