Title: Designing supply chain networks for the offshore wind energy industry

Authors: Nina Vojdani; Felix Lootz

Addresses: Chair of Production Organisation and Logistics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Maritime Technology, University of Rostock, Richard-Wagner-Str. 31, 18119 Rostock, Germany. ' Chair of Production Organisation and Logistics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Maritime Technology, University of Rostock, Richard-Wagner-Str. 31, 18119 Rostock, Germany

Abstract: Germany's energy plan guidelines for an environmentally friendly, reliable and affordable supply of energy define renewable energy as the cornerstone of future energy provision. The so-called 'renewables' will help to save millions tons of carbon dioxide. One important renewable - the offshore wind energy - is starting to move into large-scale commercial developments. First, offshore wind farms have highlighted weaknesses, risks and the need for detailed studies. Unresolved issues especially in the definition of handling areas in ports, assembly sites, warehouse locations, inventories and transportation routines have emerged to this day. In particular, research has not focused on modelling and designing supply chains for the installation and maintenance of offshore wind turbines. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to present approaches to design supply chain networks for offshore wind farms. It supports actors involved to capture the value proposition and benefits of effective and efficient offshore supply chain management.

Keywords: supply chain design; MRO logistics; maritime logistics; offshore wind energy; supply chain modelling; supply chain management; SCM; supply chain networks; wind power; offshore wind farms; offshore wind turbines; wind turbine installation; wind turbine maintenance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBPSCM.2012.050392

International Journal of Business Performance and Supply Chain Modelling, 2012 Vol.4 No.3/4, pp.271 - 284

Available online: 16 Nov 2012 *

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