- Project to examine the economical and technical feasibility of Tension Leg Platform (TLP) design
- Investigated offshore 5MW wind turbines with hybrid concrete/steel floater and concrete counter weight
- Showed that TLP based solutions could help reduce the costs of offshore wind in the UK
This project was led by Blue H Technologies. The consortium also included BAE Systems, Romax, Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Agricultural Science, EDF, PAFA Consulting Engineers and Sea & Land Power and Energy Ltd. It delivered an economic and technical feasibility study for a novel floating TLP 5MW offshore wind turbine including a hybrid concrete/steel floater and a concrete counter weight.
The project started in January 2009 with an ETI investment of £3.3m and completed in the summer of 2010. The project provided us with valuable data on TLP floating foundation design and cost. It helped shape the next stage of our Offshore Wind programme.
Our analysis also concluded that the cost of energy sites to the South West, North West and North East of the UK could provide highly competitive levelised energy costs.