DNV is looking for partners to take part in a floating offshore wind substation joint industry project (JIP), which aims to align industry best practice to enable accelerated technology development.

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DNV also hopes to close gaps in available substation standards so that the scaling of floating wind aligns with an acceptable level of commercial, technical, health, safety and environmental risks.

Kim Sandgaard-Mørk, executive vice president for renewables certification at DNV, said: “In DNV’s latest Energy Transition Outlook report, we predict that by 2050 the installed floating wind capacity will have grown to over 260 GW and that the technology will reach commercial-scale deployment in the next 15 years. Although essential for scaling floating offshore wind farms, floating substations have not received the same degree of attention as their turbine counterparts – therefore we are initiating this JIP.”

Markus Kochmann, head of offshore substations in renewables certification at DNV, added: “Together with partners from the industry, DNV developed the standard DNV-ST-0145 Offshore Substations. Over the past 10 years, this standard became widely used in the industry. The current standard focuses on bottom-fixed substations, but we see a growing trend towards floating wind and we want to use this JIP to support the industry by developing rules applicable for floating substations.”

The JIP is intended to run for one year. It has already garnered interest from the industry but DNV is now calling for more partners to enhance technology development for floating offshore wind substations.