FLOATECH R&D project

FLOATECH is a Horizon 2020 project funded under the Energy programme. The consortium is coordinated by TU Berlin and implemented by 9 partners from 4 EU countries.

FLOATECH aims at increasing the technical maturity and the cost competitiveness of floating offshore wind energy. This will be achieved by two types of actions.

  • The development, implementation and validation of a user-friendly and efficient design engineering tool (named QBlade-Ocean) performing simulations of floating offshore wind turbines with unseen aerodynamic and hydrodynamic fidelity. The more advanced modelling theories will lead to a reduction of the uncertainties in the design process and an increase of turbine efficiency.
  • The development of two innovative control techniques (i.e. Active Wave-based feed-forward Control and the Active Wake Mixing) for Floating Wind Turbines and floaters, combining wave prediction and anticipation of induced platform motions. This is expected to reduce the wake effects in floating wind farms, leading to a net increase in the annual energy production of the farm.

BW Ideol is mainly involved in the experimental offshore testing and validation (WP3). In particular, we are responsible for installing a wave prediction system, including a X-band radar, on Floatgen in order to capture the evolution of wave field surrounding the FWT. We also supervise operations and collect onsite data over the course of the project.

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Floatgen’s lifetime extended for another 5 years as its cumulated production surpassed 30 GWh

BW Ideol is pleased to announce that Floatgen's operations, originally scheduled for 5 years, are able to be extended for an additional 5 years. This announcement comes on the heels of Floatgen surpassing the 30 GWh electricity threshold, underscoring the robustness of BW Ideol's design.

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BW Ideol teams up with ABP in Port Talbot on floating foundation industrialisation for the Celtic Sea

BW Ideol AS, a global leader in floating offshore wind, and Associated British Ports (ABP), the largest port operator in the UK, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to investigate the feasibility of serialised production of concrete substructures for floating offshore wind turbine foundations based on the BW Ideol design at ABP’s port of Port Talbot.

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Velella

Launch of the Velella R&D project aiming at reducing the environmental impact of floating wind turbines

With a French Government grant of 5.7 million euros (as part of the “France 2030” program implemented by ADEME following the “DEMO Tase” call for projects), Velella has for objective to qualify several technology bricks & innovative methods needed to prepare the deployment of commercial floating wind projects under the best economic, social & environmental conditions.

This project will be a first in the MRE sector: each innovation will be driven by an eco-design approach, from life cycle analysis to recyclability and impact on the underwater environment. The Velella R&D project brings together multiple internationally recognized industrial and academic players: BW Ideol, as consortium and project leader, Centrale Nantes, the OPEN-C Foundation, IFREMER, ENSTA Bretagne and IVM technologies.

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