The SPARTA (System performance, Availability and Reliability Trend Analysis) project will improve wind turbine operational performance by increasing safety, reliability and availability, thereby cutting the cost of electricity generated from offshore wind.  

SPARTA is a major new collaborative project between ORE Catapult, The Crown Estate and offshore wind farm owner/operators.

The project will create a database for sharing anonymised offshore wind farm performance and maintenance data.  Owner/operator participants will be provided with robust and reliable benchmarked data for the first time, helping to identify operational improvements and cost reduction opportunities at both company and sector-wide levels.

The potential benefits of SPARTA are substantial and long term:

  • Reduction in equipment failures which cost the UK offshore wind industry around £150m in 2012.
  • A 0.1% industry-wide improvement in availability arising as a consequence of SPARTA against the 2012 offshore wind-generated volume of 7.5TWh, could equate to an increase in income of £10m.

Owner/operators Centrica, RWE, SSE, Statkraft, Statoil, Vattenfall, ScottishPower Renewables and EDF have already committed to support the project by actively participating in a steering group to ensure that the key output – monthly reporting – provides valuable data which will inform future operational and maintenance decisions.

SPARTA (System Performance, Availability and Reliability Trend Analysis) is the first joint project under an agreement between ORE Catapult and The Crown Estate signed in November 2013. Together, the two bodies have committed to initial development costs in excess of £850,000.

Download the SPARTA brochure.

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