University partners with world leader in simulators to revolutionize floating offshore wind installations

Plymouth University is teaming up with Kongsberg Digital, a world-renowned next-generation software and digital solutions provider, to create a new system that could revolutionize the UK’s Floating Offshore Wind (FLOW) sector .

A state-of-the-art Kongsberg K-Sim dynamic positioning (DP) simulator will soon complement the marine navigation center on the university’s campus.

It will be used to simulate, test and optimize marine operations throughout the life cycle of FLOW installations, which will provide offshore wind project teams and crews with facilities where they can verify, test and optimize installation projects. and maintenance.

This will provide key insights into solutions that will increase efficiency, safety and profitability for the businesses involved.

In addition to the research aspect, it will also be used to develop the training of current and future industry professionals, helping to meet the national and international demand for such expertise in line with the global net-zero agenda.

The K-Sim DP simulator is built on industry-leading Kongsberg DP technology and has the fidelity and realism needed for in-depth studies, mission planning, crew training and evaluation, where various challenging scenarios can be evaluated and optimized in a safe environment.

Andreas Jagtøyen, Executive Vice President Digital Ocean, Kongsberg Digital, added:

“Floating offshore wind turbines are seen as an increasingly important part of the renewable energy sector, which is a rapidly growing market. We look forward to cooperating with the University of Plymouth to support this industry with cutting-edge technology leading to improved safety and increased efficiency in offshore wind projects.

The new simulator was acquired through the University’s participation in the Cornwall FLOW Accelerator project. Led by Celtic Sea Power, and backed by a £4.8 million grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Program, the project will support Cornwall’s ambitions to play a leading role in the global floating offshore wind sector.

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We are ranked the number one university in the world for United Nations Sustainable Development Goal number 14: life below water.

The award recognizes the quality of our marine research and teaching as well as our efforts to reduce the impact of campus activities on the marine environment. The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings is the only global performance chart that rates universities against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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