Robotics & Autonomous Systems

Find out more about our robotics and autonomous systems testing and validation facilities.

Find out more

Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub

The Catapult has appointed the University of Strathclyde and the University of Manchester to form the Electrical Infrastructure Research Hub.

Find out more

Automation & Engineering Solutions

Find out more about our work in robotics, autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.

Find out more

Stay Current

Dig deeper into the biggest issues facing offshore wind, wave and tidal energy with our series of Analysis & Insight papers.

Find out more

Innovation Challenges

Solving these technology innovation challenges will help drive down the cost of offshore renewable energy, with positive effects for the industry and UK economy. If your technology has the answer, get in touch via our contact form on the Innovation Challenges page.

Find out more

SPOWTT

Improving the Safety and Productivity of Offshore Wind Technician Transit.

contact the team

Introduction

Offshore technicians perform essential scheduled servicing and unscheduled maintenance of offshore wind turbines. Planning operations and maintenance activity is challenging because it is difficult to predict whether sea conditions will allow turbine technician transfer via crew transfer vessels (CTVs). Currently there is limited information for making this decision.  An added challenge is ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the technicians as they are transported in what can be very rough sea conditions, because they have to perform complex tasks once transferred to the turbine.    

 

The project

This project takes a novel approach by using digital technology to create a decision-making tool that will allow marine coordinators to make a more informed approach to crew transfers. This project will, for the first time, measure in parallel the motion of crew transfer vessels in certain weather conditions and sea states, as well as the psychological and physiological well-being of the technicians onboard.

 

The Findings

The findings from the research will then be used to create a tool that will aid marine coordinators in deciding whether or not to go ahead with technician transfers, or what special conditions the transfers may be subjected to. 

Optimising how CTVs make use of the ‘weather window’ to deliver technicians will improve O&M productivity and reduce O&M costs by as much as 2%, leading to increased turbine availability. When combined, it is estimated that this innovation will lead to a 0.7% reduction in the levelised cost of electricity; equivalent to additional revenue of >€1.2m a year for a 500MW wind farm. 

The project commenced in December 2016, and is due to complete in March 2019.  

 


More In SPOWTT

Latest Insights

Cookies on Catapult explained

To comply with EU directives we now provide detailed information about the cookies we use. To find out more about cookies on this site, what they do and how to remove them, see our information about cookies. Click OK to continue using this site.

OK