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Digital twin for offshore wind sector

Tuesday, 06 Nov 2018

Classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) and the United Kingdom’s Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, a research and innovation centre, have committed to develop a digital twin of ORE Catapult’s 7-MW Levenmouth Offshore Wind Demonstration Turbine in Fife, Scotland. The digital twin will be based on BV’s Veristar AIM 3D Asset Integrity Management system.

The digital twin will be developed based on the ORE Catapult’s 7-MW Levenmouth Offshore Wind Demonstration Turbine in Fife, Scotland

Wind farm operation and maintenance accounts for about 40% of total capex and opex, BV said, and digital twins can improve operation and maintenance performance by combining real-life turbine operating data with numerical modelling to improve understanding and enable a risk-based approach to maintenance. This, in turn, improves safety, cuts the risk of unplanned downtime and saves money.   
The agreement between BV and ORE Catapult will result in a digital twin including 2D and 3D representations of the Levenmouth turbine in which post-processed supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), condition monitoring data and manually collected inspection information can be combined into one unified database. The aim is to present this data to the turbine operator as intuitively as possible, to provide a clear understanding of the turbine’s condition and any possible risks to smooth operation. The digital twin will therefore support effective decision-making and ultimately reduce costs.