April 17 (Renewables Now) - Oslo-based engineering company Aker Solutions ASA and its partner and Norwegian peer Cognite AS have been awarded a USD-2-million (EUR 1.8m) grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) for a technology project aimed at floating wind farms.
Their project, called NextWind Real Time Condition Monitoring, is aimed at the development of a holistic digital solution that will enable monitoring the condition of an offshore wind farm and its impact on the environment via live data streaming.
Aker and Cognite, an industrial software specialist, secured the grant as part of the CEC’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC), which seeks to fund research and projects designed to help develop next-generation wind energy technologies.
For this particular project, Aker and Cognite will develop a digital twin model of a physical offshore wind farms to assess conditions and integrity management. The real-time information will allow access and analysis of data to help reduce operating expenses and maintenance costs by improving production efficiencies, according to Aker.
The availability of this data will allow for additional understanding of environmental and wildlife impacts to help reduce mitigation, Aker said.
Aker is part of the consortium that in April 2018 was selected by the Redwood Coast Energy Authority to enter into a public-private partnership to develop a floating offshore wind project of 100 MW-150 MW. The Redwood Coast offshore wind project would be located more than 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) off the coast of Humboldt Bay in northern California.
The wind farm, which is expected to come online in the mid-2020s, will be used as a case study for the NextWind project.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.92)