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Introduction

This focus area is divided into three work streams:

  • component failure rates and models
  • wind farm level control
  • wind farm performance, availability and reliability benchmarking.

Our programmes are designed to help owner/operators and OEMs reduce wind farm operational expenditure and increase energy production by supporting cost-effective decision making on lifetime asset management.

Successful delivery of the programme objectives has the potential to reduce the levelised cost of energy by 1.7%.

Decision making will be improved through the generation of high-quality methodologies, tools, data and analysis which help to accurately quantify the performance and reliability of wind farms, predict changes over time and determine where and when cost-effective interventions can be made. This information can assist strategic, data-driven decision making on asset operations, maintenance, life extension and decommissioning.

 

Our activity

In the area of lifetime asset management, ORE Catapult specialises in the collection, classification, benchmarking and analysis of operational data to develop new insights and trends on wind farm performance, availability and reliability.

As an independent organisation with a track record in the secure management of operational data, we are a trusted industry data broker, capable of facilitating and delivering projects which require data sharing to produce outputs that improve overall asset management.

We work collaboratively with the supply chain and academia to deliver projects involving analysis of wind farm data. For example, to determine trends in performance, availability and reliability, and recommend strategies to reduce failures and improve energy production.

 

The SPARTA production-based availability benchmarks, developed by owner/operators for owner/operators, provides us with an independent and trustworthy measure of wind farm performance against our peers.”

Martin Stanyon
Centrica

Our projects

We are supporting strategic decision making by benchmarking the performance, availability and reliability of offshore and onshore wind farms in the SPARTA and WEBS projects, respectively. In the BLEEP Joint Industry Programme, we are developing new insights on erosion degradation rates for blades and the impacts on turbine performance to support cost-effective decision making on blade repairs and upgrades.

 

Key successes

In collaboration with Centrica and RES, we have developed a methodology to accurately measure and quantify the effect of blade erosion on wind turbine annual energy production. This is now being used to help the wider industry understand how to reduce the impact of blade erosion on LCOE.

SPARTA is the world’s first benchmarking platform for offshore wind farms. ORE Catapults portfolio review, published in March 2017, provided key insights on the performance, availability and reliability of 93.7% of the installed capacity of UK operational offshore wind.

 


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