2.75M EU grant for STEP4WIND
Project STEP4WIND, which aims at increasing the commercial readiness level of floating offshore wind energy through technological innovations across the supply chain, has been granted € 2.754.946 by the EU under the H2020 Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network initiative. The project is coordinated by TU Delft, which will receive 620.000 euros. Dr Axelle Viré from the Wind Energy group of the faculty of Aerospace Engineering will coordinate the programme, that runs between April 2020 and March 2024.
Floating wind turbines could be a game changer to further decrease the cost of offshore wind energy and unlock new markets. The main objective of the project is to address both technological and economical challenges related to the development of floating offshore wind farms, from design to deployment and operation. By delivering 10 PhD degrees, who are jointly supervised by partners in the public and private sectors, the programme also contributes to widening the basic knowledge of early-stage researchers towards the design of floating wind farms and to match it with industrial needs. The other beneficiaries in the project are: Politecnico di Milano, University College Cork, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Principle Power France, ORE Catapult, Eire Composites, and MARIN. STEP4WIND will kick-off in Delft on 7 April and will also take part in TORQUE2020 which is organised by TU Delft in May 2020.