In a seminal peer-reviewed study entitled “Trends in Floating Offshore Wind Platforms: A Review of Early-Stage Devices,” the spotlight is cast upon Monobase Wind’s MSPAR floating offshore wind turbine foundation technology. The study, encompassing a comprehensive analysis of 86 early-stage platform designs, unravels a nuanced evolution in design paradigms within the realm of floating offshore wind turbines (FOWT).
The study undertakes a meticulous examination of 86 FOWT platform designs, ranging from conceptual frameworks to platforms subjected to exacting laboratory tests simulating extreme conditions. It elucidates the genesis of FOWT platforms, initially influenced by conventional floating structures in the oil and gas industry, and delineates their subsequent departure to address the distinctive exigencies of offshore wind technology.
The research delineates four discernible phases encapsulating the chronological progression of FOWT platform designs. It delineates the initial emulation of structures from the oil and gas sector, followed by a deliberate deviation to tailor designs to the specific requirements of offshore wind technology.
The study accentuates recent endeavors in cost reduction strategies, emphasizing three pivotal approaches: tailoring platforms for specific geographical locations or environmental conditions, augmenting manufacturability, and spearheading innovative platforms that markedly diverge from conventional designs. Monobase Wind’s MSPAR technology stands as an exemplar of the latter, embodying a departure from traditional designs with its autonomous resonators.
As part of the innovative platform strategy, the study identifies emerging trends such as multi-turbine platforms, hybrid configurations, those integrating a spectrum of stability mechanisms, and hydrodynamically specialized platforms. Monobase Wind’s MSPAR technology aligns seamlessly with this trajectory, prioritizing stability and efficiency in the domain of offshore wind energy production.
The study culminates with a contemplation of prospective trends, underscoring the challenge faced by platform designers in reconciling the imperatives of heightened standardization and specialization. Monobase Wind’s MSPAR technology emerges as a vanguard, symbolizing the delicate equilibrium required to navigate the evolving design landscape of offshore wind platforms.