LEVERAGE OUR EXTENSIVE
FLOATING FOUNDATION DESIGN EXPERTISE
Power generation from floating wind farms is an exciting but relatively new concept. Its potential is large, particularly on coastlines where the water depth drops rapidly, but the pool of expertise in this area is small. Few engineering firms have the skill and experience necessary to consult on and assist with these types of projects, which had previously faced insurmountable financial and industrial hurdles.
At DIS/CREADIS, our engineers have participated in wind farm floating foundation design projects for more than two decades and now have played critical roles in multiple cutting-edge floating wind farm concepts. Capitalizing on the best practices we’ve developed through the years and our rapidly expanding institutional knowledge of floating wind specifically, we are able to make vital contributions to promising new initiatives.
CRITICAL CAPABILITIES IN
FLOATING FOUNDATION DESIGN
As floating wind farm developers, owners, operators, and other stakeholders continue to push the envelope on floating foundation design so that wind turbines can eventually be commissioned in deeper waters, we remain committed to supporting clients with engineering, concepts design. and project management solutions.
For example, companies are beginning to see that today’s depth limits of 200-300 meters are only temporary and they are already envisioning floating wind farms at depths of 1,000 meters or more. We are one of few engineering firms with notable experience in floating foundation design and this includes being a critical partner in the development of the new TetraSpar floating wind turbine foundation.
That project involved elements of the primary floating foundation design, including structural connection elements, as well as secondary structure design, including:
- External work platform
- Boat landing
- Cable I-tube
- Cable pull-in equipment
We also contributed to the solutions and procedures for assembly, load-out, towing, and ballasting and supported the engineering of transport, lifting, and installation equipment according to current regulatory standards. The full-scale floating wind prototype TetraSpar Demonstrator, owned by Stiesdal, Shell, RWE, and TEPCO, is now operational at the Metcentre test site off the coast of Norway.
WHY COLLABORATE WITH DIS/CREADIS
ON A FLOATING FOUNDATION DESIGN?
Stakeholders turn to us for engineering and project management assistance on floating foundation design projects for several reasons.
First and foremost, we have broad and deep expertise in onshore and offshore wind farm design, implementation, and maintenance. That knowledge and the processes we have developed for working effectively and efficiently with wind farm owners, operators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and other vendors puts us far ahead of many engineering firms that are newly interested in pursuing wind farm projects.
In addition, while floating wind is a “young” field, we have been continuously involved in this area since 2018 and have worked behind the scenes contributing indirectly to its evolution. This involvement gives us an in-depth understanding of the industry’s most pressing challenges and allows us to map our structural, mechanical, electrical, and controls capabilities to future solutions.
This experience across the value chain is why a growing number of stakeholders trust DIS/CREADIS as a pivotal partner in delivering reliable, cost-efficient solutions across the entire offshore wind value chain. By leveraging our deep domain expertise and tested resources, we are helping pioneer the floating wind industry.
DESIGN SUCCESS STORIES
In the fledgling floating wind industry, the number of complete projects is relatively small. But the field is gaining momentum rapidly, and we are happy to say our teams are helping drive it forward. Just as importantly, our contributions to many aspects of floating wind initiatives, particularly floating foundation design, are helping wind farm owners and our technical partners achieve their goals.
Read the customer success stories below to learn more about our role in successful floating wind farm projects.
KNOWLEDGE & INSIGHTS
PAVING THE WAY FOR THE ADOPTION OF OFFSHORE WIND IN THE UNITED STATESnnCREADIS believes in the value and future of floating offshore wind in the U.S. having witnessed firsthand the benefits of implementing offshore wind farms in several countries across the globe.n n n
WIND POWER OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE - FAST, AFFORDABLE AND EFFICIENT OPTIMIZATIONSnnThe economic downturn triggered by the pandemic and geopolitical conditions affected the entirety of the wind industry with unsettled supply chains and workforce as well as economic-driven energy reductions.n n
BLADE ACCESS PLATFORMnnDIS/CREADIS designs unique solution for PP Techniq’s new Blade Access Platform ‘SQYFlex’.n n n
ELECTRICAL DESIGN SOLUTIONSnnCREADIS provided complete electrical design solutions for 113 offshore wind farm foundations for the energy company, Vattenfalln n
ASSET MANAGEMENT STRATEGYnnMost operations and maintenance strategies in the wind turbine industry are based on undocumented decision making, which in most cases is too conservative.n
LIFTING & TRANSPORT EQUIPMENTnnSafety, ease-of-use, installation time, and reliability are all priorities when designing lifting and transport equipment for wind turbine components.n
MULTIBRAND DOCUMENTATIONnnFAQ for owners and operators. Get the answers to the most commonly asked questions such as: What is the purpose of multi-brand documentation? How can multi-brand documentation increase efficiency, improve asset performance and enable knowledge sharing?n