SIWTProject reference: 20068
Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV
Self installing wind turbine
Total cost:EUR 7 983 000
EU contribution:EUR 1 500 000
Call for proposal:FP6-2004-TREN-3
Funding scheme:STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project
Participants plan to demonstrate to the offshore wind industry the realisation of a novel offshore wind turbine concept using a suction pile foundation. The subject concept allows installation of the complete wind turbine, substructure and suction pile foundation offshore in one piece. The concept is virtually independent of the water depth as floating equipment is utilised. This allows offshore wind parks to be installed in deeper waters out of sight from the coastline.
The marine spread required comprises a flat top barge, tugs, lowering system and suction pumps. These items are relatively cheap and widely available. In port the complete substructure with suction piles, tower and turbine will be erected and constructed as one unit. The complete unit will be supported on the end or corner of the barge and hung-off using a special frame. The unit will seafastened to the barge and is then ready for sailaway to the offshore location.