Creating a good planning tool for maintaining wind farms is not easy, as the specific offshore weather conditions prevent the wind turbines from being accessible at all times. The OPAL project aims to gain more insight into the environmental factors in order to develop a new planning tool.
Apr 2021 - Mar 2023
DBC project

The OPAL project aims to create a better planning of maintenance works by gaining more insight into the environmental factors. That information can then be used by the partners to better organise the boat trips to the wind turbines and deploy maintenance personnel more efficiently.

This research project aims to develop an algorithm that can predict when offshore structures will be accessible. It takes into account elements such as the weather, the type of vessel, the captain’s profile, the wind farm’s topology, the landing location and the shipping routes.

On the basis of these accessibility data, a new optimised planning tool will be developed for offshore maintenance works and the partners will have a better image of the requirements vessels for personnel transport must meet.

The ultimate goal of the project is to reduce the operational costs of exploiting a wind farm and thus strengthen the competitive position of the consortium partners.

Partners: e-Bo Enterprises, MULTI.engineering, GEOxyz and dotOcean.

With the support of: VLAIO (Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship)

Contact: Stefaan Mensaert

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