Ramboll is part of an EU-funded research project, where experts from the industry are working together to reduce the costs of floating offshore wind turbines.
Conventional offshore wind turbines with solid foundations are usually installed in relatively shallow waters, near by the coast. On the other hand, turbines on floating foundations can be used more flexibly and independently of the subsoil and water depth. However, floating offshore wind turbines are a relatively new technology with high Levelized Costs of Electricity (LCOE).
Since the beginning of September, experts from the industry have been working together to reduce the costs of floating offshore wind turbines.
COREWIND (COst REduction and increase performance of floating WIND technology) aims to reduce LCOE by 15 percent. In particular, two components are to be optimised for this purpose: Anchoring systems (including anchors) and the moving, dynamic part of the power cable. Ramboll leads the part for the evaluation and optimisation of O&M strategies and installation scenarios for floating wind turbines.
About COREWINDThe COREWIND research project is funded by the EU as part of Horizon 2020. The project runs under the direction of the Catalan Institute for Energy Research for 42 months in total. It aims at contributing to EU’s objectives of strengthening its leadership role in renewable energy.
Further information on the project can be found on the European Commission's website.