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Suction bucket foundationA consortium including Siemens Gamesa, Universal Foundation, Aalborg University, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and has been awarded € 3.8 million by the Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EUDP) via the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate. The partnership seeks to demonstrate how an industrialised suction bucket concept can decrease the installation costs of offshore wind foundations.
The specific purpose of this Part 2 project is to complete an offshore trial installation campaign using the new suction bucket concept prototype. The partnership builds on an ongoing project (Part 1) under which a new suction bucket concept has been designed and an 8x8 meter prototype has been fabricated. During Part 2, the prototype will be used for the offshore trial installation campaign. The new concept merges the noise free installation advantages of suction buckets with industrialised fabrication methods using coil steel (instead of classical plate steel). The fabrication method was originally developed between Siemens Gamesa and the Danish steel specialist Ib Andresen Industries for application in onshore towers. The aim is to mature the industrialised suction bucket concept towards full commercial scale.
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