SPT's three-legged wind turbine foundation braced for next stage

The Netherlands’ SPT Offshore is gearing up to demonstrate its three-legged self-installing wind turbine (SIWT) foundation.

Discussions are being held with a Dutch developer and Scotland’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre to build a first full-scale unit for testing in UK waters.

The all-in-one “braced monopod” concept is turbine-agnostic. It is designed to make it possible to crane-assemble and commission a turbine’s rotor, nacelle, tower and substructure at port before fixing it to the corner of a cargo barge.

Once at the installation site, the SIWT would be lowered by three strand or chain jacks, and then hybrid gravity-base foundation suction piles would be anchored to the seabed using Log in to read complete article.

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