Romeo project lands in East Anglia ONE and Wikinger

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East Anglia ONE (United Kingdom) and Wikinger (Germany) have been selected to analyse the potential of the Romeo project. This initiative, backed by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 Programme, intends to reduce operating costs and maintain offshore wind farms to achieve maximum efficiency and drive renewable energy production.

The Wikinger offshore wind farm is one of the facilities selected for implementing the Romeo project.#RRSSThe Wikinger offshore wind farm is one of the facilities selected for implementing the Romeo project.

The European Union (EU) has made firm commitments for the year 2030, aiming to encourage energy transition and combat climate change. These targets include:

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% (in comparison to 1990).
  • Increase the share of renewable energy to 27%.
  • Improve energy efficiency by 27%.

These commitments must also be combined with the requisite increased competitiveness of European companies. One of the EU's main tools for advancing in this direction in the coming years is the Horizon 2020 Program, with a budget of 80 billion euros for funding research and innovation projects.

Among the initiatives that the EU has decided to fund through this program is the Reliable O&M decision tools and strategies for high LCoE reduction on Offshore wind project, also known as Romeo.


The Romeo project is a consortium consisting of a set of 12 companies with a pivotal role in the offshore wind power sector (including EDF, SIEMENS and IBM Research), led by Iberdrola Renovables Energía, the Iberdrola group's renewable affiliate in Spain, based on its experience as one of the world's most important wind power generators. The initiative started in June 2017 and its main aim is to develop an O&M information management platform, enabling analysis and management of data gathered from offshore wind farms during operation, to design strategies that will lower the operating and maintenance costs of these facilities.

Operational excellence is one of Iberdrola's strategic pillars. The Romeo project is perfectly aligned with this principle, since it seeks to reduce costs while increasing efficiency. With this aim, the consortium is developing an analytical and management platform to encourage the evolution of current O&M strategies based on corrective maintenance and strategies based on the real condition and wear on components of the main wind-farm structures.

ROMEO: project details.#RRSSROMEO: project details.

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The project will end in 2022 and has a budget of 16.4 million euros, ten million of which will be provided by the EU.

Initially, the initiative will consist of an in-depth analysis of three European offshore wind farms, two of which are owned by the Iberdrola group: East Anglia ONE (United Kingdom), developed by ScottishPower Renewables and Wikinger (Germany), developed by Iberdrola Renovables Energía.


The Romeo project has the following advantages:

  • More reliability and fewer faults causing service downtime.
  • Longer life cycle of key wind turbine components.
  • Reduced operating and wind turbine maintenance costs by reducing the resources required for annual wind turbine inspections.
  • Lower operating costs and maintenance associated with foundations by reducing inspections of jackets.

In the widest sense, it is also hoped that Romeo will help to strengthen European industrial technology, encouraging growth and creating jobs, while improving occupational health and safety in the wind power sector, creating synergies in the O&M strategies field and serving as a launchpad for new products and services.

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