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Monday, June 7, 2021 

Bureau Veritas (BV) has launched a new digital simulation tool Opera which the clasification society believes will be a key asset for the certification of floating units, notably floating wind turbines.

As offshore wind farms are built further offshore, floating wind turbines are becoming increasingly more common, a trend which has accelerated due to a growing demand for alternative energy sources that can support a zero-carbon society. BV is in a position to enable the commercialisation of floating offshore wind, by providing solutions and guidance to develop safe, reliable and cost competitive projects.

Developed over 10 years of R&D, Opera offers an independent and integrated modelling solution that includes all components of a floating wind turbine, from mooring systems to blades, including sea-keeping and station-keeping of any floating structure. It addresses the complex physics involved with aero-hydro couplings and the multibody interactions inherent in floating projects.

Opera capabilities include:

  • Thorough understanding of any floating wind projects and flexibility to cater for any innovative design;
  • Performing Integrated Loads Analysis, taking into account all types of couplings;
  • Providing accuracy, reliability and speed to support customer requests;
  • Providing independent verification services;
  • Supporting the design review team in case of technical issues.

Laurent Leblanc, SVP Technical & Operations, BV said: “The development of Opera has been an amazing journey. We have built and improved our modelling capabilities over the years, in partnership with our clients. Today, we are in a position to perform any calculation to certify, give confidence and help de-risk any floating offshore wind turbine project. Opera will enable greater access to sustainable energy generated from wind, helping the offshore industry support the transition to an era of green, low-carbon operations.”

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