CROWN Project: Motion Reduction of a Concrete Reduced-draft spar for the Offshore floating Wind iNdustry

The official name of the CROWN project is “Motion Reduction of a Concrete Reduced-draft spar for the Offshore floating Wind iNdustry” which highlights the main aspects that are considered in the project: The consortium is working to reduce the motion of the floating platform by different technologies and approaches. 

Floating wind turbines are a fascinating development in the offshore wind industry of intangible potential worldwide. They enable the harvesting of wind energy at offshore regions where bottom fixed wind turbines are technical or economical infeasible. But also from an engineering perspective they open new challenges and possibilities in design, construction, and operation. 

In the CROWN project, the three partners Seaplace, sowento and the University of Stuttgart are aiming at reducing the wave- and wind-induced motion of the floating platform.  

motion reduction
through advanced
controller design for
floating wind turbines
and real time

At sowento, we will achieve the motion reduction through advanced controller design for floating wind turbines and real time monitoring. A team of hydrodynamic, mechanical, and control experts are collaborating to achieve the project goals. With our deep understanding of the coupled dynamics of floating wind turbines and our expertise in control engineering we will advance our design tools to be used for real-time monitoring. This will be a cornerstone for long-term risk reduction through an online uncertainty quantification of the system behavior. Real-time models coupled with advanced control algorithms can significantly improve the operational behavior of floating wind turbines and reduce the structural loads due to the platform motion.

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