Fabricator has already completed its proof of concept and will now test its first demo [Image: Sif]
Sif Netherlands is developing a new concept that aims to make the installation process of transition piece-less monopiles more efficient.
The company said the Skybox can be installed in one lift with no need for brackets to be welded onto the monopile.
“(Skybox) will keep costs and maintenance low and increase drive-ability and overall efficiency,” it added.
Sif said the company has already completed its proof of concept and will now test and demonstrate the feasibility of manufacturing the Skybox using slip-joint technology.
“Skybox Lite is our first offshore demonstrator focused at validating the slip-joint,” the company said.
The next phase, starting in 2022-2023, will see Sif upscale dimensions, integrate full functionality and present a second demonstrator – the Skybox Full.
This will be the last step towards to obtaining an A-level DNV-GL certificate and serial production readiness for commercial deployment in 2024, Sif said.