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This project has been supported with financial contribution from Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland under the SEAI Research, Development & Demonstration Funding Programme 2023, Grant number 23/RDD/923




The DIFOWT Project

De-risking Ireland’s Floating Offshore Wind Targets

For Ireland to benefit from the potential €70+billion investment in the Floating Offshore Wind (FOW) sector we must invest in port development and infrastructure.

This bottleneck has been clearly identified and acknowledged across various stakeholders and at government level. The SIMREI project addressed this by building an I,O&M model of Ireland’s future installations, which predicted the general port infrastructure and vessels required.

There is a need from stakeholders, and significant encouragement, to further the work of SIMREI. DIFOWT will build on this preliminary work, focusing on the FOW industry, and incorporating these key needs of the stakeholders. High-risk areas that stakeholders have identified and will be investigated are:

  • Port & wet storage capacity
  • Vessels and workforce
  • Installation rates & ORESS2 Longstop
  • I,O&M weather restrictions
  • Farm availability
  • LCOE sensitivity

Without this evidence-based approach, development in Ireland may not happen and the opportunity will be taken up by foreign ports and supply chains, thus increasing the LCOE of Irish projects. The outputs of DIFOWT will derisk FOW and be used to leverage investment for port and infrastructure development.

Project Duration

January 2024 - December 2025


1. Collect high-resolution model inputs and stakeholder requirements relating to the Floating Offshore Wind industry to reflect the current state-of-the-art and the potential to 2050

2. Develop additional Wave Venture TEMPEST™ software features and functionality  including energy storage and wet storage modules.

3. Develop advanced simulations of Ireland’s FOW industry in scenarios from 2030 to 2050, in order to produce an evidence base which will be used to derisk the development of the industry.

4. Identify the key constraints that risk the development of FOW in Ireland and their impact on the future of the FOW industry.

5. Dissemination of evidence-based recommendations to de-risk FOW development in Ireland.


Work Package 1 | Irish Port Infrastructure and Future Developments

WP1-D1: Database of port capability relevant to stakeholder requirements completed.

WP1-D2: Report recommending future port development pathways and supply chain opportunities.


Work Package 2 | Stakeholder Requirements Analysis and Detailed Model Input

WP2-D1: Stakeholder requirements technical note

WP2-D2: Model input package


Work Package 3 | Software Development

WP3-D1: Software design specification

WP3-D2: Beta integration of software code. First version user documentation.

WP3-D3: Complete module integration with Wave Venture TEMPEST software. Completed used documentation.


Work Package 4 | Simulation and Analysis

WP4-D1: Feedback on software to WP3

WP4-D2: Technical note on preliminary results

WP4-D3: Feedback to WP1 on the impact of Port Locations and infrastructure.

WP4-D4: Final report on modelling.


Work Package 5 | Stakeholder Engagement, Communication and Dissemination

WP5-D1: Communication & Dissemination toolkit

WP5-D2: Stakeholder engagement plan

WP5-D3: Steering group established.

WP5-D4: Host first project seminar

WP5-D5: Host second project seminar

WP5-D6: Disseminate final project report.


Work Package 6 | Project Management and Administration

WP6-D1: Interim and annual project progress reports.

WP6-D2: Final Internal Project Report

WP6-D3: Risk register & lesson learned log

WP6-D4: Publishable Project Report

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Introduction to DIFOWT project

Listen to Ben Kennedy of Wave Venture, introduce the DIFOWT project. 

Floating Wind Risk Management series

Chapter 1 - Port distance impact on installation

Port distance has a significant impact on a floating wind project development. This chapter presents results from analysing distance from port and the impact on install ability, utilising evidence-based results produced using TEMPEST™.


Chapter 2 - Port Capacity

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