Weather Windows for Floating Offshore Wind Operations
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The purpose of this master thesis is to examine the weather windows and the associated downtimes for several offshore locations in Spanish coastal waters. Weather windows are key for the installation of offshore wind farms and for its operation and maintenance. The right analysis could save a considerable amount of time and resources. I have developed this master thesis while working as an intern at X1 Wind. This company is designing a disruptive floating platform with the potential to make a step-change in floating offshore wind. The analysis has been conducted using the data provided by “Puertos del Estado”, a Governmental entity that collects and evaluates relevant Metocean information in Spanish waters. The results of the thesis prove that specific Metocean analysis is essential to develop costeffective offshore wind farms. It allows the identification of key tasks and when would they have to be performed to minimize the risk of delays and downtimes. This becomes even more relevant where the Metocean conditions are very adverse. Unfortunately, those places usually have better wind resources.
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