Why considering the installation phase is important in offshore wind turbine design
Whether the wind turbine is planned positioned onshore, at-shore or offshore, the structural design must be based on environmental conditions, expected design life and inspection philosophy.
For offshore fields, the installation is generally carried out by vessels and crane. During this phase, operating weather windows easily becomes a bottleneck - regardless of whether the structural design is fixed or floating.
For onshore installations, road access to the wind farm may easily pose a challenge, whereas at-shore fields often experience challenges with access to infrastructure as well as geotechnical properties of the site.
Through our 30 years of experience with offshore design, we have experienced that ensuring focus on these elements early in the concept development allows for a smoother installation phase and better project completion. Therefore, we opt for a modular based design, which provides flexibility and low cost.