/  December 01, 2013  -  November 30, 2017


Logistic Efficiencies And Naval architecture for Wind Installations with Novel Developments









University College Cork (Coordinator), Community Of European Shipyards ASsociations, Electricite De France S.A., University Of Hull, Ships And Maritime Equipment ASsociation Of Europe, University Of Portsmouth Higher Education Corporation, Rappel Enterprises Limited - Arklow Marine Services, Gavin And Doherty Geosolutions Ltd, Norsk Automatisering AS, Offshore Wind ASsistance Nv, Cork Institute Of Technology, Acciona Infraestructuras S.A., Maersk Training Svendborg AS, Iberdrola Renovables Energia SA, Sintef Energi AS, Consorcio Para El Diseno, Construccion, Equipamiento Y Explotacion De La Plataforma Oceanica De Canarias, Delta Denizcilik Muhendislik Ve Bilgisayar SAnayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi, Edp Inovacao SA, Lloyd's Register Emea Ips, Norsk Marinteknisk Forskningsinstitutt AS, National Technical University Of Athens, Aalborg Universitet, A2Sea A/S, The University Of Edinburgh, Vasco Gallega Sociedad De Cartera Sl, Force Technology, Haven Oostende Autonoom Gemeentelijk Havenbedrijf, European Wind Energy ASsociation, 1-Tech, B9 Energy O&M Limited, Kongsberg Maritime AS
Funding  European Commission (FP7)
Duration 01.12.2013 - 30.11.2017
Scientists Jochen Giebhardt, Boris Fischer, Stefan Faulstich



Operation & Maintenance, condition monitoring, fault statistics and new control approaches for offshore wind turbines and offshore wind farms; knowledge integration within the project.



LEANWIND (Logistic Efficiencies And Naval architecture for Wind Installations with Novel Developments) seeks to apply lean principles to the offshore wind farm project lifecycle. The primary LEANWIND objective is to provide cost reductions across the offshore wind farm lifecycle and supply chain through the application of lean principles and the development of state of the art technologies and tools. The offshore wind industry in existing near shore shallow sites has yet to become cost competitive with traditional forms of energy while new sites are being planned for greater distances from shore or deeper water bringing new challenges. The offshore wind industry has not yet applied lean principles to the logistical operations of the wind farm in all stages of the lifecycle as proposed by the LEANWIND project.

“Lean” principles were originally developed by Toyota to optimise the processes of manufacturing industries; these principles of optimisation and efficiency have subsequently been adopted by many other industries to remove wasteful stages and streamline processes. This new “lean” paradigm will be applied to each of the critical project stages: logistical processes, shore-based transport links, port and staging facilities, vessels, lifting equipment, safety and O&M.

The LEANWIND approach will ensure that unnecessarily complex or wasteful stages of the development process are removed, flow between the required stages is streamlined, quality is enhanced and thus overall cost and time efficiency improved to enable the industry to bridge the gap between current costs and industry cost aspirations. Properly applied, lean management will improve quality, reliability and H&S standards across the project supply chain and throughout the wind farm lifecycle.