Decision supporting tool for the lifecycle logistics of ocean energy arrays
This paper describes a methodology for the development of a numerical tool for the lifecycle logistics optimization of ocean energy arrays. Within the frame of the DTOcean European project, an innovative approach to select the best combination of ports, vessels and associated equipment, for supporting all phases of a wave and tidal energy farm, is discussed. The methodology consists of a suite of appropriate algorithms that ranks the ports and vessels with the objective of having a logistic solution minimizing the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE). A set of preliminary results illustrating the use of thr lifecycle logistics tool is also provided.