Fred. Olsen 1848 developing floating foundation design

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 05/05/2022 Fred. Olsen 1848

Fred. Olsen 1848 has unveiled a new floating wind turbine foundation called BRUNEL The company stated it has been in development for several years and features a modular design.

BRUNEL enters the market at an advanced technological stage, with a final tank test completed at SINTEF Ocean in February 2022. In parallel, BRUNEL received DNV’s statement of feasibility in April 2022. With the tank test and DNV statement of feasibility, BRUNEL has completed reached Technological Readiness Level 4 (TRL 4).

Fred. Olsen 1848 is determined to make BRUNEL available for commercial use as quickly as possible. Working with SINTEF Ocean, a Physical-Numerical Validation Approach will be applied to demonstrate and qualify BRUNEL according to standard procedures from Oil & Gas and maritime, i.e., exempting the need for piloting and full-scale demonstration. BRUNEL is expected to reach TRL 8 and be ready for commercial application within three years.

BRUNEL is designed for a wide range of geographical deployment areas, and with scalability to fit the next generation of wind turbines without noticeable changes to the design. In addition, Brunel has a low draft for flexibility in ports.

Fred. Olsen 1848 also revealed  it has a Floating Maintenance Solutions on the way to the market to enhance operations and maintenance activities, including component exchange, at the floating offshore wind site.  Avoiding having to tow the foundations to shore for component exchange, will further drive down the cost of LCOE.

Sofie Olsen Jebsen, CEO, Fred. Olsen 1848: “Brunel is designed for the next generation of wind turbines. With its low LCOE and ability for serial and mass production, we believe the Brunel to be a game-changer that can unlock the potential of floating offshore wind”