Shared Mooring Systems for Deep-Water Floating Wind Farms
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Technical Challenge Area:
Floating Structure Engineering
The aim of this project was to investigate the feasibility of using shared moorings in a floating wind farm to reduce overall stationkeeping system material and installation costs, hence lowering the LCOE of wind farms in deep waters.
The objectives of this project are to develop a shared mooring floating wind farm design;
improve simulation tools to enable loads analysis of such a farm;
and conduct analyses to compare the performance and cost of the shared mooring farm with those of a conventional individually moored farm.
The goal is to demonstrate significant cost reduction opportunities and provide the industry with design tools that can be used to pursue these cost reductions commercially.