'New species' of floating turbine

The scale model of the SOF undergoing tests at Marin

The scale model of the SOF undergoing tests at Marin

A new species of ultra-stable floating wind turbine foundation is taking shape in Germany, with engineers on track to moor a full-scale unit in the Baltic Sea next year.

Dresden consultancy Gicon’s tension leg platform (TLP) design is a latticework of braces and flotation cylinders that sits half-submerged in the water, like a semi-submersible, fixed to the seabed by stiff tendons and four diagonally splayed mooring lines anchored in place by micropiles.

A scale version of the SOF (Schwimmendes Offshore Fundament, German for “floating offshore foundation”) has just come through extensive wind and wave trials in the Netherlands. At the Marin research and development centre in Wageningen, the unit was put through hell and high water, with testing taking Log in to read complete article.

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