DNV has launched a new Joint Industry Project (JIP) called Concrete FLOW with the aim of optimising requirements for concrete floaters specifically tailored for floating offshore wind farms.
Concrete floaters pose special challenges, particularly those related to topics such as leakproofness, which govern the design of the floater. Balancing the controlled cracking of concrete structures to maintain floatability and ensure long-term durability is crucial. DNV sees concrete floaters as a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to steel floaters, particularly for larger turbine sizes. The project encompasses concrete structures, geotechnics, and floating technologies. The project starts initially with 14 partners, and DNV welcomes additional partners to join.