Equinor, Masdar and ORE Catapult to share floating offshore wind data

29 November 2019 (Last Updated December 2nd, 2019 10:18)

Norwegian company Equinor and UAE-based Masdar have partnered with UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult to share floating offshore wind data.

Equinor, Masdar and ORE Catapult to share floating offshore wind data
Drone photo of the Hywind Scotland floating wind farm. Credit: Øyvind Gravås / Woldcam – Equinor ASA.

Norwegian company Equinor and UAE-based Masdar have partnered with UK’s ffshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult to share floating offshore wind data.

As a result of this new partnership, operational data from the floating offshore wind farm Hywind Scotland will be available on ORE Catapult’s platform for operational data (POD) service.

Designed to present comprehensive data sets from offshore wind sites across the UK, the POD service will help improve understanding of offshore wind farms operations in real-world conditions.

The data will include information about the motions of the floating wind turbine, as well as loads in the mooring system and environmental data. It can be accessed for free from the POD data-sharing platform and used for supply chain businesses and academia.

ORE Catapult Operational Performance director Chris Hill said: “The inclusion of free-to-use operational data from Hywind Scotland will be a great addition to our POD service, and greatly enhance our offering to our users.

“Our POD service was the first to offer, for a nominal charge, open-access data sets from our operational offshore turbine based at Levenmouth for the benefit of the wider industry, academic and research communities, and we hope to expand the data sets available in the future.”

Subscribers of Equinor, Masdar and ORE Catapult will be able to access data from one of Hywind Scotland’s five turbines.

Through this new partnership, the companies aim to drive innovation in floating offshore wind and better engage industry, academia and the offshore wind supply chain in the UK and global market.

Equinor Floating Wind Development head Sebastian Bringsværd said: “This initiative shows Equinor’s strong commitment to supporting dissemination and education in the UK and abroad, as well as providing a platform for collaboration across the floating wind supply chain.

“Floating offshore wind is a cornerstone in our renewable strategy to become an offshore wind major and we believe this technology will play a key role in delivering the UK’s Sector Deal and decarbonisation goals.”