Chair: John Olav Tande, Coordinator of the Sub-Programme Offshore Balance of Plant (SP6)
The main objective of the session was to share knowledge and results from new research within the area of offshore wind energy, in particular focusing on offshore wind balance of plant, i.e. substructures, transmission and O&M. Two presentations were given:
- Research priorities for floating wind energy: Multidisciplinary and multiscale research strategy at Centrale Nantes, Sandrine Aubrun, Professor at Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Laboratory of Research on Hydrodynamics, Energetics and Atmospheric Environment (LHEEA)
- Exploitation of the far-offshore wind energy resource, Aurelien Babarit, Head of Marine Energies and Ocean Group at Ecole Centrale de Nantes
The first presentation by professor Sandrine Aubrun gave an excellent overview of the research priorities for floating wind energy for Ecole Centrale de Nantes. The presentation addressed both multidisciplinary and multiscale research to advance the development of floating wind energy.
Dr. Aurelien Babarit heading the Marine Energies and Ocean Group at Ecole Centrale de Nantes gave the second presentation. He presented a highly innovative concept for far-offshore wind energy, i.e. wind turbines located far offshore. This opens for exploiting an otherwise untapped large offshore wind resource, but with challenges related to grid connection, mooring, etc. To this, dr. Babarit suggested innovative solutions such as floating turbines being kept in position by propellers and using the energy to produce fuel (H2 or others).
Both presentations were very well received and initiated good discussions among the participants at the session.