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Setting the direction for research, development and innovation in offshore wind operations and maintenance

“The establishment of the O&M Centre of Excellence is a valuable addition to the growing offshore wind industry regionally, nationally and globally and provides an excellent opportunity for innovation and collaboration across the O&M supply chain."

Clark MacFarlane, Managing Director of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy UK

A £2-million partnership between the University of Hull and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult to establish the Humber as the place to collaborate in operations and maintenance for the offshore wind industry.

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David Wells RDI Strand Lead, Green Port Growth Programme

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Operations and Maintenance activities account for almost 25 per cent of the lifetime costs of a wind farm. Offshore wind farm operators are increasingly looking to the supply chain for innovative products and services to support their operation and maintenance activities, increase efficiency and productivity and reduce costs.

To realise this potential, the University of Hull and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult have joined forces to establish the national offshore wind Operations and Maintenance Centre of Excellence (OMCE) rooted in the Humber region.

Researchers at the University of Hull are working alongside the ORE Catapult’s technical specialists and innovation team, to deliver ground-breaking operations and management opportunities and success.

We are engaging with large and small companies in the offshore wind industry to define a roadmap for research and development and undertake a number of scoping studies before pursuing the most promising and impactful projects with industry partners.

Current scoping projects:  

·         Balance of Plant Condition Monitoring systems

·         Cable Management

·         Beyond Visual Line of sight, operation of Autonomous systems

·         Autonomous Vehicles for Tool and Part Delivery

·         Statutory Inspections

·         Localised Wave Forecasting

Establishing this kind of advanced supply-chain expertise is helping to drive forward the UK’s offshore wind industry, developing innovative techniques and products, services and technologies that will support health, safety and wellbeing as well as reducing the cost of operating and maintaining offshore wind farms.