DNV is looking for partners to launch a new joint industry project (JIP) for floating offshore substations. The objective is to align industry best-practice allowing for an accelerated technology development and to close gaps in available substation standards.

This is to enable scaling of floating offshore wind with an acceptable level of commercial, technical, health, safety and environmental risks.

‘In DNV’s latest Energy Transition Outlook Report, we predict that by 2050, the installed floating wind capacity will have grown to over 260 GW and that the technology will reach commercial-scale deployment in the next fifteen years,’ says Kim Sandgaard-Mørk, executive vice president for Renewables Certification at DNV. ‘Although essential for scaling floating offshore wind farms, floating substations have not received the same degree of attention as their turbine counterparts – therefore we are initiating this JIP.’

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JIP about to kick off

Although DNV has published a standard for offshore substations, this is focused on bottom-fixed ones. The JIP is to support the industry by developing rules applicable for floating substations.

An initial workshop on the topic drew in over fifty participants from more than twenty companies, so DNV says there is plenty of interest. The JIP is to take one year, starting in Q4 2021. Other interested parties can still join.

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Picture: A floating wind turbine (by Lo83/Wikimedia).