Independent energy expert resource and international certification body DNV GL has launched a joint industry project with 13 other companies from the wind, oil and gas, and maritime sectors to develop a new recommended practice for the development of offshore wind turbines.
Coupled Analysis of Floating Wind Turbines
A growing focus on floating wind turbines to generate energy, combined with the lack of practical methods for building and validating models in accordance with standards inspired the project, “Coupled Analysis of Floating Wind Turbines.“ The joint industry project brings together stakeholders from a variety of important industries to work towards the technical advancement of offshore wind energy projects.
Participants in the project include:
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
- STX Solutions Europe
- NAUTILUS Floating Solutions
- Dr. Techn. Olav Olsen
Building on Offshore Standard DNV-OS-J103
The recommended practice developed by the group will build on Offshore Standard DNV-OS-J103, “Design of Floating Wind Turbine Structures.” Since being published in 2013, this standard has been used for the design of floating wind turbines. However, in the subsequent year, the technology and complexity of wind turbine structures has moved forward rapidly. The creation of a common framework for wind turbines is intended to drive cost savings, gains in efficiency, accelerated development.
“The analysis of floating wind turbines is a complex challenge that requires the integration of different technologies and disciplines,” said Luca Vita, project manager of the Joint Industry Project and senior engineer at DNV GL. “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. This project provides a unique platform to mutually develop an invaluable Recommended Practice which will be beneficial to each industry stakeholder, taking the wide-ranging spectrum of interdisciplinary skills and business objectives of each participant into account.”
Learn more about the Coupled Analysis of Floating Wind Turbines project at DNV GL’s website, www.dnvgl.com.