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Vindby—A Serious Offshore Wind Farm Design Game

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Energies 2019, 12(8), 1499; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12081499
Received: 25 March 2019 / Revised: 17 April 2019 / Accepted: 18 April 2019 / Published: 20 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent Advances in Offshore Wind Technology)
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Abstract

To maintain the increasing interest and development in offshore wind energy, novel training tools for engineers and researchers are needed. Concurrently, educational outreach activities are in demand to inform the public about the importance of offshore wind energy. In this paper, the development of a serious game about the design and management of offshore wind farms is presented to address such demands. Such a serious game may enable a new audience to explore the field of offshore wind as well as provide researchers entering the field a better understanding of the intricacies of the industry. This requires a simulation that is realistic but also effective in teaching information and engaging outreach. Ultimately, increased public support and expanded training tools are desired to improve decision-making and to provide opportunities to test and integrate innovative solutions. The work presented here includes the game design and implementation of a prototype game. The game design involves building a game framework and developing a simplified simulation. This simulation addresses weather prediction, offshore wind farm design, operation and maintenance, energy demand, climate change, and finance. Playtesting of the prototype demonstrated immersion and informed decision-making of the players and surveys revealed that knowledge had increased while playing the game. Recommendations for future versions of the game are listed. View Full-Text
Keywords: offshore wind energy; operation and maintenance; serious game; outreach; wind farm design; wind farm siting; metocean conditions; foundation design; installation; decomissioning offshore wind energy; operation and maintenance; serious game; outreach; wind farm design; wind farm siting; metocean conditions; foundation design; installation; decomissioning
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Dornhelm, E.; Seyr, H.; Muskulus, M. Vindby—A Serious Offshore Wind Farm Design Game. Energies 2019, 12, 1499.

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