Research Programme

The FLOAting Wind Energy netwoRk (FLOAWER) is firstly dedicated to train researchers in multi engineering required fields for a better development of FOW technologies under the constraint of LCOE minimization.

As illustrated in Fig. 2, the 13 ESR’s recruited will be integrated to the overall research programme and take benefit of the complementary expertise of 25 major academic and industrial partners in the offshore wind energy sector and will jump into the most exciting period of the life-cycle of an energy segment, namely, the pre-commercial stage.

While high TRLs are currently achieved due to a very conservative approach for most of the technological issues, the market will be definitely viable if the LCOE significantly decreases within the next years: according to the Floating Wind task force of WindEurope, a reduction factor of 4 by 2030 is required. LCOE reduction needs the development of a multidisciplinary approach, where all sub-system designs are jointly optimised.

Being trained in fully appropriate scientific, technical, and soft skills, the ESRs will be the leaders of change in the offshore wind energy sector, which urgently needs highly qualified experts in the field to tackle the forthcoming challenges to reduce LCOE.


The FLOAWER network is designed to fulfil the following main objectives:

  • Deliver leading-edge training to ESR by addressing the state-of-the-art scientific and transversal needs of the FOW sector;
  • Enable ESR to benefit from regular mobility across EU’s most prominent industry and academia actors of the FOW sector;
  • Confront the ESR to the current and upcoming engineering challenges faced by the FOW industry;
  • Create a multidisciplinary environment where industries and academia share ideas and work together towards solution accelerating the commercialisation of the FOW sector;
  • Support the European offshore wind energy industries to identify technological improvements by providing high performance characterization and modelling tools that can enhance their competitiveness.
Altogether, FLOAWER will train a new generation of innovation-oriented ESRs, with enhanced career perspectives, who will be a key asset to tackle current and future challenges of FOW sector and boost European competitiveness and attractiveness in this domain.

The research programme is structured with 4 scientific workpackages (activities):


  • Assess the wind and wave climate in deep waters (>60m), where bottom fixed meteorological masts are no longer economically feasible  (WP4)
  • Estimate the uncertainty and long-term inter-annual wind variability of the offshore wind resource (WP4)


  • Improve the design of WT floaters through advanced modelling of heave-plates (WP5)
  • Develop methods for determining highly nonlinear wave loads and load effects on floaters (WP5)


  • Develop, tune and validate numerical tools with different levels of aero-hydro-servo-structural coupling, both for horizontal and vertical axis floating WTs (WP6) 
  • Develop mathematical tools to optimize the integrated design of the whole floating system for different wind classes (WP6)



  • Reduce the LCOE throughout an overall design of the offshore WT and subsystems (WP7) 
  • Compare technological alternatives from the techno-economic standpoint leading to the identification of optimal designs (WP7) and identify avenues for FOW cost reduction (WP7)
Published on July 18, 2019 Updated on October 15, 2019