Novel deSign, producTion and opEration aPproaches for floating WIND turbine farms

STEP4WIND is a European Industrial Doctorate programme, granted under the H2020 Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network initiative (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019, grant agreement 860737 ). The programme runs between April 2020 and March 2024 and will deliver 10 PhD degrees, in joint supervision and training between the public and private sectors. The main objective is to address both technological and economical challenges related to the development of floating offshore wind farms.


Participation in a PhD winter school

Likhitha Ramesh Reddy and Felipe Novais took part in a winter school organized by DTU Wind (Denmark) on the control of floating wind …

Participation in Torque2022

The STEP4WIND researchers participated in the international conference Torque2022 organized by TU Delft on 1-3 June 2022.

Ambassador for OffshoreWind4Kids

The small-scale (floating) wind turbines of OffshoreWind4Kids have arrived at TU Delft and will be used in many dissemination …

Talk at the EERA DeepWind conference 2022

One of our ESRs presented his research at the international conference.



Open Science

Overview: This course is a MOOC given by TU Delft and is therefore accessible to a wide audience. The early-stage researchers followed …

Big data management

Overview: This course will cover all aspects related to data collection, management, analysis, visualisation, and sharing. Example of …

Wave tank experiments

Overview: The early-stage researchers and a few principal investigators participated in a workshop organized by MARIN (Maritime …

Build your start-up

Overview: This course focussed on “Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Communication" and was organized by TU Delft on …

Autumn school

Overview: The Autumn school took place at Lake Como on 4-8 October 2021. The programme included lectures on: atmosphere physics and …

Winter school

Overview: The second STEP4WIND school took place on 5-9 September 2022 and included topics on social, economic and environmental impact …

Risk considerations for the commercialisation of floating wind turbines

Overview: ORE Catapult will present its methodology for risk management of FOWTs (including risks into some costs parameters), the …

Design, manufacturing and testing of wind turbine blades

Overview: The goal is to provide a strong practical understanding of the context that underpins wind blade innovation. The PhD …

From a PhD to a career in industry

Overview: Topics are: tools for a successful transition from academia to industry (networking, industry involvement, soft-skills); …

Intellectual Property Right

Overview: The workshop will be divided into two parts and will be organised with the technology transfer officer at TU Delft and the …

Scientific writing and presentation skills

Overview: This training was covered during the winter school organized by University College Cork in 2022. It included a practical …

The Doctoral Training Network

Early-stage researchers


Likhitha Ramesh Reddy

PhD student (ESR1)


Ricardo Amaral

PhD student (ESR2)


Deepali Singh

PhD student (ESR3)


Matteo Baudino Bessone

PhD student (ESR4)


Felipe Novais

PhD student (ESR5)


Alejandro del Toro

PhD student (ESR6)


Huzaifa Syed

PhD student (ESR7)


Rahul Chitteth Ramachandran

PhD student (ESR8)


Omer Khalid

PhD student (ESR9)


Omar Ibrahim

PhD student (ESR10)

Supervisory team


Axelle Viré

Associate Professor, Project Coordinator


Michiel Zaaijer

Assistant Professor


Julie Teuwen

Assistant Professor


Marco Belloli

Full Professor Applied Mechanics


Sara Muggiasca



Cian Desmond

Research Fellow


Paul Deglaire

Team lead


Laurent Beaudet



Alex Loeven

Head of rotor performance - Offshore


Bastien Duboc

Scientifc Software Engineer


Juliette Coussy



Kasper Laugesen

Advanced engineer


Tomas Flanagan

R&D Director


Roberts Proskovics

Team Lead - Turbines / Technical Lead - Floating Wind


Hamish Macdonald



Daniel Milano



Ellen Jump

Project Engineer


John Walker

Project Engineer


Will Brindley

Research Engineer


Katherine Dykes

Head of Section


Erik-Jan De Ridder

Team leader Renewable Energy


Pierre Bénard

Assistant Professor


Amy Robertson

Principal Engineer


Garrett Barter

Senior Analyst


Thomas Choisnet

Chief Technology Officer

Advisory Board


Ilmas Bayati

Senior Consultant

Administrative support


Oana Schippers-Trifan

Project manager

Recent Publications

Dedicated large-scale floating offshore wind to hydrogen: Assessing design variables in proposed typologies

Marine operations required to transfer technicians and equipment represent a significant proportion of the total cost of offshore wind. …

Applications of robotics in floating offshore wind farm operations and maintenance: Literature review and trends

Marine operations required to transfer technicians and equipment represent a significant proportion of the total cost of offshore wind. …

A frequency-time domain method for annual energy production estimation in floating wind turbines

A new method is proposed to estimate a floating wind turbine’s annual energy production (AEP) using frequency and …

Floating wind turbines: marine operations challenges and opportunities

The global floating offshore wind energy industry is rapidly maturing, with several technologies having been installed at pilot and …

Including installation logistics costs in the optimal sizing of semi-submersibles for floating wind farms

In this research, we explored the potential to reduce the cost of floating wind farms by adopting an integrated approach to optimally …

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Floating offshore wind energy

Presentation of the STEP4WIND project at an international event

A low computational framework for testing closed-loop wind farm controllers

ESR presentation

Aerodynamics of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines Undergoing Large Motions

ESR presentation

Application of robotics for floating wind operations and maintenance (O&M) - A review

ESR presentation

Coupling Green Hydrogen Production and Transportation with Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Farms - A Review

ESR presentation


Outreach event building floating wind turbines at the beach

Outreach event at Scheveningen beach

Project featured in a special report

Special report in the Innovation Platform magazine

Project Coordinator interviewed for the Dutch magazine KIJK

Challenges of floating offshore wind turbines

Omar Ibrahim featured as MSCA Fellow of the Week

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions feature

Project Coordinator interviewed by New Energy for Europe

Floating offshore wind and green hydrogen.


D5.2 - STEP4WIND newsletters

The newsletters are available at the following hyperlinks Newsletter 1 and Newletter 2

D4.1 - Training guide and plan

The training guide and plan gives an overview of the training activities within the project.


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