Publications & reports

In a unique collaboration with the Energy Institute (EI), we have brought together over 100 reports and publications, produced as part of our strategic offshore wind programme, and made them more widely available through both our website and the EI Knowledge Service.

We have brought together over 100 reports and publications produced as part of our strategic offshore wind programme and made them more widely available through publication on the Energy Institute (EI) Knowledge Service.

This significant range of publications is aimed at helping to mitigate, reduce, and manage risks and costs for the offshore wind sector.

These publications are also available through the Energy Institute Knowledge Service, an established online resource covering a number of energy sectors, including offshore wind. This collection has been categorised into eleven different themes covering asset management, construction, cost reduction, supply chain, skills, planning and consenting, health and safety, project economics and finance, grid, technology and innovation, and operation and maintenance.

The Energy Institute has also added supplementary material from its own extensive online archives, enabling users to access a wide range of material, from good practice guidance and industry news, to feature articles and academic literature.

Energy Institute Knowledge Service

The Crown Estate’s offshore wind portfolio is available free of charge to the public, as is access to a significant proportion of the EI’s accompanying material.

Grid and Technology

A modular approach to offshore transmission system (PDF, 0.99 MB)

Offshore transmission network feasibility study (PDF, 8.26 MB)

Overview of geophysical and geotechnical marine surveys for offshore wind transmission cables in the UK (PDF, 0.94 MB)

Overview of the offshore transmission cable installation process in the UK (PDF, 1.63 MB)

Regulatory challenges to connecting to grid offshore (PDF, 3.72 MB)

Round 3 offshore wind farm connection study (PDF, 2.71 MB)

Sharing lessons learned and good practice in offshore transmission (PDF, 2.31 MB)

Sharing lessons learned and good practice in offshore transmission summary (PDF, 1 MB)

UK floating offshore wind power report (PDF, 2.36 MB)

Virtual met mast version 1 methodology and verification (PDF, 5.01 MB)


Health and Safety

A review of UK search and rescue provision for offshore renewable energy projects (PDF, 5.07 MB)

Construction vessel guideline for the offshore renewables industry (PDF, 0.64 MB)

Vessel safety guide: Guidance for offshore renewable energy developers (PDF, 2.91 MB)


Operation and Maintenance

Guide to UK offshore wind operations and maintenance (PDF, 9.32 MB)

Jack-up vessel optimisation (PDF, 1.89 MB)

Offshore Wind Operational Report 2013 (PDF, 3.89 MB)


Planning and Consenting

A baseline assessment of electromagnetic fields generated by offshore wind farm cables (PDF, 0.66 MB)

A collation and review of bird survey data (PDF, 0.6 MB)

A further review of sediment monitoring data (PDF, 5.5 MB)

A review of flight heights and avoidance rates of birds in relation to offshore wind farms (PDF, 1.6 MB)

A review of assessment methodologies for offshore windfarms (PDF, 0.72 MB)

A review of offshore wind farm related underwater noise sources (PDF, 1.54 MB)

Acoustic mitigation devices (AMDS) to deter marine mammals from pile driving areas at sea - audibility and behavioural response of a harbour porpoise and harbour seals (PDF, 2.76 MB)

Aerial Surveys Of Round 3, Zone 5 For Waterbirds - Final Report (PDF, 0.27 MB)

Approaches to marine mammal monitoring at marine renewable energy developments (PDF, 2.23 MB)

Assessing the risk of offshore wind farm development to migratory birds designated as features of UK special protection areas (PDF, 4.08 MB)

Assessment of sub-sea noise and vibration from wind turbines and its impact on marine wildlife (PDF, 4.38 MB)

Assessment of the potential for acoustic deterrents to mitigate the impact on marine mammals of underwater noise arising from the construction of offshore wind farms (PDF, 1.12 MB)

Benefits and disadvantages of co-locating wind farms and marine conservation zones, with a focus on commercial fishing (PDF, 0.62 MB)

Best practice guidance for remote techniques for observing bird behaviour in relation to offshore wind farms (PDF, 0.72 MB)

Coastal process modelling for offshore wind farm EIA – best practice guide (PDF, 2.03 MB)

Collation and analysis of offshore wind farm piling records (PDF, 1.65 MB)

Comparison of design and model based estimates of seabird abundance derived from visual, digital still transects and digital video aerial surveys in Carmarthen Bay (PDF, 0.87 MB)

Comparison of visual and digital aerial survey results of avian abundance for Round 3, Norfolk region (PDF, 1.27 MB)

COWRIE 1.5 Electromagnetic Fields Review (PDF, 14.86 MB)

COWRIE 2.0 Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) phase 2 (PDF, 4.91 MB)

COWRIE Workshop On The Cumulative Impact Of Offshore Windfarms On Birds (PDF, 0.79 MB)

Developing Guidance On Ornithological Cumulative Impact Assessment For Offshore Wind Farm Developers (PDF, 2.44 MB)

Development of spatial information layers for commercial fishing and shellfishing in UK waters to support strategic siting of offshore wind farms (PDF, 18.83 MB)

Demographic Data Population Model And Output (PDF, 1.21 MB)

Effects of offshore wind farm noise on marine mammals and fish (PDF, 0.62 MB)

Effects of pile driving noise on the behaviour of marine fish (PDF, 3.15 MB)

ESRa Evaluation of systems for ramming noise mitigation at an offshore test pile (PDF, 7.71 MB)

Establishing best practice for the documentation and dissemination of marine biological data (PDF, 1.14 MB)

Export Transmission Cables for Offshore Renewable Installations (PDF, 7.21 MB)

