Offshore Wind Energy - Protection and Security
Within the framework of OWiSS the ISL and various partners from the region are examining how disturbances to offshore wind energy parks can be avoided or minimised. OWiSS, which is funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research under the auspices of the programme “Research for Civil Security” with approximately 2.5 million Euros, will run for three years. In addition to the ISL the consortium comprises the Deutsche Offshore Consult GmbH (DOC), the Fraunhofer Institut für Fertigungstechnik und Angewandte Materialforschung (Fraunhofer IFAM), the Institute for the Law of the Sea and International Marine Environmental Law (ISRIM) as well as two institutions of the University of Applied Sciences in Bremerhaven: the Institute for Wind Energy (fk-wind:) and the Institute for Safety and Security Studies (IsaSS).
The minimal goals of the energy concept put forward by the Federal Government see an increase in the proportion of renewable energy sources from 35 percent in 2020 to 80 percent in 2050. Offshore wind energy is to constitute a high proportion of this. Taking into consideration the rising importance of energy supplied by offshore wind parks and, connected to this, their performance growth, OWiSS now aims to increase safety in this field. This mainly involves investigating offshore wind park operations as well as the upstream and downstream areas within the life cycle. The investigations of the ISL focus on logistics and information technical processes during operation and regarding further utilisation possibilities of offshore infrastructures. The sources of potential threat scenarios are considered as well as the development of new and improved concepts to be integrated into existing preventative and reactive measures. The effectiveness of these measures is investigated under the application of project-specific expanded simulation models.