The emerging Floating Offshore Wind market is about to set sail, projected to contribute 400GW of renewable energy globally by 2050.
Until now, efforts to reduce the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) of Floating Offshore Wind has predominantly focused on increasing turbine rotor diameters. InSPIRE responds to the LCOE challenge with a new solution, a cost competitive innovation that can deliver more renewable power at a lower cost to facilitate a faster journey to net zero and a prosperous blue economy.
The InSPIRE project, led by TechnipFMC and Bombora, marries a wealth of experience in marine offshore engineering with the worlds largest capacity wave energy technology to deliver a dual-power ‘wind +wave’ market disruptive platform solution to fast-track Floating Offshore Wind deployment.
The InSPIRE demonstration project paves the way for a full commercial roll-out of a Series 1 platform with a 12 MW rated capacity, followed by a Series 2 with a 18MW rated capacity.
Working with policy makers, energy companies, academia and the supply chain a highly competitive Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) of €50 per MWhr is predicted by 2030.
The InSPIRE project represents a significant advancement for the industry and a major step forward for a low carbon future.
Capitalise on ALL of the abundant natural resource accessible
InSPIRE takes a simple 3 step-approach to generating more Floating Offshore Wind energy:
Exploit the existing, unproductive submerged platform infrastructure
Increase capacity, consistency and efficiency for cost reduction benefits
GENERATING CAPACITY ON ONE PLATFORM
Reduction in the cost of energy
More consistent power supply to the grid
Optimised use of seabed lease area and project balance of plant
The InSPIRE consortium led by TechnipFMC and Bombora brings together large companies, SMEs, and academia across five European countries, all respected in their field of expertise. They are committed to developing and testing a new renewable energy technology that can have a significant impact on the decarbonisation agenda.
These are the partners we are already working with to
deliver this project:
mWave™ features a series of air-filled rubber membrane covered concave cell modules positioned below the ocean’s surface transforming the submerged platform structure into productive real-estate, capturing maximum energy.
As waves pass over mWave, under-water pressure increases, causing each rubber membrane to compress sequentially, forcing air from inside the cells into a duct. Valves control a one-way air flow to the turbine — directly spinning a generator converting this rotation into electricity. After passing through the turbine the air is recycled to re-inflate each membrane in a continuous sequence. The sustainable power generated by mWave is transferred to the electrical grid via the same sub-sea cable used for the wind turbine.
The membranes can be fully deflated creating a “sleep mode” protecting mWave from storm damage. mWave’s simple and modular design, with removable component parts, makes it efficient to operate and maintain. Its modularity also makes it rapidly scalable.
TechnipFMC, Bombora and its partners will install, operate and demonstrate at sea a grid-connected integrated floating platform with a capacity of 6MW (2MW wave + 4MW wind power). The successful demonstration of InSPIRE will bring valuable experience, knowledge and de-risk upscaling, paving the way for commercial projects.
InSPIRE’s vision is to build knowledge and confidence in a groundbreaking integrated offshore energy solution, enabling maturity at a level where it can support the deployment of Gigawatts of renewable energy in deeper waters and out-compete fossil energy in the electricity market.
The InSPIRE project has a clear roadmap to commer-cialisation and achieving a highly competitive Levelised Cost of Energy (LCOE) of €50 per MWhr by 2030.
Integrated Wave & Wind LCOE Benefits
Levelized Cost of Energy
Floating Offshore Wind
Floating Integrated mWave + Wind
Floating Offshore Wind Installed Capacity 400GW by 2050
Integrated mWave + Wind Installed Capacity 50 GW by 2050
IRENA 2019; Fraunhofer ISE, McKinsey Energy Insights Global Energy Perspective, April 2020
International Ocean Energy Conference
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