Design and Certification of Taut-synthetic Moorings for Floating Wind Turbines
University of Maine
Technical Challenge Area:
Floating Structure Engineering
UMaine will design, validate through testing, and qualify for use a low-cost taut synthetic rope mooring system for 15MW+ FOWTs for water depths of 45m-80m to alleviate limitations associated with traditional catenary moorings at these depths.
A 15MW FOWT design using a taut synthetic mooring system capable of being deployed at intermediate water depths on the east coast with a targeted LCOE of 7¢/kW-hr.
This newly designed FOWT taut synthetic mooring technology shall seek to advance to TRL 8 through scaled model testing and full-scale rope testing.
Additionally, third party reviews conducted by national labs and offshore classification societies will verify the system's performance and cost effectiveness.