KCI Designs Self-Installing Gravity Based Foundation for MonoBaseWind

MonoBaseWind has contracted Dutch engineering company KCI the Engineers for the basic engineering of the structural steel design of their self-installing Gravity Based Foundation (GBF) concept.

This self-installing GBF is specifically developed for wind turbines with a capacity of over 6MW which need to be installed in waters deeper than 40m.

The principle has been tested by computer simulation and by model testing at Marin, and the next step is full scale testing, KIC said.

A demonstrator will be built in order for the self-installing GBP to be accepted for project financing.

The target site for the demonstrator is the Borssele Kavel 5, which is specifically intended for testing new offshore wind technologies

The scope of KCI’s assignment includes the basic design of the steel structure, secondary steel, guiding system, ballasting system and the transport & installation procedures.

The MonoBaseWind is a cooperation between Orca Offshore, PBConsultants and Venture Counsels.