The objectives of the Paris Agreement are clear, we must limit global temperature increase to well below 2°C, while pursuing the means to limit, in the longer term, the increase to 1.5°C. Therefore, the demand for a sustainable, affordable and reliable energy supply will continue to rise. But the fact is that the reality of today’s energy system still depends on fossil fuels. As a result, the decarbonization of electricity production plays a significant role in this endeavor, and fixed and floating wind turbines are two viable solutions.
While wind turbine technologies have now matured, the floating foundations that provide the base for floating offshore wind (FOW) turbines are still in the early stages of development. To address the challenges and the complexity of the current developments, it is necessary to apply lessons learned from the offshore wind and oil and gas (O&G) sectors and work with partners who provide a holistic view of a FOW project.
Having worked closely with industry players as a third-party independent verification body for offshore wind and O&G, Bureau Veritas has significant experience in developing and applying technical standards and key safety regulations.
This report is an opportunity to share the lessons we have learned through that experience and demonstrate how we can support society’s energy goals by applying those lessons to the FOW market of tomorrow.