Corewind research on modelling mooring lines awarded best scientific poster and pitch at WindEurope Annual Event 2022

Álvaro Rodríguez, Project Technician at Offshore Engineering and Marine Energies Group (IH Cantabria), was awarded for the best scientific poster at WindEurope’s Annual Event 2022 in Bilbao.

His poster entitled “Chain and nylon mooring lines for floating offshore wind foundations: numerical modelling validation” presents an alternative mooring system for floating wind, using hybrid systems made of steel chain, agglomeration weights and nylon rope as opposed to common steel catenary systems.

Modelling the hybrid system is crucial in understanding the behaviour of the coupled system. This model is part of the research done for the COREWIND project, which seeks to reduce the cost of floating wind technology through optimisation of coupled systems. This includes the turbine, floater, mooring, anchors and dynamic cables. You can see the author’s presentation of the poster here.

The poster was also presented at the “Floating structures and components” session on Day 2 of the Conference. This technical session looked at solutions and models aimed at improving the design and performance of floaters, such as semi-sub and spar. Álvaro pitched the main assumptions and findings in his research.

Watch online: webinar on how floating offshore wind can help Europe go climate-neutral

Floating offshore wind has a huge potential which remains largely unexploited. Massive amounts of wind resources exist in deep waters (+60m) where an estimated potential capacity of 4000 GW could be installed. This would open the door to offshore wind installations for countries such as Norway, Spain or Portugal.

One of the main drawbacks hindering floating offshore wind expansion is cost. This technology is still relatively expensive with a LCOE well above bottom fix technology. Innovative responses to key challenges on mooring and anchoring technology, power cables interconnection and O&M strategies are essential to pave the way for cost-competitive floating offshore wind.

This workshop-style webinar explored some of the solutions to these challenges together with experts, practitioners and captains of industry with insights from the COREWIND project (COst REduction and Increase Performance of floating WIND technology).

Download the webinar presentation slides:

  • Introduction to COREWIND
  • Definition of the IEA 15 MW wind turbine and its use in COREWIND
  • Coupled analysis and optimization strategies for FOWT mooring and dynamic cable design
  • Pathway to cost reduction in floating wind technology
  • The role of offshore wind in the European Green Deal
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    21 April 2020 – Webinar: Learn about the latest innovations in floating offshore wind

    Date: Tuesday, 21 April 2020, 15:00-16:00 CEST

    Floating offshore wind has a huge potential which remains largely unexploited. Massive amounts of wind resources exist in deep waters (+60m) where an estimated potential capacity of 4000 GW could be installed. This would open the door to offshore wind installations for countries such as Norway, Spain or Portugal. One of the main drawbacks hindering floating offshore wind expansion is cost.

    This technology is still relatively expensive with a LCOE well above bottom fix technology. Innovative responses to key challenges on mooring and anchoring technology, power cables interconnection and O&M strategies are essential to pave the way for cost-competitive floating offshore wind.

    This workshop-style webinar will explore some of the solutions to these challenges together with experts, practitioners and captains of industry with insights from the COREWIND project (COst REduction and Increase Performance of floating WIND technology).

    Click here to register.

    See the full agenda here.

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