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Floating offshore wind, safer, cheaper, generating power more efficiently where winds are stronger, and where turbines are less visible from land. All modern nations switch to floating windfarms!
Innovations in floating wind technologies key to futher cost reductions. Europe must continue building up its floating project pipeline. Europe hosts today the only two floating offshore wind farms in the world: The 30 MW Hywind Scotland project in the UK and the 24 MW Windfloat Atlantic project in Portugal. 7 EU countries intend to install floating offshore wind in the next decade (France, UK, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden). Now Ireland, Greece, Bulgaria, and Romania are also looking into it. WindEurope expects as much as 7 GW of total installed floating wind capacity in Europe by 2030.
EU-funded Corewind project comes in. It aims at furthering cost reductions and enhancing the performance of floating wind technology. The project explores the optimisation of mooring systems, anchoring systems and dynamic cables for different floating structures. It carried out virtual simulations for two different floating offshore wind sites to explore the potential for cost reduction through technology innovation. One for a site off the Canary Islands where the simulations estimated that the costs for mooring systems could be reduced by as much as 60%. And a second one for a site located in the USA which resulted in a cost reduction potential of 55%. The project focused on two different floating wind technologies, semi-submersible and spar. The results are confirming the likelihood of both technologies being mass deployed. WindEurope additionally sees potential for other floating technologies that have not been part of the simulation, such as barge and tension-leg platforms.
This work will support floating offshore wind in making its fair contribution to Europe’s 2050 decarbonisation targets. And they will help Europe in keeping its technology leadership in floating wind in the face of competition from Japan and South Korea.(link)