Ørsted and the University of Oxford have signed a 5-year agreement for research to optimize the design of offshore wind turbine foundations.
The two organizations have partnered in the past ten years on a variety of projects, with the last one, the PISA (Pile Soil Analysis) project, ‘leading to significant improvements in the design of offshore wind turbine foundations.’
According to the press release: The research under the framework agreement will further develop, extend and embed new geotechnical design ideas into well-defined engineering methods for offshore wind power. The focus will be on cyclic loading, which is an important element of safe design, especially for deeper water and larger turbines. Cyclic loading is the repeated loading that comes from the action of wind and waves on the structure as well as the operation of the turbine. The research activities will deliver new design methods to address this cyclic loading, through doctoral and post-doctoral research projects, including on theoretical development, soil laboratory testing and medium scale field tests.
Head of R&D at Wind Power, Christina Aabo said, “We’re excited about this agreement with the University of Oxford, a world leading institution, which will help us better understand how we can optimise the design of wind turbine foundations. This partnership will enable us to further mature our foundation designs to support even bigger wind turbines in even deeper waters, while reducing costs and risks.”
Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, Byron Byrne said,
“This exciting new phase of collaboration with Ørsted will put the next generation of offshore wind farms on more secure and cost-effective foundations through robust design methods for cyclic loading. This will be challenging but essential if the cost of offshore wind energy is to be further reduced.”