What is COREWIND?
The COREWIND project aims at achieving significant cost reductions and enhancing performance of floating wind technology through the research and the optimisation of mooring and anchoring systems and dynamic cables.
These enhancements will be validated by means of simulations and experimental testing in both wave basin tanks and wind tunnel by taking as reference two concrete-based floater concepts (semi-submersible and spar) supporting large wind turbines (15 MW), installed at water depths greater than 40 m and 90 m, respectively. Special focus is given to development and validation of innovative solutions to improve installation techniques and operation and maintenance (O&M) activities. The project aims at proving the benefits of concrete structures to obtain an LCOE reduction of at least 15% compared to bottom-fixed offshore wind.
The project provides guidelines and best design practices, as well as open data models to accelerate the development of concrete-based semi-submersible and spar floating offshore wind turbines (FOWTs). The resulting recommendations are expected to facilitate the development of floating offshore wind energy, reducing risks and uncertainties and contributing to lower LCOE estimates.
COREWIND aims at strengthening the European Leadership on wind power technology (especially floating), and it will contribute to speeding up the increase of cost-competiveness of floating offshore wind, making this a viable technology for a prompt use.