Offshore wind power is a promising renewable energy source worldwide, yet its effective management poses logistical challenges, particularly in data collection, maintenance, and operation. Traditionally, acquiring environmental data involved ships navigating sensitive ecological areas, raising concerns about environmental impact and safety. Furthermore, inspecting turbine equipment required personnel to venture offshore, presenting additional operational hurdles.

5G O-RAN for Secure, Low Latency Communications

The advent of 5G O-RAN (Open Radio Access Network) technology has revolutionized offshore wind turbine management. Leveraging domestically produced 5G O-RAN equipment, this innovative approach ensures robust, low latency communication infrastructure even in complex maritime environments. By integrating Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT), the real-time analysis of meteorological, marine, and geological big data from offshore wind farms to the data center is streamlined, enhancing operational efficiency and sustainability.

Benefits of Deploying 5G O-RAN in Offshore Wind Turbine

Here's how the implementation of 5G O-RAN and AIoT is transforming offshore wind turbine management:

  • Real-time Data Acquisition and Monitoring

AIoT sensors are deployed on the offshore turbines to gather environmental data, including wind speed, wave height, and ocean currents. These sensors transmit data through a secure 5G private network with low latency for instant analysis. Consequently, service providers can monitor offshore wind farm operations in real-time without the need for physical inspection voyages.

  • Optimization through Environmental Big Data

The integration of environmental big data derived from ocean energy sources enables informed decision-making in planning, deployment, and operation phases. By analyzing environmental conditions, such as weather patterns and oceanic currents, stakeholders can optimize turbine placement, enhance operational strategies, and streamline maintenance schedules.

Lanner ECA-5540 Edge Computing Appliance for 5G O RAN

Lanner's ECA-5540 is an edge computing server designed to drive low-latency communications in critical infrastructure. Engineered with a short-depth chassis and front access IO design, the ECA-5540 stands as a DU/CU server for telecom operators seeking to deploy secure and scalable 5G private networks in challenging conditions.

  • Accelerated RAN virtualization

Powered by the latest 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processor, codenamed Sapphire Rapids EE, the ECA-5540 delivers unparalleled performance and power efficiency. Equipped with Intel vRAN boost technology, this edge server enhances virtualization performance, ensuring optimal resource utilization in O-RAN deployments.

  • Scalable Design for Versatile IO and AI Acceleration

The ECA-5540 offers a scalable platform tailored for distributed RAN deployments. Supporting an OCP 3.0 NIC module and 3x PCIe expansions for multiple NVIDIA GPU cards including L4 and L40, this edge server provides flexibility to adapt to evolving RAN virtualization requirements.

  • Built-in Hardware Security

The ECA-5540 prioritizes security with features such as secure BMC and TPM 2.0, ensuring data integrity and protection against cyber threats.

  • Wide Operating Temperature

The ECA-5540 offers robust support for deployment in challenging environments with its operating temperature range from 0 to 50ºC.


In conclusion, the deployment of Lanner ECA-5540 in 5G O-RAN represents a game-changing advancement in offshore wind turbine management, propelling the offshore energy sector towards its renewable energy goals while setting new standards for efficiency and sustainability globally.

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