JFMS supports leading academics on innovative offshore wind project.

JFMS will collaborate with University of Strathclyde and University of Exeter on research project having secured significant funding from SUPERGEN Wind Hub.

This partnership combines JFMS’ expertise in offshore wind management with novel forecasting methodology research being undertaken by leading academics.

Offshore wind energy is crucial to the de-carbonisation of energy worldwide – with ambitious plans in the UK to reduce offshore wind costs by 29% by 2026. An independent study by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has revealed the impact improved crew access to turbines would have on achieving the government’s ambitions  ̶  predicting it could shave £15 million from the operating costs of an offshore wind farm.

The Offshore Renewables Accessibility for Crew transfer, Loss Estimation & Safety (ORACLES) project, led by University of Strathclyde academic Dr. David McMillan, aims to solve this challenge by developing a new methodology which enables an operator to accurately forecast both the upside of a marginal-weather crew transfer in tandem with careful quantification of the safety risk to any personnel involved.  

Martin Dronfield, director of strategy and business development at JFMS, said:

“I’m delighted by the potential which this shared project will bring. This journey began with OWMS® which, as an idea, was conceived about five years ago when we presented our work at the 2013 EEEGR Innovation Awards. Since then it has grown from desktop concept to a highly-respected industry tool, being used by three of the major offshore wind developers including Innogy and EON."

John Best, special projects consultant at JFMS, said:

“This project continues to build on our strong and practical links with University of Strathclyde and University of Exeter, building on input from the University of East Anglia. In doing so, we’re creating highly-skilled expertise to deliver services to the offshore wind industry with increased safety and reduced costs.”

The involvement of JFMS provides researchers with access to a real operational ‘test bed’ at offshore wind farm sites around the UK which will help shape the product and, if successful, lead to its commercialisation in the future.

Professor Lars Johanning, co-investigator on the ORACLES project and an expert in Ocean Technology from the University of Exeter, said:

“This collaborative offshore wind energy project will explore novel access forecasting methodology which enables safe crew transfer with careful quantification of risk to human life and economic impacts. It joins novel ideas to address critical design criteria allowing the economic realisation of renewable energy generation in a harsh ocean environment.”  

Lars is well known to JFMS having helped to develop some of the software and processes underpinning its innovative marine economic risk management aid, Mermaid®. His team will contribute to the project through advances of an offshore marine management optimization strategy tool, currently developed within a JFMS partnership. 

The ORACLES project has been made possible due to JFMS holding a seat on the Industry Advisory Board (IAB) of the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Wind & Marine Energy Systems at University of Strathclyde.