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SFI-Sentre for forskn.drevet innov

BLUES - Floating structures for the next generation ocean industries

Alternative title: BLUES - Neste generasjons flytende havkonstruksjoner

Awarded: NOK 96.0 mill.

The objective of SFI BLUES is to enable Norwegian ocean-based industries to provide floating support structures for floating offshore wind, floating solar power plants, aquaculture, and coastal infrastructure. The world is facing several industrial and societal challenges, and the ocean provides great opportunities which can contribute to solving several of them. Due to the ongoing transition in the world's energy mix to meet the goals stated in the Paris agreement, the need for clean energy is now global. Changes in diets and an increase in the world's population also generate a need for safe and healthy food. Further, in a changing climate, requests for increased mobility, as well as shortage on area, introduce a need for resilient infrastructure in coastal waters for transportation as well as industrial and residential developments. Floating support structures have a huge potential for contributing to solving these challenges, but new applications of imply new needs and requirements to safety, sustainability, cost, function and operation. This leads to structures where we have limited experience. These structures will be diverse, but they have essential needs in common. Key research and industry partners will work together in SFI BLUES in a joint effort to solve common scientific challenges. This will enable novel floating structures for future needs, which contribute to solutions for global challenges. The industry partners represent complete value chains across several markets and therefore SFI BLUES has a large potential to contribute to increased value creation. 2021 has been a start-up year and project activity has been initiated within all research areas. 3 PhD-students and 2 post docs have been employed, and the centre has 3 associated PhD-students. The centre has recruited 7 master students working on topics in close collaboration with user partners. A core activity in 2021 has been to define use cases. The goal of these is to connect industry and research to define research needs to enable new ocean industries and new floating concepts. The work has been carried out in groups, with strong participation from both user and research partners, distributed on the applications offshore wind, aquaculture, coastal infrastructure, modular structures, membrane structures, as well as active and smart structures. State-of-the-art reports have been prepared within several research areas, such as design optimization, material usage in marine structures, and modular structures with several buoyancy elements. A first version of a new numerical tool for studying the interaction between mooring line, seabed and anchor has been developed. The tool will contribute to safer and better mooring solutions. The toll will also contribute to development of new mooring solutions, for instance with several mooring lines connected to the same anchor. A large data set from unique model tests of a floating bridge has been studied. Two scientific publications are ready for submission, and they describe wave loads, motions, and damping properties of pontoons in floating bridges. The results can contribute to risk reduction and improved bridge design. The results are transferable to other similar structures such as submerged floating tube bridges.

BLUES is a new Centre for Research-Based Innovation which brings together key research, industry and public partners. The aim is to address the essential needs outlined below, enabling Norwegian ocean-based industries to provide floating solutions for present and future industrial and societal challenges. The world is facing several industrial and societal challenges, and the ocean provides great opportunities which can contribute to solving several of them. Due to the ongoing transition in the world's energy mix to meet the goals stated in the Paris agreement, the need for clean energy is now global. Changes in diets and an increase in the world's population also generate a need for safe and healthy food. Further, in a changing climate, requests for increased mobility, as well as shortage on area, introduce a need for resilient infrastructure in coastal waters for transportation as well as industrial and residential developments. Floating support structures have a huge potential for contributing to solving these challenges, but new applications of imply new needs and requirements to safety, sustainability, cost, function and operation. This leads to structures where we have limited experience. These structures will be diverse, but they have essential needs in common: - To understand their requirements to function, safety, cost, operation and sustainability, in order to develop optimized solutions. - To develop numerical and experimental high-quality validated design tools. - To base the design on reliable descriptions of the marine environment. - To understand the interaction between the environment (wind, waves, current) and structures. - To develop structures with sustainable, safe and cost-efficient materials. - To develop mooring systems and anchors to keep the floating structures in position. To unlock the potential of novel floating structures, we need to understand the requirements of the applications, the associated technology gaps and knowledge needs.

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