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Summer 2014 European Energy Innovation


Effective 3D Float in offshore

wind power

By Mette Johnsrud

The Norwegian coastline ( Norway. The pilot will be installed
has huge wind resources nowitech/ ), says senior scientist at in 2015.
due to good wind IFE, Roy Stenbro.
conditions. The wind With this pilot we can integrate
researchers at IFE are working MAIN FOCUS ON 3D FLOAT 3D models with the actual
with offshore wind to provide For wind power, the main focus measurements, and make the
a technology that uses wind for IFE is the continued work model more precise and exact,
resources effectively. They are with a 3D modelling tool called says Stenbro. It is perhaps the
especially interested in the design 3D Float. 3D Float can simulate most important technical tool for
of turbines. the behaviour of floating wind industry and R&D organizations.
turbines offshore, by measuring
LONG EXPERIENCE how waves, wind, currents, The 3DFloat is state of the
IFE has been doing wind energy turbulence and icing affect the art software for integrated
research for more than 30 years. wind turbines. The tool can simulations of wind turbines on
therefore make it much cheaper land, offshore bottom fixed or
- In the recent years we have to build wind farms, compared to floating. This includes:
focused on offshore wind building expensive new full-scale
turbines, and are one of the models. 2012 saw the start of • The environment of sea and air
founders of the large Norwegian planning a pilot floating turbin
offshore wind energy research in cooperation with other well • The forces generated by the
project named NOWITECH known research institutions in sea and air on the turbine

IFEs researchers have contributed to the Hywind-concept. Photo: Trude Refsal, Statoil
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