An Overview of Platform Types Used in Floating Wind Energy

Uzunoğlu E., Oğuz E., Guedes Soares C.

2nd International Congress on Ship and Marine Technology, 16-17 September 2021, İstanbul – Turkey, İstanbul, Turkey, 16 - 18 September 2021, pp.1-13

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-13
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This paper provides an overview of the platform types used in floating wind power. It starts by defining the forces on the platforms, proceeds to discuss the fundamentals and primary types (i.e., semisubmersibles, SPARs, tension leg platforms, and barges). A categorisation is given based on their stability methods, and their resonance characteristics are explained as one of the primary design considerations. Each hull form has advantages and disadvantages. They are explained to provide a basis of understanding. The work concludes by describing the mooring used for these platforms, the class society standards that currently apply to their design, and the developments in the world regarding wind energy.