Lifetime Extension of a Wind Farm

Lifetime Extension of a Wind Farm

2021-11-26T09:38:59+00:00November 26th, 2021|Wind Energy|

The UK’s first demonstration offshore wind farm was installed in December 2000 off the Northumberland coast. It consisted of two 2MW Vestas wind turbines with a rotor diameter of 66m, on monopile foundations in about 10m water, less than 2km from shore. So in practice, wind farms for UK energy generation offshore have only been commercially viable for 30 years.

The scale of the farms and the size of turbines have dramatically increased in the last 15 to 20 years. In the mid-2020s, first-generation farms should be entering a decommissioning phase as they reach their originally expected end of life. There are different life extension strategies for offshore wind farms. The operational life of these renewable energy marine structures can be safely extended by employing appropriate technical considerations on the life extension and repowering evaluations. With more than 10 GW already in service, the UK has an enviable track record in the installation and maintenance of offshore wind assets.

This is supported by similar but even more mature industries such as the Maritime and Offshore Oil and Gas sectors. During this webinar, we would like to touch on lifetime extension strategies as well as ways to optimize operations of offshore wind farms.

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