SPARTA system should help reducing costs

Wednesday, 15 July, 2015 - 08:00

All ten of the UK’s offshore wind farm owner/operators have signed an agreement committing to SPARTA. SPARTA provides anonymously shared data on a wide range of operational issues such as system downtime, repair interventions, weather conditions and crew transfers.

SPARTA (System Performance, Availability and Reliability Trend Analysis) is a collaborative project with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and The Crown Estate. With currently over half of the total installed capacity of operational UK offshore wind farms inputting data into the system, the SPARTA project provides, for the first time, anonymously shared data on a wide range of operational issues such as system downtime, repair interventions, weather conditions and crew transfers.

Following a successful year-long pilot phase, the owner/operators have recognised the significant benefits that SPARTA can deliver, including increasing investor confidence and reducing costs. The insights allow owner/operators to benchmark their own performance, enabling them to focus on specific areas for improvement and identify measures to boost availability, reliability and the performance of turbines. It is estimated that a 1 % industry wide improvement in turbine availability arising as a consequence of SPARTA could meet the energy requirements of an additional 31,000 homes.

ORE Catapult’s Innovation Engineering and Programmes Director Chris Hill commented: “The pilot phase of the project has been extremely successful, and the feedback from owner/operators is that the platform is already helping them to make more informed decisions about the way they operate and manage their offshore installations. The fact that all of the owner/operators have recognised the benefits of participating in SPARTA, and have committed to its further development, is great news for the sector as it strives for further reductions in risk and cost.”

Also Huub den Rooijen at The Crown Estate welcomed the news saying: “Collaborative systems like SPARTA have been used for years in the offshore oil and gas industry to optimise asset performance, and SPARTA is a great example of how the offshore wind industry is maturing by learning from best practice elsewhere.

Katharina Garus

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