Offshore wind power is one of the most important backbones of a sustainable energy supply. Current construction of classic offshore wind turbines is, however, associated with enormous technical, environmental and financial challenges. It is therefore crucial for the offshore wind industry to minimize these costs and risks. Another question of vital significance for the industry is the development of projects in deeper water with high wind yields, as the available areas suitable for conventional foundations are already widely utilized. Approximately 75% of the global offshore potential is located in areas with water depths greater than 30 meters; at least two-thirds are in water depths greater than 50 meters.

The GICON® SOF floating offshore substructure provides an ideal solution for these challenges.

GICON’s SOF development provides a floating substructure for offshore wind turbines which can be deployed in water depths of 18-500 meters while achieving LCOE (Levelized Cost of Energy) below 10 € cent / kWh. This makes GICON one of the global development leaders for floating offshore wind substructures. The R&D project started in 2009 and includes renowned partners such as TU Bergakademie Freiberg (Freiberg Technical University and Mining Academy), Rostock University and Fraunhofer IWES. Based on extensive, successfully conducted tank tests, fabrication of a full-scale prototype of the GICON® SOF commenced in 2014.

Proportional funding from the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with support from ERDF

The project has been funded by the Ministry of Economy, Construction and Tourism of the German State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania with resources from the European Fund for Regional Development (ERDF), for the funding period of 2007-2013 (Grant number V-630-1-260-2012/103). With the funds, the manufacture, installation and testing of the first floating wind turbine in Germany have been proportionately funded.