The consortium releases a report documenting the impact assessment tool considering cost and LCA and capable of quantifying the benefits of applying effective O&M practices to optimise the CAPEX to OPEX ratio

In order to quantify the impact of the technological advancements that will qualify through the ROMEO project, the University of Strathclyde, one of the partners of the initiative, has issued a report documenting the impact assessment tool basing on a number of realistic scenarios that will be developed within the ROMEO consortium. It will be used in the coming months to correctly measure the effect of the different scenarios that will incorporate the solutions generated within the project compared to a baseline case.

The main features of this tool are its modularity, the incorporation of the most updated parametric equations, the high fidelity of evaluation of key cost components, a detailed evaluation of O&M costs and associated KPIs, consideration of uncertain inputs and finally the evaluation of environmental related KPIs.

The report, available on the deliverables section of the website, is linked to previous deliverables (D8.1 and D8.2) where the theoretical background of life cycle cost and environmental impact assessment tool modelling have been already presented. Thus, this new document focusses on the presentation of principles incorporated in this purpose-developed impact assessment model and associated tool.

The fundamentals of the Life Cycle Cost (LCC) module, which is the backbone of the impact assessment tool, the purpose-developed O&M module and the Environmental impact assessment module are discussed on the report. Furthermore, the interfaces of the different modules are presented, clearly listing the inputs and expected outputs. Finally, the report concludes with reference to next steps and future work that will link the work so far with consequent tasks of the project.

ROMEO Project (Reliable OM decision tools and strategies for high LCoE reduction on offshore wind) is a European initiative, backed by the European Horizon 2020 Programme, aimed to reduce the O&M costs of offshore wind installations through the development of advanced monitoring systems and strategies.

The innovations developed within the R&D project, which is entering on its fourth year, will be tested in three use cases managed by the wind farm operators of the following projects: Teeside (United Kingdom), Wikinger (Germany) and East Anglia ONE (United Kingdom).