Designing supply chain networks for the offshore wind energy industry
by Nina Vojdani; Felix Lootz
International Journal of Business Performance and Supply Chain Modelling (IJBPSCM), Vol. 4, No. 3/4, 2012

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.

Online publication date: Fri, 16-Nov-2012

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