According to the guidelines of the International Association of Classification Societies, SOIC provides statistical data and analysis results for offshore wind farms. This can provide a feasibility assessment for the offshore wind farm, and can also be used as a reference during of the construction and maintenance period.
SOIC utilizes the data simulated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to analyze the marine environmental data for each offshore wind farm site. Three weather window scenarios were assumed based on the report of the maintenance plan for the NL7 wind farm in the North Sea. An evaluation and calculation of the time to repair (TTR) and the waiting time was carried out, as well as a statistical analysis for the workable days duration of 24, 48 and 168 hours. In the assessment of the marine transportation, the extreme wave height was calculated by the simulated data according to the DN·VGL guideline. The report was approved by DNV for marine transportation. With reference to the maintenance categories of European countries , the marine safety and maintenance strategy was studied and customized for the domestic company.
According to DNV-GL for maritime transport regulations (6.7.5), the probability of encountering an extreme value of wind speed or significant wave height during a particular transport that is reached or exceeded once on average for every transport is 0.1.
Weibull cumulative frequency distribution
SOIC cooperates with the offshore wind energy policy to conduct the Wind Resource Assessment Project. The red area in the figure below is the actual offshore wind farm to be evaluated. The Taipower met mast will be used correlated with the long term met mast for Wind Resource Assessment.
1. Wind Data Correction and Flagging
Erroneous measurement data should be corrected or flagged. After flagging we clearly report on the percentage of data that can be used.
2. Measure Correlate Predict
Often there is only short term data available at the site (minimum of 1 year). In these cases correlation is often made with a long term met mast (>10 years of data). This procedure is called Measurement Correlate Predict (MCP).
The results can be plotted according to different wind directions, time, seasons or different wind speeds.
3. Vertical Conversion
If measurements are taken at different heights the shear exponents can be calculated. This is done by plotting the mean wind speeds at different heights and fit a power curve to the data: 𝑉=𝑉0(ℎ/ℎ0)^𝛼
V= the wind speed at height ℎ
V0=the wind speed at height h0
α=the shear exponent
Another method that can be used is a log-law fit.
The exponents and the power law equation can then be used to translate the wind speeds to hub height.
4. Wind Resource Map
After acquiring the map data, contour data, roughness data and wind data with MCP of the wind farm from the database, the Wind Resource Map can be obtained by calculation.
In order to achieve the objectives of the “Four-year Wind Power Promotion Plan” of our government, the SOIC assists local industry to establish capabilities of maritime construction and maintenance to enhance the added value of the industry and promote the international standing and competitiveness.
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