The main objective of SFI BLUES is to enable Norwegian industry to create new types of floating stationary structures which satisfy the needs and requirements from renewable energy, aquaculture and coastal infrastructure.
The world is facing several industrial and societal challenges, and the ocean provides great opportunities which can contribute to solving several of them. Due to the ongoing transition in the world's energy mix to meet the goals stated in the Paris agreement, the need for clean energy is now global. Changes in diets and an increase in the world's population also generate a need for safe and healthy food. Further, in a changing climate, requests for increased mobility, as well as shortage on area, introduce a need for resilient infrastructure in coastal waters for transportation as well as industrial and residential developments.
Floating support structures have a huge potential for contributing to solving these challenges, but new applications imply new needs and requirements to safety, sustainability, cost, function and operation. This leads to structures where we have limited experience. These structures will be diverse, but they have essential needs in common.
Key research and industry partners work together in SFI BLUES in a joint effort to solve common scientific challenges. This will enable novel floating structures for future needs, which contribute to solutions for global challenges. The industry partners represent complete value chains across several markets and therefore SFI BLUES has a large potential to contribute to increased value creation
WP1 Novel Concepts
The innovation objective is to support developers of novel ocean structures, by bringing together industry experts and research communities to discuss and solve complex technical issues. The scientific objective is to identify and understand technology and knowledge needs, and to convert these into research activities that can be addressed and pursued by the other WPs.
WP2 Digital Fjordlab
The overall objective is to reduce the threshold for designers to develop innovative coastal structures and designs, by developing a system where a designer can easily explore or experiment with different concepts for a given site, while utilizing the latest models developed by researchers to represent different aspects of the analysis, from site and environmental description, to structural loads and responses.
WP3 Design Optimization
The objective of WP3 is to identify, develop, and apply multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) strategies which are appropriate for novel floating marine structures. The developed numerical framework for exploring a wider design space, with sufficiently validated simulation tools, will enable innovative design solutions that traditional strategies may not be able to identify.
WP4 Marine Environment
The objective is to develop improved methodologies to determine coastal metocean conditions using consistent open access hindcasts of atmospheric and oceanic parameters, in order to reduce and quantify uncertainties in the environmental description for design basis.
WP5 Wave Structure Interaction
The objective of this WP is to broaden our understanding and knowledge on the wave loads and responses of future types of cost-efficient structures that can meet the demand for large-scale harvest of food and energy, as well as new type of coastal infrastructure, with rational models for wave-structure interaction as a goal.
WP6 Advanced Materials Technology
The objective of the WP is to provide support and expertise to innovative design in terms of material behaviour. The material solutions proposed will be an optimum between safety, reliability and economic efficiency.
WP7 Mooring and anchors
The objective of this work package is to develop solutions to secure that novel floating structures are kept at the location in a safe, sustainable and cost-efficient manner. This will be achieved by developing analyses tools and design methods, facilitating innovation and optimization in the industry, and by developing guidelines and effective monitoring systems to improve the robustness of the mooring and anchor system.