2019-07-24
http://w3.windfair.net/wind-energy/news/31104-offshore-wind-industry-offshore-renewable-energy-catapult

Survey Reveals Interests of Offshore Wind Industry

Adopting data and digitalisation is one of the main concerns of the offshore wind sector

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The Digital Innovation Priorities Survey, commissioned by the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, has identified the biggest data and digital challenges currently facing the industry.

Almost all participants who took part in the research (94%) said there is a gap between the way in which the offshore wind industry currently operates, and how it should be operating in order to extract the full value from data and digital technologies. One third of the respondents (31%) also admitted to having a low or very low understanding of data and its potential for the sector.

Improving the way in which the offshore wind industry gathers and uses data, analytics and insights is seen as vital to the sector’s success and in achieving the ambitious growth targets set out in the recently announced joint UK Government-industry Sector Deal, which will see at least 30GW installed UK offshore capacity by 2030, creating 27,000 jobs.

Turbine data accessibility and an unwillingness for organisations to share data with each other were cited as two of the main bottlenecks the industry is currently contending with, along with a lack of digital capability to understand and analyse data and turn it into actionable insight. More than a third of people (37%) said the sharing of data needs to be encouraged, while one fifth (20%) said increasing the standardisation of data formats would help the sector to better understand and take advantage of the information being presented to them.

Dr Conaill Soraghan, Data & Digitalisation Team Leader at ORE Catapult, said: “However, this survey has revealed that there are significant challenges which exist around the effective management and usage of data. Data owners are struggling with data volume, modern digital technologies are not being exploited to process and analyse data, and many digital service providers are lacking awareness of, and access to, the offshore wind industry to develop solutions for the sector. Concepts and techniques in areas such as Big Data and Artificial Intelligence are yet to have an impact in offshore wind, and that’s something that needs to change if the sector is to embrace a more cost-effective future.”

Source:
ORE Catapult
Author:
Press Office
Keywords:
offshore, wind industry, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult




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