MooringSense is in the final stages of the project and the consortium is currently in the last phase of the initiative. In this phase, the partners will evaluate and validate the results obtained during the testing of the enabling technologies developed within the project.
MooringSense aims to reduce the costs associated with floating offshore wind energy production by 10-15% and improving energy production by 2-3%. To achieve this, the partners have developed innovative technologies to improve wind turbines’ operational control and optimise the installations’ maintenance by monitoring their health.
In this sense, the validation includes the evaluation of the fulfilment of the objectives set within the initiative, among which are to reduce the failure rate by reducing the loads; decrease inspection costs; reduce downtime due to weather or damage to the mooring system; improve the design of the mooring system through modelling tools; and optimise the design of the mooring system by mitigating the dynamic loads.
To check whether all the stipulated objectives have been met, the consortium will take into account the behaviour of the enabling technologies during the tests performed by each partner, as well as analysing how they all work as a whole. This will be done under a new risk-based structural integrity management strategy supported by a new software tool developed specifically for this assessment.
The results achieved so far by the consortium are very promising and will be presented in the coming days to the European Commission together with the last deliverables of the project.