Bureau Veritas has awarded approval in principle to Hyundai Heavy Industries for its design and development of a new floating offshore wind turbine foundation.

The offshore floating wind substructure ‘Hi-Float’ is designed to support a 10MW wind turbine using a passive ballast system that ensures risk is kept to a minimum during offshore operations. The performance of Hi-Float in an offshore environment was verified through numerical analysis and wave basin model testing.

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Floating wind turbines will become increasingly common Photo: BV

“This announcement demonstrates the importance of this technology, which will enable the development of future clean energy with zero carbon emissions, while managing risks of floating offshore wind farm development with efficient and safe operation of large-scale wind turbines,” commented Alex Gregg-Smith, executive vice president for Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore.

“We are also confident that our cooperation on technology development will lead to further successes to both HHI and BV within the developing renewable energy and floating offshore wind technology sectors, which will play a major role in the fight against climate change,” he added.

There has been an increase in the number of floating wind projects with the technology expected to grow and diversify in the coming years.

Currently, however, the share of floating installations in the offshore wind market remains limited. In 2019, out of Europe’s total offshore wind capacity of 22 GW, the largest regional capacity worldwide, floating wind still only represented 0.2% compared to bottom-fixed installations.

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Representatives of HHI receive BV’s AiP Photo: BV