Planning and control of logistics for offshore wind farms

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  • B. Scholz-Reiter
  • M. Lütjen
  • J. Heger
  • A. Schweizer
Construction and utilization of offshore wind farms will increase within the next years. So far the first German offshore wind farm was constructed and put into operation by "Alpha Ventus". Experiences illustrate that bad weather conditions are the main cause for delays in transport, handling and installation of offshore wind farms. This can lead to extensive project delays of several months. The main objective of current logistical research activities is the robust design of planning and control methods for offshore installations. In this study, the basic conditions and existing disturbances of supply chains for offshore installations are analyzed. Based on these results, a planning and control concept will be introduced. Additionally, a mathematical model using mixed integer linear programming (MILP) is developed. It calculates the optimal installation schedule for offshore wind farms by observing different weather conditions. The model can be used to reduce vessel operation times in dependence on seasonal or up-to-date weather forecasts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Mathematical and Computational Methods - 12th WSEAS International Conference on Mathematical and Computational Methods in Science and Engineering, MACMESE'10
Number of pages6
PublisherWorld Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society - WSEAS
Publication date2010
ISBN (Print)978-960474243-1
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event12th WSEAS International Conference on Mathematical and Computational Methods in Science and Engineering - MACMESE 10 - Centro de Investigacao sobre Espaco e Organizacoes (CIEO), Faro, Portugal
Duration: 03.11.201005.11.2010
Conference number: 12