New floating wind turbine concepts are being developed and demonstration projects provide the first steps towards small generating arrays comprising a handful of turbines.
This in turn will spark further research and innovation, and provide insight into how to combine technologies and further optimise designs.
Reservoir water injection
Demonstration projects are essential for the success of a future, prosperous, floating wind technology industry. However, power production from floating wind turbine technology could prove to be commercially viable for certain markets and applications already today.
Integrating the power supply from floating wind turbines with offshore oil and gas activities could provide an innovative mean to enable for example reservoir water flooding operations.
A high-level economic assessment based on key technical components have indicated that a using a floating wind turbine to power a water injection system, could be an economically viable alternative at step-out distances of between 20-30 kilometres.
This autonomous system is deemed as technically feasible and could reduce costs for developing marginal, satellite fields which today requires long power cables from the platforms. By avoiding gas turbines for powering the operations, also fuel costs can be reduced.
A successful demonstration could have a significant impact for both the O & G and floating wind turbine industry.