Reference Design Cases for Floating Offshore Wind Arrays

Fiona Devoy McAuliffe, Ericka Lozon, Matthew Hall, Muk Ong, Chern Lee, Ju Feng, Milad Moghtadaei, Chris Wright

Research output: NRELPoster


Given the immature nature of the Floating Offshore Wind (FLOW) industry, there is a need for reference FLOW farm designs to allow researchers and technology developers to study the behavior of floating wind turbine systems, without having to design every part of those systems or without having to get access to a wide range of information that is often confidential. The International Energy Agency (IEA) Wind Task 49 is facilitating research collaboration on the integrated design of Floating Offshore Wind Arrays (FOWA), and will develop several reference FOWAs to facilitate R&D activities of the floating wind community and efficient scale change of the floating wind industry (from pilot farms to commercial ones). This paper will outline the key design considerations the task has identified for the sustainable deployment of large-scale FOWAs. The aim is to prepare a comprehensive overview of the different elements that impact the design of FOWA to support the development of best practices for FOWA design. The paper will also present three baseline reference design cases that are being prepared for shallow, intermediate and deep water sites. The final designs will be made open access including the engineering and cost inputs to accelerate further innovation, research and the deployment of FOWAs.
Original languageAmerican English
PublisherNational Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
StatePublished - 2024

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2024 EERA DeepWind Conference, 17-19 January 2024, Trondheim, Norway

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PO-5000-88502


  • array layout
  • dynamic cable
  • floating wind
  • IEA wind
  • mooring system
  • reference design


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