H2020 project reduces offshore windfarm operation costs

H2020 project reduces offshore windfarm operation costs

The new European flagship project, ROMEO, is seeking to reduce offshore operation and maintenance costs.

ROMEO (Reliable Operation and Maintenance decision tools and strategies for high LCoE reduction of Offshore wind), funded under Horizon 2020’s LCE-13-2016, aims to reduce operation and maintenance costs through the development of advanced monitoring systems and strategies.

The project, led by Iberdrola Renovables Energía, consists of an industry-based consortium of 12 experienced figures from six different EU member states and one associated country.

ROMEO was awarded a grant from the European Commission of €10m and a total budget of approximately €16m over the course of five years.

The initiative aims to move from correct and calendar-based maintenance to a condition-based maintenance though analysing the real behaviour of the main components of wind turbines (WTGs).

Wind energy capacity has grown across the EU over recent years, covering around 10.4% of EU electricity consumption in 2016, according to Wind Europe.

However, in order to meet the 2030 target of at least 27% of European energy consumption being sourced from renewable energy sources, further development is required.

The predominant objective of ROMEO is the reduction of operation and maintenance costs through the development of an information management and analytics platform, capable of improving decision making processes by offshore windfarm operators.

Simultaneously, renewable energy technology will be improved in order to contribute to adhering to EU climate objectives and adopt the energy transition to cleaner, safer and more efficient energy.

A flexible Cloud and internet of things (IoT) platform will provide an advanced analytics ecosystem for failure diagnosis and prognosis models to understand real-time behaviour of WTGs under operational conditions to maximise life span and minimise operation and maintenance cost.

The innovations developed within the research and development packages will be tested in three cases, managed by windfarm operators in Teeside and East Anglia, UK, and Wikinger, Germany, in order to demonstrate and ensure future replication of the project at other wind farms.