UK to build offshore wind database

Greater Gabbard is one of a quartet of UK offshore projects that came on line last year

Greater Gabbard developers RWE and SSE are among Sparta's backers

A major cost-reduction scheme focusing on boosting wind turbine reliability and output has been launched in the UK by the government-backed Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult.

The Sparta (System Performance, Availability and Reliability Trend Analysis) project, kick-started by £850,000 ($1.4m) from ORE Catapult and the UK Crown Estate, will create a bank for “anonymised” offshore wind farm performance and maintenance information to help developers spot “operational improvements and cost reduction opportunities”.

The database, supported by developers Centrica, RWE, SSE, Statkraft and Statoil, will initially cover UK wind farms but is designed to be expanded to include international projects.

“Working in close collaboration with The Crown Estate and other key organisations in the offshore renewables sector will enable us to speed up the delivery, commercialisation and Log in to read complete article.

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