Foundations for offshore wind turbines

Felipe Alberto Villalobos Jara


This paper describes the beginning and evolution of the now worldwide growing offshore wind energy industry. In particular, the current renewable energy policy in the UK is described. The characteristics of the environmental loads offshore, type of seabed soils and foundations commonly adopted are explained. The type of structure and loading regime establish new conditions from a Civil Engineering point of view. Suction caissons are introduced as an alternative foundation for offshore wind turbines. Suction caissons are currently an accepted alternative to pile foundations in applications for the oil and gas industry. However, this is not yet the case in applications for offshore wind turbines.

Rev. ing. constr. [online]. 2009, vol.24, n.1, pp. 33-48. ISSN 0718-5073.


Wind energy; offshore wind turbines; marine foundations; suction caisson


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