We perform preliminary designs of support structures to determine the most cost-effective solutions. For bottom-fixed offshore wind farms, options typically include monopile, jacket and gravity-base structures, while for floating wind farms we consider semi-sub, spar, TLP and barge concepts.
We also specialise in the design of mooring systems for floating projects.
Design loads are calculated using integrated, time-domain simulations using either the FAST or Bladed codes. These may be integrated with Orcaflex for simulation of floating turbines. Post-processed load outputs are used either for the original design of turbines or support structures, or to check the suitability of an existing turbine or support structure for a specific site.
We utilise our in-house expertise in geotechnical and metocean engineering to support from an early stage in determining site conditions and site risks.
Building on LOC Renewables’ expertise in offshore operations, we advise on installation and operations & maintenance (O&M) logistics. We conduct port studies to assess onshore infrastructure requirements for installation and maintenance activities and provide suitability surveys for proposed support vessels.