Design of floating offshore wind turbines

M. Collu, M. Borg

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The floating wind industry is still in its infancy, with just a few scaled-down prototypes deployed around the world, but at the same time there is a lot of interest in this new field, since it is deemed to play a major role in the future of offshore wind. In the present chapter a classification methodology for floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT) systems is presented, followed by some considerations about their conceptual/preliminary design. In doing so, some of the basic concepts and principles are illustrated, starting from the theories developed for oil and gas offshore floating support structures, but adapting/modifying them specifically for FOWT. Then, the key issues in the design of FOWT are presented, such as the lack of design integration, the need for new and specific guidelines and standards, the limits of the numerical models available and the impact of the floating platform on turbine loading. A case study is then presented, and a look into the future trends that have emerged in the latest years is given.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOffshore Wind Farms
Subtitle of host publicationTechnologies, Design and Operation
EditorsChong Ng, Li Ran
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9780081007792, 9780081007808
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2016


  • floating wind turbines
  • FOWT
  • HAWT
  • hydrostatics
  • offshore wind
  • response to wind and wave
  • rigid body dynamics
  • VAWT

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