Gicon floater passes tank tests

The scale model of the SOF undergoing tests at Marin

The scale model of the SOF undergoing tests at Marin

Gicon’s novel floating wind turbine concept, the SOF, has moved a step closer to a first full-scale deployment, following tank tests that proved the hybrid design can be towed to site through high waves and heavy wind.

Trials of the full-size unit, carried out at the Technical University of Berlin, showed the foundation, a tension leg platform (TLP) concept designed to be fixed to the seabed in water depths of between 20-500-plus metres, was up to travelling over 3.5-metre waves at speeds of seven knots.

This seaworthiness means the SOF, a latticework of braces and flotation cylinders that sits half-submerged in the water, like a semi-submersible, will not have to be installed offshore by a special transport barge, dramatically improving its economics.

“These positive tests mark another major step forwards the reaslisation of the floating offshore foundation,” Log in to read complete article.

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