Best Practice Guidance for Offshore Renewables Developments: Recommendations for Fisheries Liaison (PDF, 2.38 MB)

Full scale trial of high definition video survey for offshore windfarm sites (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Further use of aerial surveys to detect bird displacement by offshore windfarms (PDF, 0.98 MB)

Gannet population viability analysis (PDF, 0.53 MB)

Habitats Regulations Assessment of the Round 3 Plan (PDF, 2.12 MB)

High definition imagery for surveying seabirds and marine mammals - a review of recent trials and development of protocols (PDF, 0.65 MB)

High resolution video survey of seabirds and mammals in the Rhyl Flats area (PDF, 2.27 MB)

Historic environment guidance for the offshore renewable energy sector (PDF, 3.07 MB)

Marine Conservation Zone Network Options (PDF, 10.48 MB)

Measurement and assessment of background underwater noise (PDF, 3.56 MB)

Measurement and interpretation of underwater noise (PDF, 2.56 MB)

Measurement of underwater noise generated by acoustic mitigation devices (PDF, 4.03 MB)

Methodologies for measuring and assessing potential changes in marine mammal behaviour, abundance or distribution arising from the construction, operation and decommissioning of offshore windfarms (PDF, 2.37 MB)

Model clauses for archaeological written schemes of investigation: offshore renewables projects (PDF, 0.61 MB)

Offshore geotechnical investigations and historic environment analysis - guidance for the renewable energy sector (PDF, 5.79 MB)

Offshore renewables protocol for archaeological discoveries (PDF, 2.64 MB)

Options and opportunities for marine fisheries mitigation associated with wind farms (PDF, 0.68 MB)

Options and Recommendations for Incorporating Socio-Economic Activity within Network Design Tools to Assist in the Proposal of Marine Conservation Zones: Summary Report (PDF, 0.34 MB)

Part 1 Interim Report Reviewing Methods To Monitor Collisions Or Micro Avoidance Of Birds With Offshore Wind Turbines (PDF, 1.31 MB)

Part 2 Feasibility study of systems-to monitor collisions (PDF, 1.19 MB)

Phase II data analysis of joint cetacean protocol (PDF, 3.13 MB)

Phase one data analysis of joint cetacean protocol (PDF, 2.59 MB)

Planning and assessing the ornithological impact of offshore wind farms breeding terns (PDF, 2.5 MB)

Potential use of population viability analysis to assess the impact of offshore windfarms on bird populations (PDF, 0.45 MB)

Predicting the displacement of Common Scoter Melanitta Nigra from benthic feeding areas due to offshore wind farms Part 1 (PDF, 4.76 MB)

Predicting the displacement of Common Scoter Melanitta Nigra from benthic feeding areas due to offshore wind farms Part 2 (PDF, 1.77 MB)

Protocol for archaeological discoveries: Offshore renewables projects (PDF, 1.67 MB)

Protocol for archaeological discoveries 2014 (PDF, 0.93 MB)

Proximity Of Offshore Renewable Energy Installations Submarine Cable Infrastructure In UK Waters Guideline (PDF, 1.73 MB)

Report on Rochdale envelope workshop - wave and tidal (PDF, 0.48 MB)

Revised best practice guidance for the use of remote techniques for ornithological monitoring offshore wind farms (PDF, 3.05 MB)

Round 3 offshore wind site selection at national and project levels (PDF, 0.76 MB)

Round 3 sediment gap analysis (PDF, 3.34 MB)

Round 3 zone appraisal and planning (PDF, 0.72 MB)

Submarine cables and offshore renewable energy installations proximity study (PDF, 12.2 MB)

Towards standardised seabirds at sea census techniques in connection with environmental impact assessments for offshore wind farms in the UK (PDF, 2.68 MB)

Trial high definition video survey of seabirds (PDF, 1.1 MB)

UK NATS Wind Farm Study Phase L4 Analysis Report (PDF, 9.78 MB)

Use of aerial surveys to detect bird displacement by offshore windfarms (PDF, 1.7 MB)

Use of deterrent devices and improvements to standard mitigation during piling research (PDF, 9.07 MB)

Use of deterrent devices and improvements to standard mitigation during piling research summary (PDF, 0.44 MB)


Project Finance and Economics

Investors Introduction to the Offshore Wind Programme (PDF, 3.7 MB)

Offshore wind market study (PDF, 5.13 MB)


Supply Chain

A guide to an offshore wind farm (PDF, 2.97 MB)

Applicability of offshore oil & gas initiatives to the offshore wind industry (PDF, 1.46 MB)

Cable manufacturing capability study (PDF, 2.26 MB)

Concrete gravity structures: Requirements for a Round 3 construction yard (PDF, 1.2 MB)

Deeper water integrated installation study (PDF, 2.05 MB)

Developing a national offshore wind supply chain database (PDF, 0.34 MB)

Offshore wind: A 2013 supply chain health check (PDF, 1.24 MB)

Offshore wind: Opportunities for the composites industry (PDF, 1.46 MB)

Offshore wind cost reduction pathways health & safety review (PDF, 0.61 MB)

Offshore wind cost reduction pathways supply chain workstream (PDF, 1.82 MB)

Offshore wind cost reduction pathways technology (PDF, 2.86 MB)

Offshore wind industrial strategy: Business and government action (PDF, 0.9 MB)

Towards Round 3: Building the offshore wind supply chain (PDF, 6.65 MB)

Towards Round 3: Progress in building the offshore wind supply chain (PDF, 0.87 MB)

Towards Round 3: The offshore wind supply chain in 2012 (PDF, 0.74 MB)

Your career in offshore wind energy (PDF, 8.45 MB)