The FLOAting Wind Energy netwoRk (FLOAWER) will provide 13 Early Stage Researchers (ESR) with interdisciplinary training with the aim to design better performing and more economically viable floating wind turbines. As part of their research activity, ESRs will develop innovative methods and new models to address the scientific and technological challenges of the floating offshore wind energy sector. Their work will contribute to the development of improved FOW designs under the constraint of LCOE reduction, which requires a multidisciplinary approach where all sub-system designs are jointly optimised.
The FLOAWER network gathers relevant academics and FOW industrial leaders, covering the entire offshore wind industry value chain (i.e. farm developers, offshore subsystem suppliers and wind energy resource experts). The ESRs will not only benefit from this multidisciplinary expertise of 25 major academic and industrial partners, but will equally have access to a unique panel of research infrastructures, from lab-scale (wind tunnel, wave tanks, etc.) to full-scale (pre-commercial floating wind turbines and farms).
FLOAWER’s multidisciplinary approach will endow the ESRs with the adequate scientific, technical and soft skills to become the next generation of high-profile scientists and engineers addressing the needs of the offshore wind energy industry, thus providing them with improved career perspectives. In general, FLOAWER will significantly contribute to strengthen the European wind energy industry leadership and competitiveness.
- Participation in the selection process of young researcher candidates at the beginning of their careers to fill the positions available on the network
- Hiring a young researcher to work, at WavEC, in the economic evaluation of offshore wind floating throughout the duration of the project
Project Coordinator at WavEC: José Cândido
Total Funding (Requested contribution): € 3 500 382
WavEC Funding: € 237 720
Duration: November 2019 – October 2023 (48 months)
Coordinator: Ecole Centrale De Nantes (ECN)
Partners: Politecnico Di Milano (POLIMI), Carl Von Ossietzky Universitaet Oldenburg (Uni Oldenburg), Universitaet Stuttgart (USTUTT), Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), University College Cork - -NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK (UCC), Norges Teknisknaturvitenskapelige Universitet (NTNU), WavEC Offshore Renewables and Universitaet Rostock (UROS).