What Does Minimizing Carbon Emissions Cost?

A carbon footprint assessment for a semisubmersible floating offshore wind turbine foundation.

It’s critical to recognize that the environmental impacts of energy production extend beyond operational phases. Innovative technologies may substantially reduce emissions in a project’s fabrication and transportation stages. Adopting environmentally friendly steel production methods and alternative vessel fuels presents options for overall life-cycle reductions. Our study suggests that the value may reach 60% of total CO2 equivalent emissions, depending on the application.

The emission reductions come with expected cost increases. However, the estimations represent an initial assessment based on the current state-of-the-art technologies. Future advancements or broader industry adaptation of production techniques and fuels may offer opportunities to align environmental goals with cost-effectiveness.

We present you a case study of analyzing carbon reduction measures for a wind farm. It delivers a preliminary overview of how implementing carbon reduction technologies would affect emissions and costs. We briefly describe the technologies involved, present four scenarios, and provide comparative results within:

  • Fabrication,
  • Transport and Installation,
  • Farm location,
  • Costs and risks.


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