PLOCAN in WATEREYE project about predictive maintenance in offshore wind farms.

By February 13, 2020 News

The test site of PLOCAN will be one of the scenarios for the development of the European project of predictive maintenance in offshore wind farms “Operation & Maintenance tools integrating accurate structural health in offshore energy” (WATEREYE).

WATEREYE integral solution will allow wind farms operators to accurately predict future needs for operations and maintenance to reduce costs, and increase the annual offshore wind energy production thanks to an accurate structural health monitoring and smart control of the offshore wind farms.

Cost reduction can be up to 30 % of the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE), index which compares the energy efficiency in terms of cost production with other technologies.

The nine partners of the project, which is funded by H2020 European programme, participated in a meeting at the facilities of PLOCAN in Taliarte to meet the characteristics of the offshore platform at the test site, where the tests of the project will be performed, offering an access to real sea conditions, and where developed technologies will be assessed and integrated in a system based on the level of corrosion, which will allow to manage wind assets in an effective manner.

The project partners are CEIT (research centre created by the University of Navarra), project coordinator and leader of the work package which is in charge of smart sensors, communications and mobile platform; Delft Dynamics (Dutch innovation and high-tech company, specialised in developing and building drones), who will develop a mobile platform (drone) for the data acquisition; and Semantic Web Company (leader and most innovative Linked Data technology provider located in Austria), who will monitor the date use, by optimising the acquisition, storage and access.

Furthermore, the following partners are involved in the project: TuDelft (University of Technology of Delft, Netherlands), which is the work package leader in charge of structural health monitor, diagnostic, prognostic and turbine control tools, and will develop and simulate load-limiting fault tolerant control algorithms at wind tower; and Sintef Energy Research (independent research organization from Norway) will lead the wind farm control and management as well as the integration of wind turbine control tools into wind farm management and will also lead the wind farm operation and maintenance validation. On the other side, Sintef industry will perform corrosion tests and develop the advanced corrosion models.

Finally, the following partners complete the project: Flanders Make (Research Centre from Belgium), who will contribute with the development of a 3D map of the wall thickness loss features and the development and validation of diagnosis, prognosis algorithms for wind turbine structure; Cobra (wind farm engineering, procurement, construction, installation and operation company from Spain), who will lead the definition of the use cases, requirements and system architecture and will contribute in the integration and validation of the developed tools and leading the exploitation plan; and PLOCAN who lead the integration and validation of the developed innovations in a real sea conditions site, the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands, besides being the responsible of project communication and dissemination of the results.