February 1 (Renewables Now) - The Carbon Trust this week announced three tenders for innovative technologies in the floating offshore wind sector, all with a deadline by February 21, 2019.
Marine companies will be able to submit bids in a tender that seeks to identify and assess innovative mooring systems and anchoring solutions that can be applied in challenging environmental conditions. The second tender calls for research of the drivers behind using tow-to-port maintenance strategies in floating wind farms, including the assessment of procedures for disconnecting and reconnecting floating wind facilities into a large-scale plant and different maintenance strategies.
The last competition aims to evaluate state-of-the-art methods and innovative solutions for heavy lift offshore operations at a floating wind farm. The conduct of detailed feasibility studies and detailed method statements for heavy lift offshore maintenance is also part of the requirements.
The tender announcements were welcomed by Marine-i, a European Union (EU)-funded programme designed to promote innovation in marine technology in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.