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MAROFF-2-Maritim virksomhet og offsh-2

A new cost-effective concept for heavy maintenance of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines by use of large OSCV.

Alternative title: Et kostnadseffektivt konsept for tungt vedlikehold av flytende offshore vind turbiner ved bruk av store konstruksjonsfartøyer.

Awarded: NOK 8.0 mill.

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2023 - 2026


Offshore wind is a key facet in the goal to decarbonize the energy sector and meet the decarbonization goals defined by the Paris Agreement. The predictions are well documented by [GWEC, 2022] and [Regjeringen, 2022] to exceed more than 140 GW within 2031. As a result of the EU's ambitious targets for increased offshore wind production, as many as 20,000 wind turbines could be produced and installed in Europe alone in the coming decades. With the trends we are seeing now, it will revolve around giant installations high as the Eiffel Tower with its 324m. For this market growth to occur, floating offshore wind must be further developed to find cost competitive industrialized installation and maintenance solutions for both the world-wide initiatives and Norwegian initiatives for floating offshore wind. There are currently no sustainable solutions for installation and maintenance of floating wind turbines in an offshore environment. During the lifetime of the field, regular maintenance and inspections will be required. The lifting height, vessel motions and FOWT motions are some of the main challenges that must be resolved replacing a FOWT blade and a nacelle at the offshore location. To address a solution to this, it will require scientific mathematical approaches, industry practicality, marine operational experience/intervention methods and expertise on ship design and hydrodynamics. In this project, we will develop a new, cost-effective concept for installation and maintenance of floating offshore wind turbines using large construction vessels.

The lifting height, vessel motions and FOWT motions are some of the main challenges replacing a FOWT blade and a nacelle at the offshore location. The new lifting system and equipment to be developed for removing and installation of blades, will attach/grip near to the midpoint of a vertical blade, and by that reduce the required lifting height. Reducing the lifting height will reduce the relative motions between the OSCV and the FOWT. These motions need to be multi motion compensated. Requirements for installation and replacement of other equipment, such as nacelle will also be investigated. For nacelle installation, alternative crane/winch systems with passive or active motion compensator will be analysed. The challenge and main innovation is to find solutions for dismantling/installing at a moving target from a floating installation vessel. This will require a scientific mathematical approach together with industry practicality and marine operational experience to further develop improved installation and intervention methods. The ship design company will contribute with expertise on ship design and naval architecture. The partners in this project is DOF, Huisman, Vard and Sintef Ocean.

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MAROFF-2-Maritim virksomhet og offsh-2