Aura of Offshore Wind Round 2

Aura of Offshore Wind Round 2

This page gives further information about Round 2 of the Aura of Offshore Wind game, which was developed by researchers at the Aura Centre for Doctoral Training.

Collaborate with stakeholders

There are many stakeholders for an offshore wind farm. Examples include: The Crown Estate, National Grid, the fishing industry, the British Port Association, and local communities.

Ensure continuous energy supply

The wind does not blow all the time, hence, energy harnessed by a turbine is not constant and fluctuates. Energy intermittency is a key challenge for energy from sustainable sources as it does not always coincide with energy demand.

Prevent motion sickness

Motion sickness can be reduced by monitoring the vessel motion but also by improving training, regulating the diet and monitoring the weather before leaving for site.

Prevent turbine components failure

Each component is designed for certain operating conditions and for a certain operating life. Robust maintenance is required to prevent failures, and monitoring is a key element of this maintenance.

Reduce energy loss

Wakes cause downstream turbines to produce less energy. Design plays a big part to minimise this loss, from morphing blades to wind farm layout to wake steering via yaw misalignment.

Reduce impacts from the environment

The harsh marine environment can make it challenging for offshore wind farms compared to other renewable energy and the unpredictability of the environment adds complexity to all wind farm stages.

Reduce impacts on the environment

Considering all possible biological and ecological impacts of a wind farm is a significant requirement to ensure that the environment is protected.

An underwater image of a turtle swimming in the sea, with seaweed underneath and waves breaking above

Reduce manufacturing inefficiencies

No manufacturing process is perfect. All processes will have places where time, person-power or materials, and ultimately money is wasted. To reduce losses, inefficiencies need to be reduced.

Sparks fly from a welder involved in manufacturing wind turbine equipment

Select materials for the wind farm

Materials play a key role in the ecological footprint of a wind farm. Tower and foundation materials require high temperatures to process. Blades require toxic chemicals and materials which cannot be recycled.

Illustration showing wind turbine features

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