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Optimization of floating wind turbines using innovative control techniques and fully coupled open source engineering tool

Objective

Wind is one of the leading sources of renewables contributing to EU energy mix, and its exploitation is pivotal to meet many of next environmental and energy policy goals. Europe being one of the world technological leaders, its wind energy sector has evolved into an important industry providing hundreds of thousands of jobs. Due to the limitations of available installation sites onshore, offshore wind is becoming crucial to ensure the further growth of the sector. In this scenario, exploiting the vast wind resources in deeper waters using floating wind farms and developing the required technology will enhance EU’s economy and will contribute to achieve its green energy goals.

FLOATECH aims at stimulating this transition by increasing the technical maturity and the cost competitiveness of floating offshore wind energy. This will be achieved by two types of actions. On the one hand, a fully-coupled, aero-hydro-servo-elastic design and simulation environment (named QBlade-Ocean) will be developed. The more advanced modelling theories will lead to a reduction of the uncertainties in the design process and then to more efficient, reliable and cost-effective floating wind turbines. On the other hand, two innovative control techniques will be introduced, i.e. the Active Wave-based feed-forward Control and the Active Wake Mixing, which will lead to an increase of the actual energy yield of floating wind farms. Wave tank and wind tunnel experiments, as well as the application to a utility-size floating wind turbine are foreseen as validation and demonstration methods.

The consortium comprises five public research institutions with relevant skills in the field of offshore floating wind energy, and three industrial partners, two of which have been involved in the most recent developments of floating wind systems. An innovation advisory board including stakeholders such as certifiers, research and business networks will support the dissemination of the project results.

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-SC3-2020-RES-RIA
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT BERLIN
Address
Strasse Des 17 Juni 135
10623 Berlin
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 859 000

Participants (8)

ECOLE CENTRALE DE NANTES
France
EU contribution
€ 949 450
Address
Rue De La Noe 1
44321 Nantes Cedex 3
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 656 750
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 322 293,75
Address
Piazza San Marco 4
50121 Florence
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SEAPOWER SCRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 407 530
Address
Via Fiorelli 14
80121 Napoli
Activity type
Research Organisations
SAIPEM SA
France
EU contribution
€ 147 687,50
Address
Avenue San Fernando 1/7
78180 Montigny Le Bretonneux
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
IDEOL
France
EU contribution
€ 320 993,75
Address
Avenue Du Mistral 375 Espace Mistral Bat B
13600 La Ciotat
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NEXT OCEAN BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 284 837,50
Address
Paardenmarkt 1
2611 PA Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EURONOVIA
France
EU contribution
€ 147 812,50
Address
46 Rue D'alésia
75014 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)