CROWN project aims to reduce costs for offshore turbine foundations

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In a programme that could save large wind farms millions of pounds both in CAPEX and OPEX, advanced metallic coatings with potential self-healing properties are being developed that could lower the Levelised Cost of Energy (LCoE) significantly. Managed by LIC, the CROWN Project is a partnership of corrosion, manufacture, installation and modelling industry leaders dedicated to making costly, and difficult-to-fit sacrificial anodes that need bulky steel support structures, a thing of the past. LICengineering and LICenergy is looking at how the widespread use of tons of aluminium and steel, costing several tens of thousands of pounds per offshore turbine foundation. can be replaced by the large-scale use of self-healing TSA metallic coatings, explains Diego Cocco, Senior Structural Design Engineer at LICenergy.