Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group (BBRG) is active in a consortium for the European MooringSense project, a project funded by the Horizon 2020 initiative, which aims to reduce the costs associated with floating offshore wind energy production by 10 to 15% and increase efficiency. MooringSense is defining a more efficient management strategy for mooring systems and has outlined the architecture of its digital twin, a significant aspect of the project’s development.
This digital twin is a replica of the mooring system, enabling real time virtual monitoring, predictive modelling, and development simulations. As part of the consortium of research, BBRG helped define the digital twin that will optimise the operation and maintenance of the floating wind turbines’ anchoring and mooring systems, along with the specifications and validation procedures of the components that make up the solution proposed by MooringSense. Read more about BBRG’s collaboration with MooringSense here
While the digital twin is still evolving, the consortium is now concentrating its technical work on aspects such as the design and prototyping of a low-cost intelligent sensor using GNSS technology to monitor the movement of floating platforms, the development of the monitoring system to control their structural health and the definition of risk-based integrity management strategies. The project will also work on efficiently managing the vast volume of data offered by digital twinning.
Other partners within the consortium are research centres such as CTC, TNO, Ikerlan, and Sintef Ocean, and other leading global companies such as Zunibal, Saitec, Vincinay Marine Innovation, and Intecsea.
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BBRG intends to explore more EU funded projects in the future and contribute to reducing the costs associated with floating offshore wind energy production, decarbonize the global energy mix, and increase security of local energy supply throughout the world.
MooringSence project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 85170