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Innovation and System Integration for Offshore Renewable Energy Structures

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Innovative technologies have received great attention recently in order to advance offshore renewable energy systems for reducing cost, enhancing reliability and efficiency. There exist commercial offshore wind farms based on bottom-fixed foundations, while floating wind turbines entered in a phase of pre-commercialization. Marine current turbines and wave energy converters are yet to be developed for potential commercialization. Due to extreme environmental loads and complex structural response and load characteristics, design and maintenance of offshore renewable energy structures require more research and innovation. There has been extensive research on various aspects of numerical modeling, lab testing and field demonstration in extreme marine environments to understand their dynamic behavior and long-term performance. The purpose of this Special Issue is to publish the most exciting research with respect to development of innovative system integration into offshore renewable energy structures, providing a rapid review and publishing process, and to disseminate the articles freely for research, teaching, and reference purposes. High-quality papers are encouraged for publication that are directly related to various aspects described below. Scientific analysis of case studies is welcome. Authors are encouraged to highlight the need, benefit, and interest of monitoring for engineers and stake-holders.

Scope of the special issue:

· Innovative foundations and mooring systems for offshore renewable energy structures
· Design methods for structural components (anchors, moorings, foundations and power cables)
· Novel physical model testing techniques, including hybrid testing methods
· Combined concepts, multi-purpose offshore renewable energy structures
· Component development and integration
· Innovative systems for installation, operation, maintenance and repair
· Condition monitoring for mechanical components
· Structural health monitoring in the presence of degradation processes and fatigue
· Sensor performance in marine environments
· Autonomous system integration
· AI & machine learning approaches


Keywords: innovative technology, offshore renewable energy, integration, design method, testing method


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Innovative technologies have received great attention recently in order to advance offshore renewable energy systems for reducing cost, enhancing reliability and efficiency. There exist commercial offshore wind farms based on bottom-fixed foundations, while floating wind turbines entered in a phase of pre-commercialization. Marine current turbines and wave energy converters are yet to be developed for potential commercialization. Due to extreme environmental loads and complex structural response and load characteristics, design and maintenance of offshore renewable energy structures require more research and innovation. There has been extensive research on various aspects of numerical modeling, lab testing and field demonstration in extreme marine environments to understand their dynamic behavior and long-term performance. The purpose of this Special Issue is to publish the most exciting research with respect to development of innovative system integration into offshore renewable energy structures, providing a rapid review and publishing process, and to disseminate the articles freely for research, teaching, and reference purposes. High-quality papers are encouraged for publication that are directly related to various aspects described below. Scientific analysis of case studies is welcome. Authors are encouraged to highlight the need, benefit, and interest of monitoring for engineers and stake-holders.

Scope of the special issue:

· Innovative foundations and mooring systems for offshore renewable energy structures
· Design methods for structural components (anchors, moorings, foundations and power cables)
· Novel physical model testing techniques, including hybrid testing methods
· Combined concepts, multi-purpose offshore renewable energy structures
· Component development and integration
· Innovative systems for installation, operation, maintenance and repair
· Condition monitoring for mechanical components
· Structural health monitoring in the presence of degradation processes and fatigue
· Sensor performance in marine environments
· Autonomous system integration
· AI & machine learning approaches


Keywords: innovative technology, offshore renewable energy, integration, design method, testing method


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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01 June 2020 Abstract
16 November 2020 Manuscript

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01 June 2020 Abstract
16 November 2020 Manuscript

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