Innovation Challenges

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Introduction

Operations and maintenance (O&M) costs can account for up to 25% of the overall Levelised Cost of Energy (LCoE) for offshore wind farms. Reducing those costs is a huge driver for today’s Owner/Operators and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and so ORE Catapult is delivering a programme of offshore wind farm O&M case studies to share best practice, knowledge and experience of O&M topics.

The project, sponsored by the Offshore Wind Programme Board and The Crown Estate, addresses a need first identified by ORE Catapult’s O&M Forum, a group of industry representatives who meet on a regular basis to discuss O&M topics and concerns. They wanted a mechanism to share knowledge and experience, and these case studies have provided a platform for operations and maintenance experts from across the UK offshore wind sector to share their knowledge on specific technical, commercial and operations challenges.

 

Case Study Reports

The case study topics were proposed by members of the O&M Forum and were used to showcase best practice and highlight common
issues and experiences from across the sector. They draw on the operational experience of key resources and highlight the key learning outcomes and recommendations to others arising from each topic.

Eleven case studies have been documented in partnership with Owner/Operators and an experienced O&M professional consultant. On-site interviews were conducted at offshore wind O&M bases around the UK throughout 2015/2016 and all of the resulting case study reports are being made publicly available via the ORE Catapult website.

 

To improve performance and reduce the costs associated with offshore wind farms, there needs to be greater collaboration amongst industry players to share best practice and learning. If we are going to capitalise on the economic opportunity presented by a strong offshore supply chain, then we need to develop a collective view on what the key technology challenges are, and where the industry should be focusing its combined efforts on developing innovative solutions to drive cost reductions.

Chris Hill Operational Performance Director, ORE Catapult

Industry Workshops

The case studies are being presented by the participant organisations at a series of ORE Catapult-hosted industry workshops. The first five case studies were presented in London in April 2016 and the remaining six case studies are scheduled to be presented in June 2016. These workshops have stimulated lively and productive debate amongst operators, further enhancing the knowledge sharing and highlighting further topics for consideration for more case studies.

 


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