Developing next generation substructures for floating offshore wind turbines of 10MW class


There is a need for new innovative substructure concepts, including floating platforms, to reduce production, installation and O&M costs for water depths of more than 50m. LIFES50+ aims to:

  • Optimize and qualify to a Technology Readiness Level – TRL of 5, two innovative substructure designs for 10MW turbines
  • Develop a streamlined and KPI (key performance indicator) based methodology for the evaluation and qualification process of floating substructures

This is done with a particular focus on:

  • Floating wind turbines installed in water depths from 50m to 200m
  • Offshore wind farms of large wind turbines (10MW)

Applied methodologies include:

  • Multi-fidelity numerical tools in the context of qualifying and optimizing large substructures
  • Experimental techniques specific to floating offshore wind turbines
  • Concept industrialization, as an early focus in the design
  • Uncertainty and risk assessment related to unprecedented large wind turbine substructures

Further information about the project


June 2015 to April 2019

Project coordination:

funded by the Horizon2020 programm of the EU
with 7.3 Mio€



Project partners

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult , UK
Dr.techn.Olav Olsen AS, Norway
Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Denmark
DNV GL, Germany
Ramboll IMS Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Germany
University of Stuttgart, Germany
Politecnico di Milano , Italy
Fundación TECNALIA Research & Innovation, Spain
Iberdrola , Spain
Catalonia Institute for Energy Research, Spain
Ideol, France


Content at SWE

Application and development of multi-fidelity tools, methods and models for the design of floating offshore wind turbines

Development of applicable recommended practices for the early design of floating offshore wind turbines

Further information about the group

Contact at SWE

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Po Wen Cheng

Prof. Dr.

Head of Wind Energy

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