Test Results Are In: Gazelle's Floating Wind Platform Design Principles Confirmed
Gazelle Wind Power, the developer of a hybrid modular floating offshore wind platform, said Thursday it had received the results of its basin model tests at the Environmental Hydraulics Institute-University of Cantabria (IHCantabria) facilities in Spain.
According to Gazelle, the test report, witnessed by DNV and Safier Ingenierie, verified the feasibility of the Gazelle platform’s concept in a wide range of conditions.
A prototype model of Gazelle’s platform was analyzed through a variety of assessments including surge and yaw excitation tests, wind-alone tests, wave-alone tests, decay tests, and more.
“The test serves to further validate our technology, which is key to ultimately reaching commercialization and unlocking the full potential of offshore wind,” said Gazelle CTO Jason Wormald. “These tests show that our platform will serve as a vital piece of the energy transition that will center around decarbonization, independence, and security.”
The main results from the tests were based on the 10 MW floating offshore wind turbine (FOWT).
"The tests confirmed Gazelle’s main principles—including the main physical principles behind the Gazelle platform design. The tests also reaffirmed that the Gazelle platform has significantly reduced pitch motions even in extreme sea conditions. The data collected from the various tests will be used to create a benchmarking database which will be the basis of the next phase of the design loop in conjunction with Safier Ingenierie," Gazelle said.
"Having recently named [Jason Wormald] to lead Gazelle’s technology and engineering teams, Gazelle has now taken a critical leap forward toward deploying its unique offshore floating wind platform that - through modularity, scalability, and ability to be mass produced—can unlock the massive opportunity in the floating offshore wind market, which has a total addressable market worth approximately €750 billion by 2050 according to DNV," Gazelle said.