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Wind Energ. Sci., 5, 839–853, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-5-839-2020
Wind Energ. Sci., 5, 839–853, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-5-839-2020

Research article 03 Jul 2020

Research article | 03 Jul 2020

Exploitation of the far-offshore wind energy resource by fleets of energy ships – Part 1: Energy ship design and performance

Aurélien Babarit et al.

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This paper addresses the topic of far-offshore wind energy exploitation. Far-offshore wind energy exploitation is not feasible with grid-connected floating wind turbines because grid-connection cost, installation cost and O&M cost would be prohibitive. An enabling technology is the energy ship concept, which is described and modeled in the paper. A design of an energy ship is proposed. It is estimated that it could produce 5 GWh per annum of chemical energy (methanol).