Webinar: Mass production enabled design – Moray Base

KNVTS Afdeling Amsterdam

Wednesday February 16th 2022, 7:30 PM CET

Speaker: Christiaan Schuiling, Maridea BV

This lecture will be given in English.

To reduce LCOE, reduction of the CAPEX of the unit is required. Mass production of the floater and turbine erection is therefore a necessity. Like the bottom fixed monopile, floating foundations should be produced, assembled, and installed in series. The Moray Base is a floating wind foundation suitable for turbines of 15 MW developed by Maridea. The Moray Base leans for its mass-production on the existing and proven industrialized monopile manufacturing and utilizes the inherent mobility of a floating structure during its final assembly like an assembly line in a factory.  


Mass production enabled design – Moray Base The market potential for floating offshore wind is huge, but only if floating wind is capable to produce at competitive Levelized Costs of Energy (LCOE) in line with alternative green energy sources. Achieving a competitive cost level requires a highly efficient process from production, transport, to installation and a high turbine efficiency. Economics of scale must be exploited; the wind turbines will therefore increase in size and the number of installed floating units will be high. Above has been the driver of the design of the Moray Base. In view of mass production, the Moray Base is a most promising design for several reasons:

  • Production of the sections is industrialized to a high degree. Traditional shipbuilding processes are avoided. A cost effective “monopile fabrication” process is applied for the bulk of the structure;
  • Easily transportable sections by general cargo ships;
  • Series-assembly of the sections and turbine erection afloat in a harbour close to the project location with shore based equipment enabling local content;
  • It is highly scalable for future designs of turbines, and;
  • The complete life cycle avoids the use of drydocks, which are expensive, limited in availability and might restrict sizing.
  • It is highly scalable for future designs of turbines, and;
  • The complete life cycle avoids the use of drydocks, which are expensive, limited in availability and might restrict sizing.

Although most of the steelwork is performed in a dedicated factory, the still large scope of assembly and turbine erection allows for local content.

Besides efficient fabrication, the large diameter and thick-walled tubes deal easily with the turbine loads during severe storms and maximum turbine thrust. The long radius segmented elbows have superior strength and fatigue behaviour compared to the joints of traditional submersibles or truss floaters. This makes the structure less prone to fatigue and hence requires limited inspections and avoids offshore repairs. The corner location of the turbine allows for access with crane vessels for turbine repair and maintenance. 

About the presenter: 
Christiaan Schuiling is a senior naval architect at Maridea BV with a broad experience in the design of offshore construction vessels. He graduated in 2007 at TUDelft in offshore engineering. He has a sound knowledge of the hydro mechanical and structural aspects of ships and offshore mooring systems. In his previous employment at Ulstein Design and Solutions he had various roles, and was project manager for the engineering package of multiple crane and accommodation vessels. Within Maridea BV his focus shifted slightly from oil and gas to offshore green energy such as tidal and offshore wind. Christiaan is responsible for the development of new products amongst which the Moray Base. 

More information:
- The Webinar will be recorded
- After the presentation there will be 1/2hs for Q&A
- To register use the link on the KNVTS website agenda







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