Korean-Dutch consortium puts the MSPAR Floater Foundation model to the test

According to South Korea Daewoo Engineering & Construction and the Dutch company Monobase Wind, which plan to deploy the prototype in 2023/2024.

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Source: Monobase Wind

The tests were carried out on a 1/44 scale MSPAR model at Océanide’s facilities in the South-East of France and lasted three weeks.

According to the developers, the results regarding the stability and behavior of the model during transport, installation and on-site conditions were well within industry standards and parameters and the concept is now ready for approval in principle (AIP ) and a large-scale study. prototype.

The companies, which signed a joint technology development agreement in December 2021, have accelerated development of the concept and aim to complete the basic design and certification principle by the end of 2022 and present a full-scale demonstrator. to the market in the next two years.

The MSPAR foundation is a combination of a semi-submersible and a SPAR designed for complete dockside assembly, towing using tugboats and an in-place draft of over 70 meters.

The consortium also stated that the MSPAR float is designed to enable efficient logistics, maximum local content for manufacturing, installation and maintenance and includes a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions during transport and installation.

The MSPAR is designed to be able to support 15 to 20 MW turbines in water depths of more than 90 meters and in difficult sea and weather conditions.

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