Nowadays the offshore wind energy needs to become more competitive to be feasible in cost terms in deep waters. And this is the main objective of the Windcrete concept.
Last decade has proved that bottom fixed solutions are competitive in shallow waters. But their cost increases sharply for water depths larger than 60m. For this reason, there is much interest on developing new floating concepts which can reduce the cost of offshore floating wind energy and could be deployed beyond the depths of the continental shelves, which are rather limited out of the North sea.
The main cost reductions provided by the Windcrete concept result from its reduced CAPEX. Particularly because:
Concrete structures are cheaper than the steel ones.
A cost effective installation process.
The use of simple anchors and mooring lines, which cost depends on their length.
Additionally, the use of concrete allow a reduction of the OPEX because of its endurance in harsh environments and longer service life.
more than 50 years