Aker Solutions, Cognite get California grant for floating wind farm monitoring project

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Grant will be used to develop digital solution to monitor condition of floating wind farm. Credit: Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions and Cognite have secured a $2m grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to develop a solution for monitoring an offshore floating wind farm.

Under the project named called NextWind Real Time Condition Monitoring, the two companies will focus on advanced solutions in wind through digitalization.

A digital solution will be developed to monitor the condition of an offshore floating wind farm through live data streaming.

The solution is also expected to enable to assess floating turbine’s impact on the environment.

To develop the solution, the two companies will a digital twin model of physical offshore wind assets to assess conditions and integrity management.

Redwood Coast floating wind project to be used as case study

The Redwood Coast Offshore Wind Project will be used as a case study for the project undertaken by Aker Solutions and Cognite.

In April 2018, the Redwood Coast Energy Authority selected a consortium to enter into a public-private partnership to pursue the development of the proposed 100-150MW floating offshore wind farm.

Aker Solutions was one of the member of the consortium.

Expected to come online in the mid 2020’s, the floating offshore wind farm is planned to be located more than 30 kilometers off the coast of Humboldt Bay.

Aker Solutions and Cognite have received the grant as part of the California Energy Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC).

The program offers grants for companies pursuing to projects develop next-generation wind energy technologies.

“We look forward to employing Cognite Data Fusion to this project to help revolutionize the wind market in California through data liberation and contextualization,” said Dr. John Markus Lervik, chief executive officer and co-founder of Cognite.

“We believe applying new digital technologies is key to accelerating the green transition and increasing adoption of sustainable solutions in offshore wind by making them more cost-effective and efficient.”