Dimension and design of reliable foundation systems for offshore wind farms

The SOLCYP+ project looks to improve the dimension and design of driven and bored monopiles to build fixed offshore wind farms.

In a context of growing unitary power, the investments associated with offshore wind foundations represent an important part of CAPEX, reaching up to 20% of the total. A key to improving the competitiveness of this type of energy production is the limiting of conservative design practices, resulting in optimized designs and reduced costs. To achieve this, foundation behavior evolution throughout the structural life-cycle needs to be better understood.

The primary objective of SOLCYP+ is to develop a methodology predicting the effects of a cyclic load stemming from soil-structure interactions. Sandy and carbonated soils are of particular interest to the SOLCYP+ project; both of which are currently found in French waters where offshore wind foundations will be installed. Until now, carbonated soils have not been extensively studied in this context. This project focuses on French challenges to wind farm development where four of the slated wind farm projects (St Nazaire, Courseulles, Fécamp and Le Tréport) from the first two French tenders involve this type of soil.

Partners
9

PARTNERS SUPPORT US

picto money
998

K€ TOTAL BUDGET

Project duration
36

MONTHS PROJECT DURATION

Miguel Pacheco Andrade

Team Lead - Geotechnical Design & Installation
DONG Energy
London, UK

Elisabeth Palix

Senior Geotechnical Engineer

EDF Energies Nouvelles

Paris, France

Marc Kham

R&D Engineer

EDF

Sinclay, France

Guillaume Damblans

Technological Research Program Manager

France Energies Marines
Brest, France

Jean Claude Dupla

Researcher

École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées

Paris, Brest

Alain Peuch

Technical Director

Fugro

Nanterre, France

Sebastien Burlon

R&D Engineer
IFSTTAR
Marne-la-Vallée, France

Luc Thorel

Senior Researcher
IFSTTAR
Bouguenais, France

Yves Marin

Technical Lead - Chief structural engineer

INNOSEA
Nantes, France

Hussein Mroueh

Professor
Laboratoire Génie Civil et géo-Environnement
Lille, France

Christophe Dano

Teacher/researcher
Laboratoire 3SR
Grenoble, France