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Technical Paper: Engineering considerations for design of wind farm foundations

by David S Bu, Haskoning UK. This paper was first published in GE’s December 2005 issue.

Introduction

Twenty one gigawatts worth of large renewable power projects are being planned in the UK over the next five years (The Economist 5 February 2005). If all the projects intended, plus those currently being considered, are built, this would mean about 200 extra wind farms. The design of wind farm foundations is, therefore, a subject of great importance.

This technical note highlights the major issues that need to be considered when designing wind farm foundations. An illustrative example is also given.

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