Offshore Wind

The expansion of offshore wind energy will benefit not only manufacturers of wind turbines but also ports with new business fields and revenue sources, shipping companies and the maritime supply industry.

TECHNICAL ARTICLES

Installation and maintenance

Advanced weather awareness optimises asset management

As the global offshore wind energy industry moves further out to sea because prime resource locations closer to shore are already occupied, offshore wind farm development faces a number of operational challenges that extend beyond the assessment of offshore wind resources to the transportation, installation, maintenance and service of wind turbines.

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Opera

Simulation tool to support design of floating units

A digital simulation tool has been unveiled, Opera, to support the modelling, assurance and certification of floating structures, particularly floating wind turbines

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HyStOH

Self-aligning floating wind turbine has deep water potential

Within the framework of the joint HyStOH project, a self-aligning wind turbine has been developed. The concept, consisting of a simple, cost-effective, lightweight installation with low environmental impact, was optimised at the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) by extensive numerical simulations and model tank tests. The project is funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy.

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