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https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-8-725-2023
https://doi.org/10.5194/wes-8-725-2023
Research article
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08 May 2023
Research article |  | 08 May 2023

Comparison of optimal power production and operation of unmoored floating offshore wind turbines and energy ships

Patrick Connolly and Curran Crawford

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Mobile offshore wind energy systems are a potential way of producing green fuels from the untapped wind resource that lies far offshore. Herein, computational models of two such systems were developed and verified. The models are able to predict the power output of each system based on wind condition inputs. Results show that both systems have merits and that, contrary to existing results, unmoored floating wind turbines may produce as much power as fixed ones, given the right conditions.
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