On June 17, 2021
Floating wind design turn-key software developed by industry partners
A digital solution to design the anchoring and electrical connections of floating windfarms, optimising the performance and output of subsea connections, has been developed by a group of expert companies within offshore renewables.
The project has been developed by a collaborative partnership that comprises floating wind power developer EOLFI (part of the Shell Group), renewables engineering consultancy Innosea, electrical engineering and numerical simulation consultancy Capsim, software providers AbyssCAD, and engineering school Centrale Nantes.
The software, called STATIONIS, is a first of its kind in the field of floating wind, and provides a turn-key solution for defining the optimal mooring design and inter-array cabling of a floating windfarm.
“This is a unique all-in-one anchorage and electrical connection design software that provides the ability to design a floating wind power farm from the optimal architectural design of the anchors to the internal electric structure, to delivery at sea. It will be hugely beneficial to developers of floating wind farms,” says Hakim Mouslim, managing director of Innosea, an independent engineering firm that specialises in the renewables sector and is part of Oslo-listed AqualisBraemar LOC ASA
The STATIONIS software helps to design and scale the underwater architecture of a floating wind power farm. It also supports the decision making regarding electrical equipment and anchorage for a specific architectural set-up in order to optimise the performance of the underwater connections, outputting rapid calculations of economic and technical indicators.
“STATIONIS is a one of a kind software, enabling early design considerations for moorings and cabling for floating offshore wind farms”, says Thomas Soulard, Centrale Nantes
The tool can support decision-making in the development of floating windfarm projects at any stage of the design cycle and for any size and type of windfarm.
“This software improves the design quality of floating wind farms from a technical, cost and risk perspective, it’s a very user-friendly decision-making tool that allows to find the optimal subsea configuration. It represents a substantial time-saver in the front-end engineering development phase,” says Matthieu Pettinotti, EOLFI.
“We are very proud to have been selected to distribute this must-have software in the growing world of the floating wind industry”, Norbert Contat, ABYSS CAD.
“STATIONIS delivers optimised solutions for the electrical distribution grid, calculated by dedicated heuristic methods in considering both bathymetry and mooring constraints. Dynamic parts of electrical cables are also considered by calculating their 3-D position for every extreme meteorological condition”, Antoine Marzouk, Capsim.