Norway-based testing and advisory firm DNV GL has launched a new joint industry project (JIP) together with thirteen global partners for standardization of floating wind turbines.

The parties will mutually develop a recommended practice for the coupled analysis of floating offshore wind turbines.

They will establish minimum requirements for the design on new concepts that can help investors’ assessing techniques, and support the more mature technologies for a safe commercialization.

DNV GL said the practice will lower the risk of inadequate analysis and thus result in substantial time savings.

The company noted that additional advantages arise from the focus on the design of floating wind turbines and the validation of numerical models with regards to their certification.

The recommended practice's coherent structure will also offer a unified cost structure for the project development process.

Companies that have joined the project include Ramboll, Ideol, EDF, MARIN, STX Solutions Europe, Esteyco, NAUTILUS Floating Solutions, Dr. Techn. Olav Olsen, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), GICON, Glosten, Atkins and MARINTEK.

Ideol CEO Paul de la Guérivière said: “We are happy to join this JIP and share our years of experience coupling multiple wind turbines with our patented floater.

“We have been convinced for a long time of the benefits of a common framework for the loads analysis of floating wind turbines and are confident that such efforts will lead to substantial gains in efficiency and cost.

“The Recommended Practice should strongly help the floating offshore wind industry and accelerate the development of commercial-scale floating wind farms.”

DNV GL also noted that based on the latest knowledge and practical know-how, the joint approach of developing future recommended practice will greatly reduce the risk of inadequate analysis, leading to substantial saving in time.

DNV GL – energy segment leader – floating wind turbines Johan Sandberg, added: “We are very happy to continue our commitment to making floating wind power a reality and a large scale energy technology.

“Understanding coupled analysis is a key part of designing and optimising a floating wind turbine and it is encouraging that the industry’s interest in this has been so strong.

“The partners in this project contribute with a wide range of valuable competences, which will make the result effective and credible.”