The Global offshore wind industry needs a solution to float the next generation of large capacity offshore wind turbines in areas which, due to their deep coastal waters, are unable to deploy seabed pile foundations.
A UK company has developed a product that addresses this problem. The product is a floating foundation structure that deploys a solid ballast below its keel and maintains fully fixed connections between the upper floating unit and lower ballast unit. The product meets the potential global demand for a floating structure able to support a 10 MW or larger wind turbine in 80 m or deeper waters with a high focus on modular, multi unit production for mass production.
It is a floating foundation structure that supports a wind turbine in water depths too deep for a foundation secured to the seabed. To improve the stability of the foundation and reduce its potential footprint size, it deploys and suspends a weighted structure below its base using a rigid truss frame with fixed connections to the buoyant structure above and counterweight structure below. Because of the overall structural rigidity, the whole system responds as a single body to interactions with sea and wind.
Potential partners to the company's patent pending product can be companies already operating in the offshore industry. They can either be a company in offshore oil and gas or working as an offshore installation contractor. In these cases a commercial agreement with technical assistance or licencing agreement can be considered. The company is also interested in partnerships with investors for a financial agreement.