LEANWIND - Logistic efficiencies and naval architecture for wind installations with novel developments

This project has sought to apply lean principles to the offshore wind farm project lifecycle. The primary LEANWIND objective is to provide cost reductions across the offshore wind farm lifecycle and supply chain through the application of lean principles and the development of state-of-the-art technologies and tools. 

The offshore wind industry in existing near shore shallow sites has yet to become cost competitive with traditional forms of energy. At the same time, new sites are being planned for greater distances from shore or deeper water, bringing new challenges. The offshore wind industry has not yet applied lean principles to the logistical operations of the wind farm in all stages of the lifecycle as proposed by the LEANWIND project.

(“Lean” principles were originally developed by Toyota to optimize the processes of manufacturing industries; these principles of optimization and efficiency have subsequently been adopted by many other industries to remove wasteful stages and streamline processes.)

These new principles will be applied to each of the critical stages of an offshore wind farm project:

  • logistical processes
  • shore-base transport links
  • port and staging facilities
  • vessels
  • lifting equipment
  • safety
  • operation and maintenance (O&M)

The LEANWIND approach will ensure that unnecessarily complex or wasteful stages of the development process are removed, flow between the required stages is streamlined, quality is enhanced and thus overall cost and time efficiency improved to enable the industry to bridge the gap between current costs and industry cost aspirations.

Properly applied, lean management will improve quality, reliability and H&S standards across the project supply chain and throughout the wind farm lifecycle.

SINTEF Energy Research takes part in the following:

  • Operation and Maintenance strategies
  • Testing and validation of tools and technologies
  • Economic and Market Assessment

The activities of SINTEF Energy Research in LEANWIND are aligned with our activities in NOWITECH on operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms.

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SINTEF is a partner of the LEANWIND consortium
The work presented on these pages is carried out at SINTEF Energy Research which is a part of the EU project LEANWIND - Logistic efficiencies and naval architecture for wind installations with novel developments. This project is supported within the Ocean of Tomorrow call of the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme under the agreement SCP2-GA-2013-614020. The project period is 2013 - 2017.

The information published on this web site reflects the author's view, and the European Community, the European Union and the LEANWIND project management are not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.

Official web site: http://www.leanwind.eu

SINTEF is a partner of the LEANWIND consortium


Contact at SINTEF Energy Research: Iver Bakken Sperstad