Floating wind will contribute to the UK’s energy security and is critical to meeting net-zero emission targets.
Traditional fixed offshore wind turbines are restricted to waters up to 80 metres deep. Combining the tried and tested technology of offshore platforms and wind turbines we can now move into deeper waters with higher and more consistent wind speeds.
Floating foundations can be used at deep depths and consist of a balanced floating substructure moored to the seabed with anchors. The substructure may be stabilised using buoyancy, mooring lines, or a ballast. Several designs for floating offshore wind substructures currently exist for various depth ranges, including barges, semi-submersibles and tension leg platforms.