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Wind power is one of the fastest-growing renewable energy technologies and is the second largest form of power generation capacity in Europe. However, 90% of the wind energy is currently produced inland and space is becoming scarce for new installations. Floating Offshore Wind (FOW) represents a unique opportunity for Europe, since deep (>60m) offshore areas represent 60-80% of the European offshore wind potential. However, the sector faces two main challenges: high costs and a lack of skilled human resources.

The FLOAting Wind Energy netwoRk (FLOAWER) will provide 13 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) with interdisciplinary training with the aim of designing higher performance, economically viable floating wind turbines.

The unique FLOAWER network brings together outstanding academics and FOW industrial leaders, covering the entire offshore wind industry value chain (i.e. farm developers, offshore subsystem suppliers -turbine, floater, mooring- and wind resource specialists). FLOAWER's multidisciplinary approach will endow the ESRs with scientific, technical, and soft skills to train the new generation of high-profile scientists and engineers, provide them with enhanced career perspectives and address offshore wind energy industry needs.

FLOAWER will strengthen the European wind energy industry's leadership and competitiveness.

Published on July 18, 2019 Updated on December 16, 2021