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A GIS-based approach for port selection and bottleneck identification for the deployment of Self-Buoyant Gravity Based Foundations

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Self-Buoyant Gravity Based foundations have emerged as a novel concept to eliminate the need for expensive heavy lift vessels for the installation phase of offshore wind projects. However, due to the large size of these structures, their application is greatly influenced by the availability of suitable ports and infrastructure in which they can be built. In this study, the key port criteria for supporting the manufacture of these foundations have been identified, and a GIS approach has been applied in a hypothetical scenario to determine the suitable ports for three offshore wind projects located in the North Sea. The result of the analysis shows that the minimum water depth at the principal channel of ports could be among the restricting factors for the industrial application of these foundations for projects located in depths of 25-60m.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScientific Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationEWEA Annual Conference and Exhibition 2015
EditorsSandrine Aubrun, Sandrine Aubrun, Jakob Mann
PublisherEuropean Wind Energy Association
ISBN (Electronic)9782930670003
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
EventEuropean Wind Energy Association Annual Conference and Exhibition 2015 - Paris, France
Duration: 17 Nov 201520 Nov 2015


ConferenceEuropean Wind Energy Association Annual Conference and Exhibition 2015
Abbreviated titleEWEA 2015

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