Quantitative Modelling to Estimate Offshore Wind Farm Maintenance Costs

  • McMillan, David (Principal Investigator)
  • Dinwoodie, Iain Allan (Researcher)
  • Ault, Graham (Co-investigator)
  • Quail, Francis (Co-investigator)

Project: Internally funded project

Project Details


The project will investigate the major contributors to cost of operation and maintenance (O&M). This will be achieved via literature review and quantitative modeling, making use of publically available reliability, downtime and turbine component cost data. Particularly important in the offshore case is the cost of crane vessels and specialized labour, since these are both currently at a premium and likely to push up the economic risk of large offshore projects. Consideration will also have to be given to sea state and resultant knock on effect on access constraints and logistics.
Effective start/end date30/09/1030/09/13

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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