Transportation & Installation
The Blue H historical technology development
Since 2004, Blue H Group has been active in the development of deep-water floating foundation technology for offshore wind turbines.
Blue H Group commenced its activities in the offshore wind market by adapting the concept of submerged TLPs (Tension Leg Platforms), originally developed by the oil industry for its deep water offshore rigs, and started developing a platform large and stable enough to support a wind turbine in all foreseeable weather and sea state conditions. Important design considerations were the cost of manufacturing, transportation, installation, maintenance and decommissioning, with an emphasis on all these costs being kept at economical levels and achieving the lowest cost of generated and delivered energy.
Major historical development steps have been:
• The Blue H Prototype (small scale TLP with a 80 kW turbine)
The engineering, manufacturing, assembling and demonstration of a prototype, a 300 metric ton scale model placed in the Adriatic Sea with a depth of 113 meters, 22 kilometers from the coast, the world’s first floating wind turbine.
• The Blue H FCU (“First Commercial Unit”), a floating platform incorporating a 2 MW wind turbine
The engineering and part manufacturing of a 2 MW unit, which had an integrated proprietary designed 2 MW wind turbine.
• The ETI Diwet5 Study, performed for the British Energy Technologies Institute, with the conclusion technical, economical and market feasible.
• Blue H Engineering collected, reviewed and consolidated the technology (available concepts, design and model architecture, tests and filed patents) and related product development knowhow developed by the group since 2004. Based on today’s economic targets, Blue H Engineering designed and further engineered its market leading Generic Model, see Design.