As the first successful pilots transition into the first commercial projects, floating offshore wind is opening up new vistas to offshore wind generation. To help expand the segment, DNV GL has released the first integrated rule set for floating offshore wind structures (DNVGL-RU-OU-0512).

The rules provide both new entrants and experienced stakeholders a set of well-tested rules and standardised processes for these new structures.

‘Floating offshore wind is poised to be one of the key technologies that can help build the renewable energy power base that underpins global decarbonisation,’ says Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime. ‘By bringing many new players into the sector, floating offshore wind can create a massive space of opportunity for yards, vessel operators, and offshore companies. Unleashing this industry will require businesses from many different sectors and new types of standards to enhance cross sector cooperation. Our new rules build from this foundation – bringing together offshore, energy, maritime and digital expertise to form a truly integrated rule set.’

Bringing different sectors’ standards together

The rules cover all potential hull shapes, including barge, semi-submersible, vertical floating columns (Spar) and tension-leg platform. The basic classification scope covers the floating structure, including mooring systems, with an additional voluntary class notation covering the power generation system, including the tower. The rules are also designed to scale – considering not just the individual units, but the entire field with data-based services and condition-based monitoring (CBM) and through linking with fatigue methodology sensor data.

‘Scaling up floating offshore wind will depend on empowering interested businesses with the confidence to take on a new challenge,’ says Geir Fuglerud, Director of Offshore Classification at DNV GL – Maritime. ‘And this is one of the great strengths of our new rules. As the first truly integrated rule set for floating offshore wind we draw on many different types of standards from different sectors. This means that the new rules don’t shut out the other sectors that need to work together to realise a floating offshore wind project – but expand to bring them all together.’

The DNVGL-RU-OU-0512 classification rules have been developed to complement DNV GL Group’s existing verification and certification services and standards for the floating wind energy market. A description of the rules and links can be found on the DNV GL website.

Picture: Floating offshore wind turbine Hywind (by DNV GL).