Principia has been working on offshore projects for 30 years for mooring design, floaters motion and installation analyses, subsea cable and structure design. Taking advantage of this experience developed for the Oil & Gas industry, PRINCIPIA provides engineering support to the main actors of the marine renewable sector to address this challenging domain at the crossroad of different cultures.
Principia develops also commercial software and is adapting its products to the renewable market by proposing specific products for floating wind turbine (DeepLines Wind) and coupling its different software (DIODORE – Hydrodynamic, NSO – structure, EOLE – CFD) to answer the specificities of wind and tidal turbines.
The main focus of Principia is the design of marine renewable system from a structural and mechanical point of view by assessing the fully coupled dynamic response of such system under aerodynamic and hydrodynamic loadings.
Aware of the engineering practice in offshore for mooring and sea keeping analyses, dynamic power cable design, advanced structural analyses and installation studies, PRINCIPIA has been supporting the success of offshore wind turbine projects since the start of the development of this activity.
This success of providing best engineering practice to main actors in the offshore wind turbine industry is mainly driven by our capabilities to accurately assess the fully coupled dynamic response of any fixed or floating wind turbine using our integrated commercial software DeepLines WIND, jointly developed with IFPEN, including all the key components of the system in a single FE model to account for the combination of hydro and aerodynamic loadings, i.e.:
PRINCIPIA is currently involved in the design of several WT floaters at conceptual, basic or detail design stage.
PRINCIPIA provides engineering support for the design of tidal turbines system to the main actors in this industry, including the following range of activities:
Our integrated tool “DeepLines WIND” initially dedicated to wind turbine may also be used for floating tidal turbines in order to performed coupled analyses.
Offshore OTEC systems require large floating units to be moored in deep waters with long water intake risers. PRINCIPIA has a long experience in the design of such systems for the Oil&Gas industry at every stage of a project (conceptual, basic or detail).
For Onshore OTEC or SWAC (sea water air conditioning) systems, PRINCIPIA can support any actors on this sector by covering the full engineering scope of work for HDPE pipelines including:
Renewable Energy Operators: EDF EN / DONG ENERGY / TOTAL / AREVA / NASS&WIND
Installation Contractors: A2SEA / SEAWAY HEAVY LIFTING / TECHNIP / SAIPEM / FRED OLSEN /ACCIONA / ETPO
Concept Developers: DCNS / NENUPHAR / UNIVERSAL FOUNDATION / IDEOL / ECN / HEXICON / OPENHYDRO
Turbine Supplier: ADWEN / ALSTOM
Fixed Wind Turbine: WALNEY / BLIGH BANK / FIRTH OF FORTH / FAR-SHORE / QWYNT Y MOR / ANHOLT / THANET / GREATER GABBARD / BORKUM RIFFGRUND / ST NAZAIRE / BORKUM WEST II / SYLWIN / GODEWIND
Floating Wind Turbine: HYWIND PILOT PARK / SEMREV / MISTRAL / SEAREED / ATLANTIC / PGL / DOUNREAY TRI OWF
Wave Energy Converter: SEAREV / AWS Ocean Energy
Tidal Energy Converter: PAIMPOL BREHAT / NORMANDIE HYDRO