Remotely Installed Anchorages for Floating Offshore Wind and Other Offshore Renewables Cost Reduction
Project Innovation + Advantages:
The Makai Ocean Engineering team will develop novel mooring and anchoring methods to reduce the costs of offshore renewable energy. Makai will enable grid-scale FOWT and MHK systems to be deployed in areas that would otherwise be inaccessible or too expensive with current mooring and anchoring technologies. At the center of this program is Makai’s Remote Anchoring and MicroPiling (RAMP) system, which can remotely install micropiles on the seafloor. The micropiles enable an anchorage strong enough to secure FOWT or MHK systems, negating the need for large drag embedment anchors, drilled piles, or huge gravity base anchors that all require large and costly equipment and vessels for installation. This system has the potential to dramatically reduce the initial installation costs and allow for wind farms and other offshore renewable energies to be deployed in locations that would otherwise not be feasible.
Subsea micropiles provide improved anchoring strength for FOWT and MHK at lower cost.