Project Funded by
European Union

Knowledge Bank

General description about 'Knowledge Bank - Edition 1' 
 
 

Under assistance to First Offshore Wind Project of India (FOWPI) funded by European Union (EU), the development of a ‘Knowledge Bank’ portal aims to establish a single window access to all the stakeholders who seek information on Offshore wind energy industry. This knowledge centre will cover the information about:

Latest offshore wind technologies | International policies and regulatory frameworks | Identification of key stakeholders across India and Europe | Permits and Approvals | Bulk cargo logistics | Environmental Impact Assesment | Heavy duty equipment for offshore submarine work | Data requirements to plan an offshore wind energy project, activities involved etc.

General description about the sub-headers and their respective importance is as follows:

  1. Design, Engineering &Technical Database: comprises of information with regard to various technical advances in terms of:

  • Wind Resource Assessment- covers the basic methodology about Offshore WRA and about various tools and techniques from traditional instruments to latest LIDAR/SONAR technology while estimating the potential.
     
  • Foundations and Structures- contains information pertaining to various types of foundations like monopile, gravity based, jacket type, tripods, High Rise Pile Cap (HRPC) or for latest floating type designs etc.
     
  • Sub-Stations- This segment illustrates about both manned Offshore and Onshore type of sub-stations used for evacuating power from the offshore windfarm to the grid on the mainland. In case of offshore SS, this will include important sections involved in setting up an Offshore SS along with its structure, cabling, switchgear transformers and safety in offshore environment. The section also describes about the arrangements for stay of offshore staff and their safety security aspects.
     
  • Sub-marine Cabling- presents the information pertaining to various power evacuation approaches, submarine cabling and their associated engineering either in form of AC or DC depending upon the economy and size of the project.
     
  • SCADA and Communication- This section covers the brief information in regards to international standards pertaining to network & communication for offshore wind power projects and their compliance. This section holds greater importance because of difficult access to the offshore WTGs in a wind farm, ease in operation maintenance and data security.
     
  • Marine and Ports- This covers the information pertaining to the requirements and infrastructure at the ports that will be required for developing an offshore wind farm and their respective O&M.
     
  • Jack Vessels & associated equipment – Jack Vessels are the specially designed and most important part of the equipment required in setting up offshore wind turbines, in laying foundations and erecting heavy offshore structures. This section also presents the information about different types of vessels being used in the offshore industry, methods of stabilizing them on the sea bed and use of related equipment in moving and positioning heavy duty equipment and structures in sub-marine environment.
     
  • O&M aspects- This covers the information on best industry practice and approaches in O&M of offshore wind farms and the latest tools and techniques involved. This will include remote condition monitoring, predictive and preventive maintenance techniques, use of IT platforms and big data in effective O&M and control of large wind farms.
     
  1. Stakeholder Profiles: This section covers the information about different stakeholders who can come together with their core competencies as a consortium to develop, implement, own and operate large Offshore windfarms. It contains the division-wise contact details about the stakeholders who are involved in offshore wind energy sector or could be prospective stakeholder. The knowledge bank also contains the information on the role of state actors and policy makers in enabling offshore projects and engagement with the private sectors.

  2. Procedure and Permits: This section is considered as one of the important pillars to this knowledge bank. It will contain the information pertaining to permits involved in setting up of an offshore wind farm and its respective procedure to be followed for acceptance by the key stakeholders. These permits could be in respect to wind turbine testing procedures, environmental consents, standards and certification of various tools and techniques, approvals from various ministries for tele-communication, naval transportation, working with heavy marine vessels etc.

  3. Data Bank: The objective here is to collect & present the information about-

  • Listing of various offshore wind farms across the globe
  • Collation of different types and class of offshore wind turbine models available in the market and also which got retired
  • Listing of various satellite data sources or open data sets available for Indian continent
  • Showcasing of at least three case-studies or experiences about offshore wind farm projects
  • Identification of risks pertaining to Technological, Financial, Environmental and Safety aspects in a project life cycle. This shall include at least three risks assessments in each category.
  • Answer to the queries raised by various players during the meetings, workshops or public hearings
  1. Policy and Regulations: The objective is to collate the information on the prevailing framework and regulations under which offshore project development is taking place in different European countries. This includes measures such as tendering and bidding of offshore blocks, FiT mechanism (Feed-in-Tariff), Power Evacuation arrangements etc. This will help the stakeholders in better understanding of the mechanism followed in various European countries and their possible implementation for Indian conditions.

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