Jacket foundations are set to become a more dominant design solution, as monopiles are unlikely to be practical for many future offshore wind farms located in deeper water sites and with larger turbines, so through the £2.4m JaCo project we hope to develop a better understanding of fatigue performance by testing full-size jacket nodes made from existing manual and novel automated welding processes. Coupled with improved standards it is estimated that a weight reduction of 10 percent can be achieved if the fatigue resistance (strength) is enhanced by 10-20 percent through optimised design.
Project end date
Started in 2016, it is expected finish in September 2023
Leading offshore wind developers Ørsted, EnBW, Equinor, Iberdrola/Scottish Power Renewables, Vattenfall and Siemens Wind Power are supporting the project together with funding from the Scottish Government.
James Sinfield, Technology Acceleration Manager