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Offshore wind power: When the ground liquefies

Offshore wind power: When the ground liquefies

© Max Fuhrmann/TU Braunschweig
For the experiment in the Large Wave Flow Channel (GWK+) at the Coastal Research Center in Hanover, a floating wind turbine was placed in the channel.

Collaborative project investigates changes in the seabed in the Great Wave Channel

The North Sea should become the “power plant of Europe”. In order for wind energy to make a significant contribution to the continent's electricity supply in the future, the states bordering the North Sea want to build offshore wind turbines with an output of 120 gigawatts by 2030. However, the use of the floating systems required for this also brings with it a number of challenges - such as changes to the seabed around the wind turbines. Researchers are investigating so-called soil liquefaction in the international collaborative project NuLIMAS, which is coordinated by the Leichtweiß Institute for Hydraulic Engineering at the Technical University of Braunschweig. To do this, the scientists started a unique experiment with a floating wind turbine in the large wave flow channel in Hanover.


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