The FLOTANT project

“The main objective of FLOTANT project is to develop the conceptual and basic engineering, including performance tests of the mooring and anchoring systems and the dynamic cable to improve cost-efficiency, increased flexibility and robustness to a hybrid concrete-plastic floating structure implemented for DWWF. 

Innovative solutions will be designed to be deployed in water depths from 100m to 600m, optimizing the LCOE of the floating solution (85-95 €/MWh by 2030). Prototypes testing of this offshore wind floating platform and its associated mooring, anchoring and dynamic cable systems are foreseen in relevant environment and real sea conditions within the scope of the project. Moreover, the assessment and optimisation of the construction, installation and decommissioning techniques will also contribute to bring down the current cost of offshore wind energy, as well as, increasing its deployment. An expected 60% reduction in CAPEX and 55% in the OPEX by 2030 (detailed in section 2.1.), will be directly motivated by FLOTANT novel developments and additional reductions due to external technology improvements. In addition, environmental, social and socio-economic impacts will be assessed, increasing social acceptance of FOW in deep waters.

FLOTANT is a collaborative project funded by EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020 under the Grant Agreement nº 815289. It is composed of 17 partners from 8 European countries. “


Dynamic cable design validated for floating offshore wind use

The project consortium aims to develop conceptual and basic engineering for a hybrid concrete-plastic floating windfarm, looking at innovative solutions for anchoring and mooring systems, and dynamic cabling, including performance testing. Its objective is to improve cost-efficiency and increase robustness and flexibility in floating wind subsea design for deeper waters from 100 to 600 meters. ... Read more
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FLOTANT Project Completes Validation Model Tests

FLOTANT model has recently concluded the validation model tests in the offshore basin of MARIN, Dutch research institute for the maritime industry and project partner. After months of design, adjustments and simulations, a 1/50 scale prototype has been tested at MARIN facilities. The prototype has withstood waves, winds and marine currents which simulate the extreme ... Read more
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FLOTANT mooring and power cable components validated in the Dynamic Marine Component (DMaC) of the University of Exeter

During these months, several components developed in the framework of the project have been validated in terms of mechanical properties. Novel mooring lines and polymer springs have passed large-scale performance and durability testing, where forces and motions in offshore applications have been replicated. As with mooring components, dynamic power cable has been tested to demonstrate ... Read more
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FLOTANT has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 815289