Decommissioning of Offshore Wind Farms

A Simulation-Based Study of Economic Aspects
  • Thies BeinkeEmail author
  • Abderrahim Ait Alla
  • Michael Freitag
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Logistics book series (LNLO)


After a useful life of 20 to 25 years of existing offshore wind farms, the decommissioning will be a challenging task. In this context, an optimized planning of decommissioning enables savings of energy costs. Due to the lack of sufficient empirical data about decommissioning of offshore wind farms, simulation techniques represent a suitable analysis tool to investigate such planning problems. The present contribution examines the effects of tactical decisions in the decommission phase of offshore wind farms by the use of a discrete-event, agent-based simulation study. The variation in the number of used vessels as tactical decision in connection with weather conditions is investigated. The results show that adapting the number of vessels can reduce about 6% of the decommissioning duration.


Offshore wind farms Decommissioning Simulation study 



The authors would like to thank the German Federal Ministry Economic Affairs for their supports within the projects IeK – Information system for near real-time coordination of offshore transport under consideration of specific resource characteristics and dynamic weather and swell conditions (funding code 16KN021723ZIM-KF).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.BIBA – Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbHUniversity of BremenBremenGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of Production EngineeringUniversity of BremenBremenGermany

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