Foundations and substructures

Foundations and substructures

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:

  • condition monitoring assessment and corrosion management;
  • innovation within existing foundation concepts and around novel foundation designs;
  • standardisation of secondary components and development of standard codes;

For tidal and wave, our priorities will include:

  • foundation optimisation and standardisation;
  • innovations around anchoring types and mooring solutions.

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