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Scots simulate North Sea winds

There are plans to test the use of a digital twin on an offshore wind turbine off the Scottish coast. In doing so, the operators hope to significantly reduce inspections and cut costs.

15 Dec. 2018
Scots simulate North Sea winds (Picture: Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore, SAS)

The test will be carried out on the Levenmouth offshore wind demonstration turbine off the Scottish peninsula Fife. Bureau Veritas , a world-leading inspection, classification and certification company headquartered in Paris, and UK wind turbine manufacturer Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult) aim to build a digital twin to reduce the number of unplanned shutdowns to zero. They also plan to reduce maintenance to the absolute minimum, as according to ORE Catapult every inspection brings the risk of causing technical problems in the system.

Operation and maintenance of a wind turbine account for about 40% of total costs. An unplanned outage can incur costs of £10,000 (over €11,000) per day per turbine due to loss of revenue, repairs and the shipping charter. To prevent this, the planned digital twin will continuously be supplied with automatically and manually obtained real-time turbine data. Bureau Veritas and ORE Catapult are cooperating with the French company Dassault Systèmes to develop the Veristar AIM 3D Asset Integrity Management software.