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PO099: Finding the optimal balance between optimising foundation parameters and designing for a holistic approach

Jesper Møller, CSO & Head of Business Development, Stiesdal Offshore A/S


When designing floating foundations for offshore wind turbine generators (WTGs), there are many variables to account for with each design decision having an impact on the weight and structural integrity of the floater. Such decisions can impact the entire project execution from manufacturing to installation. This presentation will provide a view from the perspective of a foundation designer, with background knowledge from WTG original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and a developer to highlight the importance of implementing holistic design solutions that can benefit all the project phases. Conflicting aspects such as cost, risk, uncertainties, and revenue naturally complicate the decisions needed at an early stage for floating wind projects, and currently, many different pathways are taken. In an early industry where competitiveness is measured in the numerical values of individual components/technologies that together make a floating offshore wind project i.e., WTG, foundation, mooring system, etc. This split approach, however, might not always be the pathway to the cheapest solution. Stiesdal will through this presentation share findings from internal research and development (R&D) investigations into potential design optimisations. We will more specifically share two optimisations; one implemented in the current design and one that has been parked until further notice. These examples will highlight the holistic way of thinking and the importance of working together with the manufacturers, OEMs and other industry players from an early stage. In summary, the presentation will through real results offer insight into what kind of decisions a foundation designer can make such as the choice of floater type, increasing the system stiffness, active ballasting, or novel anchoring systems and what the impact is on the value-chain. With the hope of shedding light on the question: of when it is worth the additional cost and complexity to introduce optimisations and when is simplicity the key.

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