Background: In the coming years data can be collected and be readily available from satellite platforms which will aid in the optimisation of wind farm operations. Innovation examples include visual imaging, sea state monitoring, vessel movements and communications, and imaging in infrared and other wavelengths. Compared to monitoring buoys, satellite remote sensing enables imagery to be taken of turbines which can identify issues such as yaw misalignment. If combined with imaging of vessels, satellite remote sensing can allow for optimisation of vessel movement and management during operations and maintenance. Innovation: The latency of data and return rates of satellite remote sensing are rather slow at present. The time lag between data collection and presentation to the relevant client means that the data may not be of as much use or value by the time it reaches the client. The cost of satellite data streams are also far more expensive than the use of buoys at present. Cost reductions are likely to be driven by greater private sector involvement in the space sector. Alignment is also required between the offshore wind Industry/SMEs and satellite owners to determine the best use cases of satellites sensing which will maximise value to the offshore wind Industry/SMEs at a competitive cost.
Type of Entry: Innovation Area
Requires implementation offshore: Yes
Start TRL: TRL 5
Target TRL: TRL 9
Beneficiary: Owner Operators
Strategic Outcome: Maximising operational performance of existing wind farms
Forecast Start: 2022
Forecatest Finish: 2025
Potential to Reduce LCOE: Medium
UK Benefit: Medium
Case for Intervention: Medium
HSE impact: Low
HSE impact notes: Could provide better wave height forecasting which can minimise unsafe CTV transfer risks.