The aim of this project is to identify the main challenges and limitations in offshore wind energy and to seek and analyze viable alternatives in the field of power transmission, dive train technology and offshore blades. The main results we expect are:
Development of a tools for the adequate selection of offshore wind farm configurations, based on: water depth, total power, number of wind turbines, distance to cost, losses, costs, etc. Simulation of different power transmission systems and grid adaptation Examination of price based balancing methods in order to cope with the variability of the wind resources. Development of simulation models and methodologies that allows to analyze innovative concepts for drive train technologies in very large wind turbines (e.g. 15 MW) including: Direct Drive, Gearbox configurations, alternatives to radial-flux generator, superconductor generators, etc. Development of new offshore airfoils for large floating wind turbines taking into account the significant turbine motion. Analysis of floating platform design impact on turbine performance operations.