The Jospa Tug, automatically pulling stronger against Nature’s forces the stronger they become, can cut first- and operations- costs
The solution- The Dynamic-Tether the deeper the location, the more expensive to provide moorings. Depth does not however affect the Tug. Indeed, most usefully, the tug’s intrinsic negative feedback automatically ensures that the greater the storm forces the stronger the Tug pulls against them- that’s the secret of Dyna-Tether! A deployed Jospa tug is also an insurance policy, should the platform break free, the Tug will greatly slow its drift. A further target is that a fast-deploying tug (like the UpWave. another solution, for emergency rescue of vessels), might be carried on and deployed from the platform if it should break free. This has a potential to be a major market. Benefits: costs – security – safety- risks
Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) has signed…. to develop a giant floating offshore wind power generation complex off the coast of Ulsan, which the parties involved claim will be the biggest in the world. Under the agreement, OW Offshore will develop three 500MW complexes with a combined total capacity of 1.5 GW in Korea’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off Ulsan. South Korea is currently accelerating the development of a new wind power generation system with an aim of building 4.6 GW of floating offshore wind farms in the southeast of the country in the coming few years.
“This will be a global industry,” predicted Walter Musial, of National Renewable Energy Laboratory (US) …. 80% of the world’s offshore waters suitable for wind turbines near major population centres are deep. Dan Reicher, Stanford University, says “Like the oil and gas industry, the wind energy industry started onshore, then went into shallow water, then deep water. The industry is now looking into floating platforms placed in deep-water: most population centres have deep nearshore waters… the future of offshore wind energy will be in floating deep water systems. Cost reductions are needed.”
Public protests against land – based turbines are pushing wind farms out to sea. Offshore turbines are now reckoned to be one of the main solutions for world decarbonisation. They are becoming a major world industry to feed electricity grids, act as locations for the electric ‘bunkering’ of future vessels. produce and compress hydrogen and bring about the “hydrogen economy”. More than half of all ideal sites around the world are in waters over approx. 60m deep whereby the costs of fixed moorings there are so great that mounting on Floating Platforms is the only way they can be commercial. Floating Wind Turbine Platforms (“FOWT” s) are already being built. As their structural + mooring costs are 67% and more of the total, there is a big appetite for technically sound cost reduction technologies. The Jospa Tug is a serious contender and could also become a platform-based insurance requirement.