The lack of knowledge of the soil contribution to damping in offshore wind turbines has an impact on energy costs for utility-scale offshore wind installations, since this unknown requires designers to oversize structures, hence making them more costly.
The Seeker is looking for new methods to accurately measure the soil-structure component of damping and its contribution to the damping of offshore wind turbine structures.
This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Offshore wind turbine structures can be prominent renewable energy generators because they are exposed to higher and more consistent wind speeds at the offshore sites. However, its cost ineffectiveness has been a driver for the search of performance improvements. One aspect that can be improved is damping assessment. Inaccurate damping assessment may lead to higher design load estimates, thus resulting in excessive amounts of materials used during construction and excessive energy costs during operations.
As a leading power company, the Seeker is looking for new methods to accurately measure the soil-structure component of damping and its contribution to the damping of offshore wind turbine structures.
This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.
To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer to the Seeker their non-exclusive licensing to the solution.
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on January 13, 2019.
Late submissions will not be considered.
What is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge?
An InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver's concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.
This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. By contrast, Theoretical-IP Transfer means that Solvers must relinquish all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. For these forms of a Theoretical Challenge, Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.