Adapting to the challenges of larger turbines, and to producing more energy in deeper waters, ORE Catapult is developing a series of programs to support innovation and cost reduction in the foundations and substructure sector.
Foundations and substructures are evolving as offshore wind installations move farther from shore in ever deeper waters. With larger turbines, there are associated challenges around the large loads on foundations, their enduring stability, and their growing size. The variety of foundation concepts deployed internationally and developed to date– from monopoles to gravity bases, tripods to jackets, and even floating and hybrid foundations – makes this an active area of research, innovation and standardisation.
Research & development
This is an important area of focus for technology innovation, and our priorities in this area will include:
For tidal and wave, our priorities will include: