Operations and maintenance (O&M) costs can account for up to 25% of the levelised cost of energy from an offshore wind farm. As turbine size increases and water depths and distance from shore also increase, the challenge of operating and maintaining offshore wind farms becomes greater. Technology needs to develop at a fast rate to meet these growing technical demands.
Research & development
ORE Catapult is undertaking research and commercialising technology in areas of O&M that increase wind farm availability and improve efficiency of access. It will improve industry collaboration, knowledge sharing and best practice among O&M stakeholders, including project owners, Original Equipment Manufacturers, Offshore Transmission Owners (responsible for O&M of transmission assets) and third party providers of vessels, components and labour.
The highest priority projects will likely involve research projects that facilitate the evolution from unscheduled corrective maintenance towards scheduled preventative maintenance. ORE Catapult is particularly interested in projects that focus on condition-based maintenance and improve the resolution of component models that will help diagnose failures. Other potential project themes include improving turbine access systems; developing new monitoring and maintenance techniques; facilitating sharing of information to share technical lessons learned (such as SPARTA, O&M case studies series); and optimisation of services.
O&M case studies
We have published a series of offshore wind operations and maintenance (O&M)-focused case studies, supported by ORE Catapult’s O&M Forum and funded by The Crown Estate and the Offshore Wind Programme Board. These studies aim to highlight game-changing O&M projects and share knowledge among the offshore wind O&M community