FLOAting Wind Energy netwoRk (FLOAWER) (FLOAWER)

FLOAWER is a European project in the framework of the Horizon 2020 programme, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Innovative Training Networks.

Main participants

ECOLE CENTRALE DE NANTES (coordinator), POLITECNICO DI MILANO, CARL VON OSSIETZKY UNIVERSITAET OLDENBURG, UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART, CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK – NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK, NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU, DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET, WAVEC/OFFSHORE RENEWABLES – CENTRO DE ENERGIA OFFSHORE ASSOCIACAO, UNIVERSITAET ROSTOCK.

Project objective

The FLOAting Wind Energy netwoRk (FLOAWER) will provide 13 Early Stage Researchers (ESR) with an interdisciplinary training with the aim to design better performing, economically viable floating wind turbines. As part of their research activity, ESRs will contribute to the development of cutting-edge numerical and experimental tools for the wind resource and the subsystem design (heave-plates, load effects on floaters, substructure) of vertical and horizontal axis wind turbines. Their work will contribute to define cost-effective floating wind turbine designs.

Expected outcome

Wind power is one of the fastest-growing renewable energy technologies and is the second largest form of power generation capacity in Europe. However, 90% of the wind energy is currently produced inland and space is becoming scarce for new installations. Floating Offshore Wind (FOW) represents a unique opportunity for Europe, since deep (>60m) offshore areas represent 60-80% of the European offshore wind potential. However, the sector faces two main challenges: high costs and a gap of skilled human resources.

FLOAWER network uniquely gathers outstanding academics and FOW industrial leaders, covering the entire offshore wind industry value chain (ie. farm developers, offshore subsystem suppliers -turbine, floater, mooring- and wind resource specialists). ESR will thus benefit from the multidisciplinary expertise of 25 major academic and industrial partners, and a unique panel of research infrastructures, from lab scale (wind tunnel, wave tanks, etc.) to full scale (pre-commercial floating wind turbines and farms).
FLOAWER multidisciplinary approach will endow the ESR with scientific, technical, and soft skills to train the new generation of high-profile scientists and engineers, provide them with enhanced career perspectives and address offshore wind energy industry needs. Altogether, FLOAWER will strengthen European wind energy industry leadership and competitiveness.

Contributing organizations

IDEOL, ENSMA (École Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et d’Aérotechnique), AERODYN, IWES (Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems), IST (Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa), LEOSPHERE, EQUINOR, VICINAY, CNR-IMN (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto di Ingegneria del Mare), VORTEX, GICON (Grossmann Ingenieur Consult GmbH), EOLFI, HYDROQUEST, EAWE (European Academy of Wind Energy), MICROPERI.

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