An EU-funded project has been launched to help improve the performance and reduce the costs of critical subsystems in offshore wind turbines.
The DOCC-OFF project will demonstrate the impact of sensing and remote monitoring in the optimization of the design, the increase of the performance and the reduction of maintenance costs of wind turbines.
The project is being led by the Basque Energy Cluster in Spain and is financed by the EU’s Maritime and Fisheries Fund. It will use the knowledge extracted from wind turbine operational data to improve component design as well as increase reliability, productivity and efficiency.
According to the Basque Energy Cluster, wind turbine component manufacturers have already started to implement sensors and data collection systems in wind turbines. However, their use is limited to alerting operators to technical problems, rather than providing predictive data or improving long-term performance.
DOCC-OFF aims to validate and to demonstrate the sensors, remote monitoring systems and big data analytics tools that will allow to obtain data from the pitch system, which is the technology used to operate and control the angle of the blades in a wind turbine.
The project will improve the competitiveness of wind turbine component manufacturers and reduce overall industry costs.
The project’s partners include HINE Renovables, NEM Solutions and the Sirris-OWI-Lab research centre.