DNV GL launches new project for floating wind standardisation

DNV GL launches new project for floating wind standardisation

Norway-based testing and advisory company DNVL GL has collaborated with 14 global companies from the wind, oil and gas and maritime sector to develop recommended practice for the analysis and testing of floating offshore wind turbines.

The joint industry project’s goal is to come up with minimum requirements for the design on new concepts that can help evaluation for investors.

The practice will significantly lower the risk of inadequate analysis and result in substantial time and savings.

Luca Vita, project manager of the Joint Industry Project and senior engineer at DNV GL – Energy, Renewables Certification said: “The analysis of floating wind turbines is a complex challenge that requires the integration of different technologies and disciplines.

“The lack of a common agreement on the optimal approach to conduct these analyses during the different stages of the design process adds potential risk factors and time delays in the project development, but also in the cost evaluation of new conceptual designs.”

The participating companies come from a broad range of industries including utilities, component manufacturing, engineering consultants, maritime research institutes, shipyards and academic research. The companies include:

  • Ramboll
  • Ideol
  • EDF
  • STX Solutions Europe
  • Esteyco
  • NAUTILUS Floating Solutions
  • Dr. Techn. Olav Olsen
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Glosten
  • Atkins

“We are happy to join this JIP and share our years of experience coupling multiple wind turbines with our patented floater,” commented Paul de la Guérivière, CEO of Ideol. “We have been convinced for a long time of the benefits of a common framework for the loads analysis of floating wind turbines and are confident that such efforts will lead to substantial gains in efficiency and cost.”

The new practice will build on the experience from the application of the Offshore Standard DNV-OS-J103 “Design of Floating Wind Turbine Structures” which was published in 2013.