The wind energy sector has ambitious targets to supply 20% of Europe's electricity by 2020 and increase installed capacity to 230GW (40GW offshore). In addition to meeting these goals, the industry must also ensure offshore wind is and remains competitive, particularly as wind farms move further offshore into deeper waters. The industry therefore needs to examine all aspects of the wind farm life cycle to determine where efficiencies can be achieved.
Jean-Claude GASCARD
Email: jga[a]
Project Topic EU contribution Duration From
N° 614020 FP7-OCEAN-2013-4
Service for offshore wind farms
€9,986,231 48 months December 2013
Ireland (Coordinator), Norway, Spain, Denmark, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Greece, Belgium, Portugal, Turkey
LEANWIND will address industry challenges such as delivering innovative and cost-effective deployment, operations, maintenance and decommissioning of large-scale offshore wind farms and the associated transport, logistics and equipment needs. The project aims to provide savings across the supply chain, focusing on areas requiring cost reductions to achieve 2020 targets. Key objectives include the following:

i) Streamline the deployment and installation of large-scale turbines (both fixed and floating).

ii) Help meet demand for purpose-built installation and servicing vessels and equipment.
iii) Optimise maintenance strategies and develop
novel access systems and equipment.

iv) Develop remote presence and condition
monitoring systems to reduce on-site

v) Optimise full supply-chain logistics including
on-land transport links.

vi) Develop new business models at European
level for large offshore systems.

vii) Identify industry specific safety procedures
for installation and maintenance activities.
LEANWIND will develop technologies and strategies tailored to help solve current and future industry issues. It will produce integrated tools for full life cycle cost and logistical analysis to determine the benefits of project innovations. The LEANWIND dissemination plan ensures that project outcomes will be shared with the wind, vessel and offshore/marine sectors with dedicated showcase events and briefings as part of major vessel and wind energy events. The high level industry participation and the set-up of an Industry Advisory Group will ensure that the findings will be directly exploited by industry. The inclusion of traditional Oil and Gas (O&G) expertise in the consortium will also promote knowledge transfer from the O&G sector to the offshore wind industry.
The LEANWIND consortium is diverse and multidisciplinary with the experience required to meet the dual energy/transport focus and extensive research scope of the project. The consortium will apply 'lean' principles to the offshore wind industry to streamline processes and find cost and time efficiencies, helping bridge the gap between current costs and industry aspirations. Technologies, tools and strategies will be developed and validated using real-life projects and case studies. Project outputs will then be integrated and evaluated in order to provide recommendations for optimal, cost-effective wind farm systems making the most of the innovation.
LEANWIND European Added Value:
LEANWIND will contribute to the EU vision for a competitive low carbon economy by 2050, enhancing Europe's energy security and leadership in the sector by improving efficiency and reducing the costs of large-scale offshore wind farm developments in the short to medium term. The project will enable the industry to become cost-competitive with fossil fuels and reduce the reliance on subsidies. LEANWIND will also accelerate the market access of new innovative tools and technologies and contribute to developing niche markets, particularly specialised offshore wind farm installation and servicing vessels. It is expected to boost market growth and thus help increase gross domestic product and promote job creation.