According to the International Energy agency (IEA), global offshore wind capacity is projected to increase fifteenfold to 2040, becoming a $1 trillion industry over the next two decades. Reliable communication is essential if the industry is to grow as expected.
Given the urgent need for low cost, low carbon energy sources, there is a strong socio-economic case for using 5G to optimise the performance of wind farms. The complex and dynamic nature of air currents means that real-time data is essential to optimise the performance of a wind farm. therefore, connectivity (and the data it captures) can have a major impact on the amount of energy produced, and ultimately the cost per watt of that energy.
Industrial-strength connectivity can support innovative maintenance approaches, such as drone inspections and AR-enabled head-mounted displays (HMDs) used by field technicians. It’s high capacity for data means that the angle of each turbine can be optimised to increase the output of the overall wind farm – a process known as wake steering, a solution that will enable turbines to be sited closer together, increasing their overall energy production.
The Scotland 5G Centre is currently opening a series of 5G `’Connect Hubs’ across Scotland and so joining the Forth Valley and Dumfries hubs, Aberdeen 5G Connect Hub will open in the summer and will focus on the energy sector offering a range of services to companies operating in both traditional oil & gas and renewables, including offshore wind.
With this in mind, JET Engineering System Solutions LTD will share with us their exciting new ‘`floating’ connectivity technology and share with us how that could have a transformational impact on the operation of offshore wind farms.
Please join us for this exciting event and please do bring your lunch!
12:15 – Welcome & Housekeeping
12:20 – Introductions; Tom Marchbanks, Business Engagement Manager, Forth Valley S5GConnect Hub.
12:25 – Connected Off Shore Wind: How 5G can turbo-charge wind energy – James Thomas, CEO, JET Engineering System Solutions LTD
12:45 – Q&A
13:00 – Close