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Cost-benefit Evaluation of Remote Inspection of Offshore Wind Farms by Simulating the Operation and Maintenance Phase

Abstract

This paper presents a cost-benefit evaluation that investigates the potential economic benefits of using remote inspection technology for offshore wind farms. Remote inspection consists of a robot system inside the turbine nacelle that can perform inspections on behalf of an operator located on land. Such a system can reduce the need for expensive and time-consuming access to the turbines. The NOWIcob tool was used to simulate maintenance activities and related logistics during the operational period of an offshore wind farm. Different wind farm cases, with and without remote inspection, were simulated, and the results demonstrate that the use of remote inspection gives robust economic benefits for offshore wind farm projects

Category

Academic article

Client

  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 193823

Language

English

Author(s)

Affiliation

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • SINTEF Energy Research / Energisystemer

Year

2014

Published in

Energy Procedia

ISSN

1876-6102

Publisher

Elsevier

Volume

53

Page(s)

239 - 247

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