Newton Programme Project, 2021 - 2023
Turkey has the highest rate of growing energy demand among the 37 OECD countries. Despite a growing economy and population, Turkey still sources over 90% of its energy from fossil fuels, most of which are imported. Turkey does have the potential for the implementation of a large number of renewable energy sources.
This research aims to develop novel design concepts for hybrid floating platform that combines wind energy and solar energy. These novel hybrid platforms optimize power production at a single location and reduce the cost through shared transmission and supporting structures. Floating platforms are connected to seabed by mooring lines and anchors in seabed that allow limited movement in the platforms. Design of seabed anchors depend on many factors.
The research activities are divided into three strands: (1) Determination of suitable locations for combined-hybrid floating wind and solar energy in Turkey (considering both offshore waters and water bodies in mainland, such as lakes, dam reservoirs etc.), (2) analysis of seabed foundations/anchoring systems (3) Probabilistic design and optimisation of foundations/anchoring alternatives.
The project aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) (United Nations Sustainable Development – 17 Goals to Transform Our World):
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 13: Climate Action
GOAL 17: Partnership for the Goals