Equinor and Masdar have joined forces with ORE Catapult to share floating offshore wind data
Operational data from the world’s first floating offshore wind farm, Hywind Scotland, is now available to access on a free to use basis for supply chain businesses and academia through the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s Platform for Operational Data (POD) service.
The POD service is designed to offer comprehensive data sets from offshore wind demonstrator sites across the UK to improve our understanding of how offshore wind farms operate in real-world conditions and support innovative research, projects and product development.
Under this agreement between Equinor, Masdar and ORE Catapult, subscribers can access a pre-defined set of full-scale measurements from one of Hywind Scotland’s five turbines. By enabling access to this information, the three organisations aim to better engage industry, academia and the offshore wind supply chain in the UK and internationally, to foster collaboration and drive innovation in floating offshore wind. The shared long-term goal is to reduce the cost of floating offshore wind, making the technology a cost-competitive industrial solution.
Floating wind will be an important part of the OW mix for the US market in future as some areas, particularly on the Pacific coast, are not suitable for fixed-bottom turbines. This information will aid the US industry as it develops.
“This initiative shows Equinor’s strong commitment to support dissemination and education in the UK and abroad, as well as providing a platform for collaboration across the floating wind supply chain. Floating offshore wind is a corner stone in our renewable strategy to become an offshore wind major,” says Sebastian Bringsværd, head of Floating Wind Development at Equinor.
Chris Hill, ORE Catapult’s Operational Performance Director, added, “The inclusion of free to use operational data from Hywind Scotland will be a great addition to our POD service, and greatly enhance our offering to our users. Big data is transforming our understanding of how wind farms work, and therefore our approach to building, operating and maintaining them. Our POD service was the first to offer, for a nominal charge, open access data sets from our operational offshore turbine based at Levenmouth for the benefit of the wider industry, academic and research communities and we hope to expand the data sets available in the future.”
The data shared will include environmental data, motions of the floating wind turbine and loads in the mooring system.
POD was enabled through funding from the Scottish Government.
Facts about the Hywind Scotland Pilot Park
The world’s first floating offshore wind farm
Located 25 km east of Peterhead, Scotland, in the UK North Sea
Water depth ranges between 95 m and 120 m
Five floating wind turbines, total installed capacity of 30 MW
Average capacity factor of 56% over the first two years of operation
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