Accelerate floating offshore wind
The goal of this challenge is to fast-track the development and demonstration of pioneering solutions tailored to floating offshore wind projects or the wider industry, that can reduce the cost, technical risk, health and safety risk or impact to the environment.
Scope of the challenge
The TetraSpar Innovation Challenge welcomes solutions that can be demonstrated under real-life conditions on the TetraSpar Demonstrator floating wind turbine in full operation at the Marine Energy Test Centre (METCentre) in Norway. We aim to identify physical solutions, such as data measuring and recording equipment, and desk-based research projects or digital products.
We will support winning applicants by providing them with information from the TetraSpar Demonstrator's extensive data collection program as well as an opportunity to work closely together with the consortium of leading floating offshore wind players - Shell, TEPCO RP, RWE and Stiesdal Offshore.
This data can be used to validate digital tools and models, or inform research projects. We can also provide access to the TetraSpar Demonstrator for the installation of equipment, subject to feasibility and risk assessments.
Who can participate?
We invite submissions from companies, start-ups, and research or academic organizations worldwide. Collaborative efforts between multiple entities, as well as interdisciplinary teams, are highly encouraged. This competition is an opportunity for innovative thinkers and passionate experts in the fields of renewable energy, engineering, environmental sciences, and data analytics to showcase their creativity and contribute to the sustainable future of floating offshore wind technology.
All submissions should clearly demonstrate the feasibility, scalability, and potential impact of the proposed solution within the offshore wind industry.
While we're open to all exciting innovations, please note that proposals requiring significant offshore works or structural modifications may not be successful due to planning and implementation timeframes, as well as potential risks to existing infrastructure.
Additionally, any equipment deployment requiring significant changes to project consent conditions will not be considered. Innovations that can be implemented to deliver results quickly (e.g., 1-2 years from project kick-off) will be prioritized.