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The FP7 LEANWIND project addresses key targets of               • Nine inter-connected optimisation models for all life cycle
            both the European Wind and Transport Technology         phases and supply chain legs resulting in a holistic set of
            Platforms, with a focus on reducing the cost of         decision support tools applicable to port logistics, offshore
            offshore wind. The project aims to contribute to        and on-land transportation for the offshore wind industry.
cost reduction by seeking efficiencies across the wind farm
life-cycle. LEANWIND was awarded to a consortium of 31          • Various testing and validation exercises including
partners (52% from industry) from 11 countries and is led by        the remote presence prototype, the highwind blade
University College Cork, Ireland. The diverse team brings           installation system and the PLOCAN platform.
together experts from multiple sectors including oil and
gas, maritime, shipping and offshore wind industries with       • Holistic financial model considering business models and
representatives across the supply chain including                   risk; CAPEX and installation; OPEX; decommissioning;
developers, utilities, turbine suppliers, vessel owners,            and life-cycle assessment. These models are used in
shipbuilding, classification societies and academics.                combination with the logistics models to evaluate project
LEANWIND is a 4 year project which commenced in                     innovations and provide recommendations to define a
December 2013 and received funding of about €10million              roadmap for the offshore wind industry.
from the European Commission.
                                                                Therefore LEANWIND is committed to developing innovative
Core technical work examines practical ways of improving        techniques and technologies tailored to match current and
and developing technologies and strategies to optimise          medium term industry needs. These will contribute to cost
the deployment, maintenance and decommissioning of              reduction and EU competitiveness in specific niche markets
large-scale wind turbines. LEANWIND considers 5-8MW             related to offshore wind. ●
wind turbines using both fixed and floating substructures
to include long-term wind farm prospects. The transport,        Floating wind energy platform being tested
logistical and maintenance challenges associated with these
structures are addressed by developing novel approaches to
vessel design, vessel management, sub-structure alterations
and O&M strategies and streamlining logistics across each
project stage in order to reduce both capital (CAPEX) and
operational (OPEX) costs.

Key LEANWIND innovations include:

• Novel adaptations for fixed and floating substructures to                         The work described in this publication has
    improve installation efficiency and reduce costs. These                        received funding from the European Union
    designs incorporate innovative deployment and assembly                        Seventh Framework Programme under the
    strategies.                                                                   agreement SCP2-GA-2013-614020

• Development of installation vessel design for transport       Contact details:
    and installation of 8 no. 8MW turbines                      See our website or follow us on twitter
                                                                @LEANWINDFP7 for news and events.
• Service Operations Vessel Design to optimise O&M for far
    offshore sites

• Development of simulator based tools supporting concept
    design feasibility studies; the development of operational
    procedures and training of crews and operators.

• A remote presence prototype to monitor turbine condition
    to reduce the need for offshore maintenance work.

• For optimisation of O&M activities development of the
    following; O&M strategy optimisation models, a dynamic
    scheduling tool, failure/degradation models and an online
    system for condition monitoring and diagnosis/prognosis
    of faults in offshore wind turbines.
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