We are a pool of offshore construction engineers and naval architects currently developing a floating foundation structure to support the next generation of floating offshore wind turbines. The design is based on a spar concept which uses a low centre of gravity rather than a large water plane area for marine stability. Spars generally have a draft of 60-100m and so require access to a fjord and floating craneage for assembly. This restricts geographic location for such developments and carries a significant cost risk should assembly have delays and require the floating crane charter to be extended. Our proposal is to hinge the ballast section of the spar so that it can be assembled in port in 10m quayside water depth and be towed to site through waters of 15m depth. We have recently completed an Innovate UK research program with Atkins and the University of Strathclyde. The findings from this research feed into the next phase of research....
We are a pool of offshore construction engineers and naval architects currently developing a floating foundation structure to support the next generation of floating offshore wind turbines. The design is based on a spar concept which uses a low centre of gravity rather than a large water plane area for marine stability. Spars generally have a draft of 60-100m and so require access to a fjord and floating craneage for assembly. This restricts geographic location for such developments and carries a significant cost risk should assembly have delays and require the floating crane charter to be extended. Our proposal is to hinge the ballast section of the spar so that it can be assembled in port in 10m quayside water depth and be towed to site through waters of 15m depth. We have recently completed an Innovate UK research program with Atkins and the University of Strathclyde. The findings from this research feed into the next phase of research.
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Gary Ross Director Offshore construction engineer with practical approach solving . How will we do it? What resources available? How long? How much