AFLOWT - Accelerating market uptake of FLoating Offshore Wind Technology

Project Summary

 The EC recently ratified a target of 27% of renewable energy by 2030, in association with a target of 40% carbon reduction.  NWE needs to decarbonise its energy system.  Wind energy is currently the most mature & cost-effective means of renewable energy generation, however land space and access to shallow offshore site (less than 50m water depth) are limited; space for future deployments is a major issue for further increasing wind generation capacity. 

Wide spread market uptake of wind energy in deep water sites requires 4 elements;
- Demonstration of high survivability cost competitive Floating Offshore Wind (FOW) technology
- Raise awareness with and provide confidence to investors and project developers regarding technology investability
- Creation of supportive policy environment
- Develop an active supply chain

Demonstrate the investability with at least 20 investors & project developers to raise awareness and promote the uptake of FOW.
Creation of a shared political and industry vision for the development of FOW across the entire NWE region.  Currently there is no shared vision.
Publication of a NWE FOW Development Plan to coordinate a change in private sector perception of floating offshore wind investability, whilst also creating supportive policy and an active supply chain across the NWE region. 
Deployment of FOW platform in depths of over 50m, average wind resource of 10m/s and extreme waves of over 30m that will generate 13,140 MWh/y. Building on the work that SAIPEM did deploying the HyWind project.

Long term effects
By 2032 the project will have supported:
- Commercial uptake of the solution on 5 sites
- 2000 MW additional capacity of floating offshore wind energy production
- 1,040,000 tons CO2 equivalent decrease of GHG emissions


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Project Partners


    1/7 avenue de San Fernando

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  • Maritime Research Institute Netherlands

    2 Haagsteeg

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  • University College Cork, National University of Ireland

    1 Beaufort Building, Ringaskiddy
    P43 C573

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  • Electricity Supply Board International

    1 Dublin Airport, One Dublin Airport Central

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  • Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems

    45 Am Seedeich

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  • CaLiCyA

    91 Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré

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  • European Marine Energy Centre Limited

    1 Back Street
    United Kingdom

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Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
European Marine Energy Centre Limited 1 Back Street
United Kingdom
Name Contact Name Email Country
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland Patricia Comiskey Ireland
SAIPEM Mathieu Auperin France
Maritime Research Institute Netherlands Nicola Grasso Netherlands
University College Cork, National University of Ireland Jimmy Murphy Ireland
Electricity Supply Board International Claire Whiteway Ireland
Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems Mareike Leimeister Germany
CaLiCyA Etienne Almoric // Aurélien Zuccarini // France


Partner profile: Fraunhofer IWES

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES has institute locations at five sites in the northern part of Germany, where it focuses on wind energy system technologies on all scales - from nanometres within the material development research to kilometres when doing site investigations and wind field simulations. Read More


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