Project coordination and management
The consortium assembles research organizations (NGI, IFE), university (NTNU), and private organizations (Equinor, Vattenfall, and Dr. Tech. Olav Olsen). Each partner is keenly interested in contributing to the project, and has the competence to contribute to the new developments.
In addition, research collaboration with several external universities, research institutes, and R&D centres (Danish Technical University, University of Western Australia, Perth, University of Ålborg, University College Dublin, Rambøll Denmark and NOWITECH). These wellestablished institutions within OWT research have been targeted and responded positively. The role of the external partners are elaborated below.
The project will be conducted under the leadership of NGI. The project will in addition involve a range of other highly competent key specialists in each of the partner organizations. See organization chart below.
NGI (Norwegian Geotechnical Institute) is a national centre for geo-related research, With a long experience in R&D in geotechnics and geosciences. NGI has a wide experience wth WT design, installation and monitoring through numerous projects. NGI will carry out the majority of the R&D work related to OWT soil and foundation modelling, soilstructure-interaction, model validation, signal processing and data analysis.
IFE (Institute for Energy Technology) has driven the development of the integrated model 3DFloat, which is considered to be a state of the art model. IFE is leading the activity on integrated analysis within the FME NOWITECH project. 3DFloat has advanced models for sea environment description, sea loads and structure. In the present project, IFE will be involved in implementation and testing of integrated soil-structure-interaction models.
NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology): The research group at NTNU on the topic of foundation for offshore wind turbines presently consist of five PhD candidates and one full professor. The research is founded by a joint academia-industrial initiative in the field Renewable Energy at the faculty. NTNU host the PhD student funded by the project, as well as the PhD student (Kristoffer Skau) provided in-kind by NGI.
OO (Dr. Techn. Olav Olsen) is a structural engineering company that has been involved in numerous R&D projects within OWT through in-house and industry initiatives. OO will be involved in research activities related to OWT redesign and cost analysis using the new foundation models.
The two industrial partners Equinor and Vattenfall represent significant international industry organizations within the offshore wind energy. Their extensive knowledge and insight will be valuable for project decision-making. The experiences of Equinor and Vattenfall stem from many relevant areas including offshore wind R&D and offshore wind farm ownership.
Equinor and its offshore wind energy R&D team in Bergen have high-level knowledge and will take active part in the project. The offshore wind energy team of Vattenfall has wide knowledge in OWT ownership, management, and research.
The partners were chosen based one the knowledge needs to address an important missing element in OWT design. NGI has a long and broad experience within the field of soil/foundation. IFE has top expertise within wind turbine technology and fluid dynamics. NTNU has focused research on OWT and provides PhD education in the project. Olav Olsen is a structural engineering firm with valuable experience in practical design in offshore wind.
Finally, Equinor and Vattenfall represent a significant international industry organizations within offshore wind. Collaboration with the various international R&D centres (see below) will ensure use of most recent international development in the project.
The project will collaborate with the following institutions on the following topics stated for each of them:
- Danish Technical University, DTU - Centrifuge data on monopiles
- University of Western Australia, Perth - Centrifuge data on monopod
- University of Ålborg - Full scale OWT data in Fredrikshavn
- University College Dublin - member of OWT project PISA - Access to data on pile testing.
- Rambøll Denmark - Permanent deformation of OWT Foundations
- The project will be carried out in close collaboration with NOWITECH. The project parties IFE, NTNU, Equinor and Vattenfall are all central partners in NOWITECH and will Ensure knowledge exchange between the two projects and that complementary research is performed in them.
It is intended that the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) will include one member from each of these institutions. TAG will meet once a year to review the progress of the project and give advice on the subject.