Floating wind university challenge

OffshoreWind4Kids is launching a global floating wind university challenge in partnership with Deltares. 



A group of engineering students can participate in the challenge. Different ways of entering the competition are:

  • It could be integrated as part of a problem solving and design course, where a group of students work on a specific topic (e.g. KU Leuven has such group courses in 1st and 2nd year of engineering that run over one semester and are about 4 ECTS).

  • Groups of students can sign up for the challenge as part of extra curricular activities. We advise to have supervision from e.g. a PhD student to help guide the group in the competition.

In both cases, the registration form needs to be filled in for each group.



The students will have to design and build a floating wind turbine structure. The structure needs to support a Kosmos (4th gen) wind turbine and will be tested in the Atlantic basin at Deltares under the following conditions:

  • 90cm water depth

  • Hub height 70 cm above water level

  • Sandy seabed of 40 cm depth (assume medium density)

  • Up to 20 cm significant wave height (JONSWAP spectrum γ=3.3 - unidirectional - peak period: 1.5s to 2.0s)

  • Wind speed 3-4 Beaufort (no misalignment with waves)


The structure will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Power generation efficiency

  • Structural integrity

  • Foundation stability

  • Practicality of construction

  • Cost efficiency at full scale

A panel will evaluate the criteria at the competition event. Groups of students who cannot attend the event will be evaluated based on a written report and a video of their prototype.


The challenge runs in the academic year of 2021 to 2022. Indicative timeline:

  • 6 September 2021: start of the registration for the competition

  • 31 December 2021: abstract deadline (a ± 2 pager that details the floating concept)

  • 31 January 2022: Notification of selection for the competition event. Up to 10 groups will be selected.

  • 29 April 2022: Report deadline (max 60 pages)

  • 13 May 2022: Competition event at Deltares​ 

Note that exact dates may shift slightly


This is a global competition and groups of students from across the world can participate in it. The concluding competition will be held at Deltares in Delft, The Netherlands.


In case groups cannot travel to the event, they can still compete for the second prize (see next section) based on the report and a video of their structure subjected to wind and wave loading. 


There will be two separate prizes for the competition:

  1. Best performance of a scaled prototype at the maritime lab €1000

  2. Best written report covering each of the evaluation criteria €1000

Additional prizes may be added based on industry support for OffshoreWind4Kids.



Register using this link. Registration for the competition officially starts on 6 September 2021.

Contact offshorewind4kids@gmail.com for more information.