HeLoFOW tank testing: to study the elastic behaviour of floating wind turbines
LHEEA's HeloFOW project, undertaken within the WEAMEC framework, aims to develop a hydro-elastic solver for the calculation of structural loads on floating wind turbine foundations.
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What is WEAMEC ?
WEAMEC (for West Atlantic Marine Energy Community) federates the Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) ecosystem of “Pays de la Loire” French Region in the fields of Research, Education and Innovation activities.
WEAMEC brings together around thirty institutions and research laboratories (such as Centrale Nantes-French Engineering schools, Université de Nantes-French University, “Jules Verne Research Institute”, PMBA cluster…) and more than 75 partner companies and SME’s at the regional level. More than 220 companies at the French and international level collaborate with the academic and industrial stakeholders of WEAMEC.
The skills of these stakeholders, coupled with structuring testing facilities, has led to over 500 Regional, National and European projects for a portfolio of more than 100 M€ for the regional stakeholders over the [2015-2020] period. Amongst the academic partners more than 300 engineers and researchers are involved in research corresponding to 180 full-time equivalent positions. The calls for projects operated by WEAMEC enabled the selection of more than 50 research projects to be co-funded between 2016 and 2020, for a global budget of more than 10 M€, involving 24 academic institutions and regional laboratories, about 20 SMEs and 10 industrials.
The WEAMEC ecosystem also offers a wide range of training courses required for the Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) industry, both in initial training and continuing training from operator to engineer. WEAMEC’s vocational training program is aimed at companies already established in the Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) market and wishing to improve their skills, as well as companies wishing to develop their Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) activity, and people wishing to retrain and benefit from the opportunities offered by this sector.