Posters - WindEurope Annual Event 2024

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We would like to invite you to come and see the posters at our upcoming conference. The posters will showcase a diverse range of research topics, and will give delegates an opportunity to engage with the authors and learn more about their work. Whether you are a seasoned researcher or simply curious about the latest developments in your field, we believe that the posters will offer something of interest to everyone. So please join us at the conference and take advantage of this opportunity to learn and engage with your peers in the academic community. We look forward to seeing you there!

PO241: MAREWIND, solutions for cost reduction and improvement of the service life of offshore wind farms.

Marta Mateo, EU project Coordinator, LUREDERRA TECHNOLOGICAL CENTER


The next generation of large offshore wind energy generators and tidal power generators needs improvements to solve challenges related to materials, coatings and multi-material architectures to increase operational performance and allow an appreciable reduction of the overall cost: capital expenditure, running and maintenance costs. Corrosion and fatigue are the main mechanisms of deterioration in offshore structures affected by severe environmental factors such as extended periods of wetness, UV-radiation, abrasion and erosion, which eventually accelerate corrosion rates. In addition to productivity loss from repair operations, maintenance costs are extremely high due to several factors, including the logistics of getting technicians and materials to the job site, along with limited access to the structures and a difficult working environment influenced by harsh offshore weather conditions. Operations and Maintenance (O&M) account for approximately 25% of the costs of offshore wind farms. The MAREWIND project, funded by Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission, addresses the main aspects related to the durability and maintenance of the different materials used in offshore wind power plants. Long term problems derived from material degradation include plant failures, additional resources required for maintenance and a loss of energy efficiency, which lowers their economic efficiency. Moreover, by enhancing the materials' durability, recyclability and reduce maintenance in offshore structures, the project will contribute to a more sustainable model for the offshore wind sector.

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