Floating offshore wind has the potential to unleash a new European industrial sector able to deliver clean and sustainable energy. Building from European technological and industrial know-how and harnessing the natural resources of the different sea basins around the European Union, namely the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea and the North-east Atlantic Ocean, there is an opportunity to leverage these conditions into technological leadership, while supporting the goal of climate neutrality.
In this context, project results are expected to contribute to all of the following expected outcomes:
- Development or significant improvement of designs that reduce both CAPEX and OPEX;
- Deployment and demonstration of advanced full-scale floating wind turbines prototypes, and auxiliary equipment, in operational environment;
- Allow development of cost-efficient scalable solutions supporting exploitation of the renewable energy offshore potential in challenging conditions, while building upon innovative designs of floating structures and auxiliary equipment;
- Contribute to LCOE reduction in line with the SET Plan targets (actions should clearly justify an estimated LCOE at project start and end).
The proposal is expected to deploy in one of the possible sea basins in Europe. Further, the proposal should:
- Demonstrate how innovations (materials, technologies, designs,…) on floating wind turbines, substructures, dynamic cables, control systems and moorings positively affect production;
- Demonstrate in real use scenario the improvements that the identified solutions contribute in terms of life expectancy, cost reductions, as well as operation and maintenance of a floating offshore wind installation;
- Demonstrate how the proposed innovations positively increase rate of deployment of offshore wind in deep seas, reducing capital, operational and maintenance costs, as well as present an industrial roadmap for a floating energy industrial sector, with focus on mass production;
- Document all demonstrations fully and transparently, to ensure replicability, up-scaling and to assist future planning decisions;
- Demonstrate a modular design suited to large-scale deployment in various environments, with special focus on industrial mass production;
- Ensure minimal environmental impact of these innovations, and address how Maritime Spatial Planning can be used to facilitate the identification and optimal use of suitable locations for floating wind platforms.
The proposal has to include a clear go/no go moment ahead of entering the deployment phase. Before this go/no-go moment, the project will have to deliver the detailed engineering plans, a complete business and implementation plan and all needed permits for the deployment of the project. The proposal is expected to clearly demonstrate a proposed pathway to obtaining necessary permits for the demonstration actions and allow for appropriate timelines to achieve these. The proposal is expected to also demonstrate how it will get a financial close for the whole action. Independent experts will assess all deliverables and will advise for the go/no-go decision.
The proposal should take a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder approach, to ensure that different viewpoints and interests are taken into account in development and deployment processes and to help avoid foreseeable externalities. Thus, it requires the effective contribution of SSH disciplines and the involvement of SSH experts, institutions as well as the inclusion of relevant SSH expertise, in order to produce meaningful and significant effects enhancing the societal impact of the related research activities
The conditions are described in General Annex A.
The following exceptions apply: The page limit of the application is 70 pages.
The total indicative budget for the topic is EUR 50.00 million.
The Commission estimates that an EU contribution of around EUR 16.00 million would allow these outcomes to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of a proposal requesting different amounts.
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