Optimisation under uncertainty of Operation and Maintenance of Large-scale Offshore Wind Farms

Research proposals

  • Research area

    Operations and remote autonomous monitoring

  • Institution

    Durham University

  • Research project

    Optimisation under uncertainty of Operation and Maintenance of Large-scale Offshore Wind Farms

  • Lead supervisor

    Dr Behzad Kazemtabrizi (Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, Durham University)

  • Supervisory Team

    Dr Behzad Kazemtabrizi (Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, Durham University)
    Dr Christopher Crabtree (Associate Professor – Wind Energy Systems, Durham University)

Project Description:

The UK’s share of offshore wind energy has been steadily increasing in recent years. There are already plans for developing large-scale offshore wind farms with capacities exceeding 1 GW. There is however still a degree of uncertainty over how to best maintain and operate the wind farms to remain cost competitive with conventional generation technologies. For example, larger turbines located farther offshore will be more difficult to access, and the operator might not always possess sufficient information to make the most economical decision relating to maintaining their assets. The aim of this research is to develop new methods for optimising operation and maintenance regimes for larger offshore wind farms when facing such drastic uncertainties in the available actionable information. The successful candidate will implement daily maintenance routines in from of stochastic decision problems, which will be optimised whilst taking into account an acceptable level of operability and reliability for the wind farm. They will join a thriving team of researchers at both PhD and Post-Doctoral levels already involved in relevant research projects. The outcome of this project will inform decision-making processes for years to come for efficient operation and maintenance of larger offshore wind farms paving the way for future developments.

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