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Scientist Jacobus Bernardus de Vaal coordinating users to
develop the open source code for the 3D-program.

• The structural loads and COST-EFFECTIVE CONCEPTS -We for example have experience
the motion of the turbine, Reducing the costs of energy with monopile, jacket,
including rotor, tower, sub- is vital for offshore wind, and tension leg buoy (TLB), semi-
structure and mooring lines. lies at the core of IFE’s wind submersible and spare buoy
energy research. The offshore designs. Examples of tasks are
• Turbine control system wind industry is still young, and optimized design of rotor, tower,
it is not known what the best sub-structure and mooring,
OPEN SOURCE CODE designs are. IFE therefore focuses and analysis of dimensioning
In 2013 the 3D Float developers on developing and evaluating loads and fault conditions, says
made an open source code of promising cost-effective concepts. Stenbro. l
the program, enabling more
users and developers to make About IFE
use of the code. As for now,
students and part of the industry IFE is an international research foundation for energy and nuclear technology. The
are contributing in the work institute was founded in 1948, and is today an independent foundation. The annual
of developing the software turnover is approximately NOK 850 million, and IFE has about 600 employees. IFE’s
program. vision is to be an internationally leading energy research institute. IFE’s mandate is to
undertake research and development, on an ideal basis and for the benefit of society,
“This enables us to increase the within the energy and petroleum sector, and to carry out assignments in the field
value of the 3D modelling tool”, of nuclear technology for the nation. The institute strives for a more climate friendly
says Stenbro. energy system based on renewable and CO2-free energy sources.
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