Offshore wind farm operations are hugely affected by weather conditions. Finding the right weather windows and suitable sea states is a challenge and often it’s a race against time to finish the operations within safe conditions. Radac explains how real-time wave data can help.
The weather has a huge role to play in offshore wind farming; windy conditions increase energy output, a calm temperament is the ideal time for planning in any maintenance to keep downtime to a minimum with easy and safe turbine access, for example.
Yet, too much wind and stormy seas can be hugely detrimental to a turbine’s performance, raising the potential for damage and making access to the site challenging.
Predicting the weather and accurate forecasting is therefore vital in an industry that is so reliant on it, be it in terms of output or maintenance.