Floating Offshore Wind

Commercializing with confidence

The next phase of the energy transition demands committed implementation of new technologies. Floating offshore wind is opening new possibilities for wind power locations and will play a critical role in the transition to a cleaner energy supply, contributing significantly to an increase in offshore wind power. Floating offshore wind capacity is projected to almost 270 GW by 2050, as per DNV's 2023 Energy Transition Outlook (ETO) research.

Following first successful prototypes and demonstration projects, floating offshore wind is now taking the first steps in commercialization. DNV’s ETO 2023 estimates that by 2050, the global average LCOE for floating offshore wind will be at approximately USD 67/MWh, with these cost reductions driven by volume increases, standardization and the advantages of experiential learning.

Global knowledge from key competence centers of DNV

Faced with challenges coming from unknown territory, many new concept designs and market players, the industry needs reassurance that all possible steps have been taken to minimize risks and maximize the chances of a successful project.

DNV enables floating offshore wind commercialization by providing digital tools and guidance to develop safe, reliable and cost competitive projects. With our industry standards, global presence and 160 years' experience in managing risks of offshore technologies we provide stakeholders with the needed confidence to implement the novel floating offshore wind technology around the world.

We have services to support floating offshore wind projects, delivered with experience from offshore wind, maritime and oil & gas.

Joint industry projects

We invest material percentages of our annual revenues in research and development (R&D) including leading JIPs focused on floating offshore wind. The following are JIPs directly supporting the improvement of floating wind development with others in the works.


Optimizing mooring and dynamic cable design requirements for floating wind

The JIP will provide new and vaulable insights on load and capacity of these critical components and the recommendations will form basis for tomorrow’s design requirements.


Ground investigation for floating wind turbines

Focussing on pragmatic approaches to site investigation and ground modelling.


Concrete for Floating Offshore Wind

DNV has secured sufficient interest from industry partners to launch a new joint industry project to enhance technology development and prepare for scale/industrialization of concrete substructures for floating offshore wind.


Floating offshore wind substations

DNV is looking for partners to launch a new Joint Industry Project to enhance technology development for floating offshore substations.


Learn more about floating offshore wind


REPORT: Turning ambition into action

Read our floating wind report to get insights on choosing investment criteria and mitigating risks to commercialize floating offshore wind.


PODCAST: The unstoppable rise of floating offshore wind

Episode 1: The vast potential that floating wind technology has as part of the global energy transition.


PODCAST: The unstoppable rise of floating offshore wind

Episode 2: Two important aspects that will enable countries to move from initial pilot projects to wide-scale deployment.

Projects and cases


DNV concludes Phase 1 of joint industry project to optimize design of floating substations

The collaborative industry effort has brought together 38 participating companies to tackle the distinctive challenges associated with floating offshore substations.


DNV provides technology qualification services for aerodyn’s new floating offshore wind design

Innovative concept allows for a rated power of 15 MW.


DNV certifies Naval Energies’ floater design basis for floating wind farm and design methods

DNV’s comprehensive certification delivers maximum floating offshore wind stakeholder confidence


DNV provides technical and market advice to Tokyo Gas on USD 22 million investment in Principle Power floating wind technology

Technical due diligence supports draws on DNV global leadership in floating wind technology.


DNV supports Equinor with verification study for Hywind Tampen floating wind farm

The introduction of floating offshore wind could cut emissions from the oil fields by more than 200,000 tonnes per year.


DNV successfully completed technical due diligence for 25 MW Windfloat Atlantic floating wind project

Technical Due Diligence helped secure EUR 60 million from the European Investment Bank to become world’s first project-financed floating wind farm


DNV launches revised design standard and new certification guideline for floating wind turbines

The documents can be applied for the design and certification of floating wind farms, floating wind turbines or their components.


DNV provides concept certification of Fred. Olsen 1848’s floating wind turbine, BRUNEL

DNV has provided Fred. Olsen 1848 with a Statement of Feasibility (similar to an Approval in Principle) for their floating wind turbine concept, BRUNEL.


DNV awards Odfjell Oceanwind AiP for new Deepsea Semi™ floating offshore wind foundation

DNV has awarded Odfjell Oceanwind an Approval in Principle (AiP) for their new Deepsea Semi™ floating wind foundation design. The Deepsea Semi™ floating wind foundation design has been developed for use in floating wind farms and for off-grid applications including temporary electrification of oil and gas installations in harsh environments.


DNV provides certification services for Hexicon’s floating wind demonstrator project TwinWay

The intention of the TwinWay project is to show proof of concept for Hexicon´s floating wind foundation TwinWind.