Managing Offshore Wind Energy Assets

From wind turbine development to wind farm planning, operations, maintenance and decommissioning to grid supply dash boarding.



The ever-growing demand for energy supply and increased focus on renewable resources has given rise to thousands of inland and offshore wind power projects worldwide. Whether you are a wind turbine manufacturer, developer, investor, in engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC), or an owner/operator, you can take advantage of the Integrated project management and product development procedures with variant configurations.

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In the offshore wind power domain, achieving a specific performance-based targets can be influenced by a number of issues, for example, (1) difficulties to decide clear targets in large scale systems because of the nature of performance control variables and their fuzzy impacts, (2) difficulties in measuring the performance of the process against the actual functional characteristics because of inherent uncertainties, (3) lack of comprehensive techniques and methods for the companies involved to visualize real needs with reference to predictable performance patterns, etc. In order to excel in this particular area, the companies first need to understand which factors in technical or operational levels affect the targets (e.g. LCC based on PAS 55). This is to allow a better pursuit of those critical factors by suitable means, to assess the criticality of different levels of impact, and to model and trouble-shoot the critical problems.

According to the Sect. 3.10 in PAS 55-1, an asset management system constitutes ‘‘ organization’s asset management policy, asset management strategy, asset management objectives, asset management plans of the activities, processes and organizational structures necessary for their development, implementation and continual improvement ’’.

In wind energy context, the sustained operations or energy production has direct connection to reliability issues, and thus subsequently to health monitoring, supportability, and maintenance intervention tasks. The important issue in operating a wind farm in a continuous production mode with no ad hoc-interventions is to know; ‘‘who bears what roles and responsibilities in managing the set of critical activities and operations?’’ In other words, who are the stakeholders of the asset management regime that contribute to ensure risk-minimal operations?

Thus, the requirement engineering process relating to integrated asset management need to be conducted based on a set of performance attributes that are; (1) extracted from business drivers, and controlled by business policies within operation phase; (2) present the functional flow of the operations and domain-specific concept of operations; (3) allocate the physical mechanism and supportive systems to related functions; (4) present the physical and information links and their inputs/outputs with relation to the irfunctions; (5) compose interfaces between physical and supportive systems or subsystems; (6) identify risks generated from functions, physical and sup-portive system, and (7) designate roles and responsibilities along with compliance assessment procedures.