The X-rotor offshore wind turbine concept

Leithead, William and Camciuc, Arthur and Kazemi Amiri, Abbas and Carroll, James (2019) The X-rotor offshore wind turbine concept. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 1356. 012031. ISSN 1742-6596 (

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The following paper provides an overview of a novel wind turbine concept known as the X-Rotor Offshore Wind Turbine. The X-Rotor is a new wind turbine concept that aims to reduce the cost of energy from offshore wind. Cost reductions are achieved through reduced capital costs and reduced maintenance costs. The following paper includes results from an early feasibility study completed on the concept. In the feasibility study exemplary designs were created and structural analyses were carried out. Turbine capital costs and maintenance cost of the X-Rotor concept were then roughly estimated. X-Rotor turbine costs and O&M costs were compared to four existing wind turbine types to investigate potential cost savings from the X-Rotor concept. Results show that the X-Rotor has potential to reduce O&M costs by up to 55% and capital costs by up to 32%. The combination of the capital cost and O&M cost savings show potential to reduce the CoE by up to 26%.