The ImproveFLOW project will develop a software solution that aims to greatly improve the accuracy, security and efficiency of floating offshore wind analysis. The project is lead by DNV GL partnership with Ceetron, COWI Norge, Equinor, Inocean and SINTEF Ocean - with funding from the Research Council of Norway for a project, and stated interest from MHI Vestas, Microsoft and Siemens Gamesa.
The main challenges that the project will address are -
- Interaction effects in wind farms, including blockage and interline mooring arrays.
- Global response and strength assessment due to coupling between wind, wave, current and mooring forces.
- New interfaces and workflows for flexible and efficient set-up and execution of large numbers of massively parallelized cloud-based analyses.
- Extensive verification and validation of analysis results against established benchmarks and tests on large-scale floating structures and turbines.
The result of he project will contribute to making floating offshore wind a more competitive source of energy by lowering the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) of floating wind energy through reduced uncertainty in the investment and planning phase, and improved accuracy, collaboration and efficiency in the design phase.
The underlying idea of this project is to make floating offshore wind a more competitive source of energy by lowering the LCoE through reduced uncertainty in the investment and planning phase, and improved accuracy, collaboration and efficiency in the design and engineering phase.
The major elements of the planned innovation are:
- Secure and efficient collaboration.
Developing methods for coupling various simulation tools, that effectively bring together the strength of substructure and wind turbine design tools in order to meet the unique coupled system challenges of floating wind that are not all included in the analyses of today.
- Accurate methods and tools.
Providing new knowledge about the importance of physical interaction effects that floating wind turbines are subjected to, and which are not represented in today's methods and tools.
- Efficient processes and tools.
Developing methods and tools for more efficient analyses and handling of the large amounts of data needed for exploring the desired design space of floating wind units and farms, which cannot be efficiently analysed with today’s tools and practises.