Supporting clients with their innovations is a core part of MARIN’s strategy and this was recently highlighted when TouchWind's pioneering floating offshore wind turbine was tested in the Concept Basin.
Designed by Dutch startup company TouchWind, the new floater design’s behaviour was successfully tested while being exposed to a storm occurring once in 100 years in harsh North Sea conditions. The floater faced winds of 50m/s and a significant wave height of 13 m. As well as wind and wave loads, mooring systems were examined.
Named TouchWind Mono, the design is unusual compared to conventional turbines because it has a tilting, one-piece rotor, making it robust and reliable. The proof of principle concept study is supported by a subsidy from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).
TouchWind Mono has a tilting,one-piece motor, making it robust and reliable
MARIN TESTS TOUCHWIND'S PIONEERING WIND TURBINE
TouchWind updated together with MARIN the floater design and tested its behavior in the Concept Basin. In here MARIN is able to test down scaled floating wind turbines with wind load, wave loads and the mooring system. We exposed it with success to a storm occurring once every 100 years at the north sea, with winds of 50m/s and a significant wave height of 13m.