The OPTI-PILE objective is to develop optimal monopile foundations for offshore wind turbines in deep water (i.e. deeper than current state of the art, which is not exceeding 5~10 m) with sea bottom, wave and wind conditions characteristic for the North Sea and other Atlantic continental shelves. Offshore wind energy is a key element in the EU Renewables white Paper target of 10% contribution of Renewables in 2010.
The target for offshore wind energy can only be reached when resources in both shallow and deep water can be developed. Since foundation costs amount to more 20 % of total installation costs, optimisation of foundation is clearly crucial for economic feasibility of deep water wind farms. Detailed knowledge on soil characteristics and scour behaviour is needed before detailed design optimisation can be carried out.
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