Smart@Sea break-out session about wind energy

offshore windenergie, IoT, Big Data, Industrie 4.0, digitalisering, ICT

This session, which takes place on 20 April at Greenbridge Oostende, about digitalisation in the offshore wind energy sector will join players from the ICT industry - more specifically internet-of-things, IoT - and offshore energy players to reveal their mutual synergies. OWI-Lab and some project partners will also be present to contribute in function of the VIS-OWOME project.

Digital innovation can play an important role in reducing production costs in the offshore energy industry. In case of wind energy it ensures e.g. optimisation of windmill operation and maintenance. 

Opportunities of digitalisation

This break-out session explains the opportunities of digitalisation at different levels in the value chain. From sensors & monitoring, data acquisition & transmission, data processing & analysis to servitisation (i.e. selling services instead of or together with products). 

The first essential step is generating reliable data, not just from a physical environment, but also from performance parameters and the history of loads. Real-time data collection generates a flood of information in different formats. Automated data storage and processing are required to process these flows of information. 

Data integration and analysis can be accelerated by intelligent and efficient data processing, for example through machine learning and data mining. It also facilitates the decision-making process. Automatic reporting makes it possible to avoid breakdowns because, for instance, anomalies can be detected at an early stage. 

What Smart@Sea has in store

The session on 20 April will give you a privileged insight in the latest technological hardware and new sensor prototypes. In addition, traditional big data factories and the added value of innovating datawarehouse architectures are explained. 

A case study about servitisation illustrates how datamining service providers assist and advise wind turbine operators on the basis of long-term structural health monitoring data on their way to the most optimal setting for operation and maintenance.  

Finally, attention is paid to (digitalisation) lessons learned which will affect the design of existing or future parks. A short brainstorming with the audience about how wind turbine parks should be built and operated in 2050 will also be held. 

More information is available here.