“We are undertaking fundamental research into how these effects manifest themselves within the technicians, and impact upon the technicians’ health and well-being.”
The collaboration involves seven partners from across Europe, including the University of Hull, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, SMC Ltd, Dutch research institutes MARIN and ECN, and BMO Offshore, a data service provider to the offshore wind industry.
The partners estimate that if, by 2020, this solution is applied across the currently installed fleet of 1,300 Siemens 3.6MW wind turbine generators, revenue could increase by €11m per annum.
Pete Lloyd of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy said: “This kind of innovative approach to problem solving is key to the UK Government’s Industrial and Clean Growth Strategies and will be an important tenet of the offshore wind Sector Deal currently being developed by the offshore wind industry.”
Gijs Struijk, Head of Maritime Operations at MARIN, said: “Unique to this project is the way that operational data is used to supplement our models of vessel behaviour.
“Together with the University of Hull’s research on physiological and psychological factors, this project is able to achieve comprehensive and accurate modelling of the impact of every voyage.”