Certification body DNV GL has published a revised standard for the design of floating wind turbine structures, DNV GL-ST-0119, and a new guideline for the certification of floating wind turbines, DNVGL-SE-0422.

The two documents define design and certification requirements for floating offshore wind turbine concepts, prototypes and projects. The guidelines provide the most comprehensive technical reference suite for this Source: NRELSource: NRELemerging technology, enabling the safe and reliable realization of floating wind projects. The documents cover the complete requirements for the integrated system and can be applied for design and certification of floating wind farms, turbines or their components.

In its recently published Energy Transition Outlook report DNV GL forecasts that by 2050, 12 percent of world primary energy supply will come from wind energy, of which 20 percent will come from offshore wind. In relative terms, offshore wind is growing 85-fold (2050 vs 2016), which is the same growth rate as for solar photovoltaics (also 85-fold).

To ensure the new technology is adapted safely, DNV GL has developed the technical guidelines based on the experience from research projects and verification of existing floating wind prototypes and pilot wind farms. The documents are built on DNV GL’s longstanding experience in the oil and gas and bottom-fixed offshore wind industry by referencing proven standards, in addition to addressing specific floating wind challenges.

The technical standard for the design of floating wind turbine structures, DNV GL-ST-0119 and the new service guideline for the certification of floating wind turbines, DNVGL-SE-0422 are applicable for the entire floating structure, from the control of the single turbine and floater to mooring and anchors of the complete wind farm.

To support safe structures, the complete certification process is aligned with existing bottom-fixed wind turbine certification schemes. DNV GL has worked together with the industry over the last decade to develop a certification scheme tailored to the needs of the industry.

To contact the author of this article, email engineering360editors@globalspec.com