System Control & Operation
The main goal of WP6 is to identify, adapt and develop methods to optimise operational aspects of arrays of wave and tidal devices. These include mainly operation & maintenance (O&M), control and condition monitoring of arrays. The methods and tools will enable project developers to optimise the performance at array level with regard to energy yield, environmental impact and O&M cost. The experience and methodologies from operating offshore wind farms as well as oil and gas infrastructure will be utilised for input into this project.
The specific objectives of this WP are to:
- characterise control and maintenance requirements for ocean energy arrays including all phases of the project lifetime,
- provide a comprehensive evaluation of different maintenance strategies based on cost and downtime.
- develop optimised control methods and requirements for arrays of ocean energy devices
- assemble algorithms for cost and environmental optimisation of array operation under different control and maintenance strategies.
- Best practice guidelines for offshore array monitoring with consideration of offshore wind and oil&gas experiences
- Evaluation according to costs, downtimes, etc. of different maintenance strategies
- Modelling of Operation and Maintenance impact on array operation
- Description of optimised array control approaches
- Algorithms for advanced condition monitoring including data processing, data storage, fault statistics and cost implications
- Report on environmental impacts of O&M algorithms for the final design tool development defined, tested, verified and documented