Decision support tool for offshore wind farm vessel routing under uncertainty

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This paper for the first time captures the impact of uncertain maintenance action times on vessel routing for realistic offshore wind farm problems. A novel methodology is presented to incorporate uncertainties, e.g., on the expected maintenance duration, into the decision-making process. Users specify the extent to which these unknown elements impact the suggested vessel routing strategy. If uncertainties are present, the tool outputs multiple vessel routing policies with varying likelihoods of success. To demonstrate the tool's capabilities, two case studies were presented. Firstly, simulations based on synthetic data illustrate that in a scenario with uncertainties, the cost-optimal solution is not necessarily the best choice for operators. Including uncertainties when calculating the vessel routing policy led to a 14% increase in the number of wind turbines maintained at the end of the day. Secondly, the tool was applied to a real-life scenario based on an offshore wind farm in collaboration with a United Kingdom (UK) operator. The results showed that the assignment of vessels to turbines generated by the tool matched the policy chosen by wind farm operators. By producing a range of policies for consideration, this tool provided operators with a structured and transparent method to assess trade-offs and justify decisions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages17
JournalEnergies
Volume11
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2018

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Offshore wind farms
Decision Support
Vessel
Routing
Uncertainty
Operator
Maintenance
Scenarios
Wind Turbine
Turbine
Synthetic Data
Wind turbines
Justify
Mathematical operators
Likelihood
Turbines
Assignment
Optimal Solution
Trade-offs
Decision making

Keywords

  • decision support
  • offshore wind energy
  • wind farms

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In: Energies, Vol. 11, No. 9, 21.08.2018.

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