2021 was a mammoth year for Akselos. We want to thank our partners and customers for their trust and collaboration over the course of the year, which has helped us achieve many milestone moments! We also want to thank our team, who have done an amazing job delivering another record year in the middle of steep growth.

As disruptive innovators, the work doesn’t stop here – 2022 is promising to be even bigger and better. In the meantime, and as the year draws to a close, we want to take this opportunity to look back on some of our key achievements from 2021:

1.    Milestone moment in offshore wind turbine design with Lamprell

Back in July, Akselos and Lamprell announced the results of an EU-backed wind foundation design project that proved predictive digital twin technology can reduce the steel weight and associated costs of offshore wind jacket foundations by up to 30%.

Lamprell, a leading provider of services to the international energy sector, will now apply the findings to reduce the amount of steel it uses to construct its offshore foundations.

For Akselos, the findings accelerate our mission to speed up the deployment of mass-scale offshore wind to help meet climate targets.

Lamprell’s Chief Executive Officer, Christopher McDonald, gave excellent endorsement of our partnership and the results that were achieved:

“We are delighted at the results we’ve seen with Akselos’ digital twins, which provide a true step-change in our design process.” 

2.    Representing the wind industry at COP26

In the year leading up to the highly anticipated COP26 climate summit, Akselos joined the GWEC Global Wind Coalition, demonstrating its commitment to accelerating the energy transition and boosting the deployment of offshore wind.

Playing a key role in representing the wind industry at the event, the Akselos team participated in a panel session at GWEC’s Blue Zone pavilion, as well as joining two panel sessions at a series of fringe events run by Wood Plc. Topics included “Digitisation in Energy” and “Realigning capital for the new economy”.

COP26 may be over, but using the lessons learned and momentum built will be crucial to progress in the race to net zero.

As Michiel van Haersma Buma, VP of Customer Success at Akselos, said:

“Our platform has the potential to speed up progress for an industry that has the ability to accelerate the energy transition significantly.”

3.    Using simulation technology to dramatically reduce the LCoE for floating wind farms

Akselos was commissioned by Shell and RWE to use its technology to model the TetraSpar floating foundation demonstrator, which was installed offshore in Norway earlier this year. The project aims to take learnings from the demonstrator to dramatically reduce the Levelised Cost of Energy (LcoE) for floating wind farms.

With the speed and scale that Akselos’ Integra technology can provide, the entire structure can be analyzed in near real-time and provide insights that can lead to significant improvement in both design and operations, leading to lower cost, optimized maintenance and inspection workflows, among many benefits.

As Steven Zijp, Project Engineer Offshore Wind at Shell, said:

“The partnership between Akselos, RWE and Shell enables us to further scale and manage floating offshore wind turbines, making them safer and more cost efficient, while allowing developers access to deeper and more challenging waters around the world.”

4.    Winning an OTC best paper award

At the Offshore Technology Conference 2021, Akselos alongside Shell, Marin, Intecsea and Trong Luong won the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) award for the paper that examined the use of structural digital twins of FPSOs for monitoring the hull and topsides based on inspection data and load measurement.

5. Increasing Uptime in the Process Industry

2021 was a landmark year in downstream for Akselos, amongst others by deploying our solution in a near real-time application for a customer in the Americas. For a vessel with a wall nearly 6 inches thick, we were able to calculate the stress distribution during startup ‘as it happened’, providing the customer with data-driven insights to reduce their startup time.

In addition, we signed on multiple other projects for critical equipment like Delayed Coker Units and Steam Methane Reformers. In short: 2021 showed the potential of our technology in the process industry, and we are excited to help realize more uptime in 2022 for many more customers around the world.

In terms of Akselos’ statistics, we have also had an amazing year. We’ve have had 37 new projects signed in 2021. We’ve also welcomed 34 new hires joining the company and. We’ve launched our new website which brought us 44 351 visitors. So once again, thank you!

2022 will be a pivotal year for our industry – in the wake of COP26, action is needed at a faster pace and on a greater scale than ever before in order to deliver the energy transition.

For Akselos, we also want to continue to grow our impact in the energy industry and bring our best to help accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon future. We want that to be our compass to guide us into this decade. 2022 is around the corner, and we cannot wait to make that an even bigger success together with our customers!