Now it's recommending looking to the oil and gas industry for advice in tackling the harsh conditions if tomorrow's next generation of wind turbines are to be deployed farther out at sea.
"The goal is to make offshore turbines and structures more reliable, efficient and ever-cheaper to produce".
The association admits the industry is so new that there are very few standards for designing, installing or running these major installations.
The comments come as the Association reckons we could be heading for an offshore energy boom from 2020 onwards.
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