The geotechnical challenges facing the offshore wind sector

P. Doherty, K. Gavin, B. Casey

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The offshore wind sector is undergoing rapid expansion across Europe, driven by the demand for renewable energy and uncertainties regarding fossil fuel supplies. The proposed wind farms are creating significant geotechnical challenges, particularly in terms of efficient foundation design. The majority of wind farms constructed to date have been founded in water depths of less than 30 m. However 70 of wind farm developments to be undertaken over the next 10 years will be located in water depths of between 30 and 70 m. In addition, because of developments in turbine technology, larger 5 MW turbines are coming into operation. The combined effect of larger structures and greater water depths leads to significantly increased vertical, lateral and moment loading on turbine foundations. This paper considers some aspects relating to the reliability of design methods for monopile and jacket structure foundations used to support the next generation of wind turbines.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering - Proceedings of the Geo-Frontiers 2011 Conference
Number of pages10
Edition211 GSP
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventGeo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering - Dallas, TX, United States
Duration: 13 Mar 201116 Mar 2011


ConferenceGeo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering
CountryUnited States
CityDallas, TX


  • Europe
  • Offshore structures
  • Renewable energy
  • Wind power

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