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The  third edition of the challenge runs in the academic year of 2023 to 2024:

  • 11 September 2023: start of the registration for the competition

  • 14 January 2023: abstract deadline 1 page A4 flyer containing:

    • Sketch or 3D drawing of the floating concept

    • Details of the participants (photo, name, university/company, year of study/position ..)​​

    • Explanation about standout features of your concept

  • 28 January 2024: Abstract feedback from evaluation committee

    • Selected student teams​ are eligible for a budget of 1000€ for fabrication costs (+ turbine)

  • 28 April 2024: Report & structure deadline 

    • Page limit for reports: 40 pages

    • Video showing the floating structure + moorings & anchors

    • In select countries, a local competition may be organised

  • 10 May 2023: Selection of groups for final competition event by evaluation committee​

    • Selected student teams​ are eligible for a budget of 1000€ for travel costs. We provide advise on travel and logistics to help with sustainable travel.

  • 4 July 2024: International final competition event​​​


Groups of young engineers can participate in the challenge. Different options for entering the competition are:

  • It could be integrated as part of a problem solving and design course at a university, 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 university or high school students can sign up for the challenge as part of extra curricular activities. We advise to have supervision from e.g. a professor or an industry professional in the offshore wind industry to help guide the group in the competition.

Students from all levels (high school, undergraduate, graduate and PhD level) can participate in the challenge. In case of questions, please send us an email.



The groups have to design and build a floating wind turbine structure. In the 2024 edition, the structure needs to meet the following requirements:

  • Turbine: Vevor 400W wind turbine

  • Hub height: 1.20m above water level ±10cm

  • Water depth: min. 1m - max. 2m


The structure is evaluated using the following criteria: 

  • Power generation efficiency (Efficiency losses caused by dynamic wind/wave interaction) - 20pts

  • Structural integrity (Support structure design) - 20pts

  • Foundation stability (FOU - Foundations/anchors and moorings) - 20pts

  • Practicality of construction (T&I - Transport and Installation) - 20pts

  • Cost efficiency at full scale (Materials & fabrication cost) - 20pts

A panel, consisting of industry and academic experts in offshore wind, evaluates the criteria at the competition event.


This is a global competition and groups of young engineers from across the world can participate in it. The preliminary location for the final competition is indicated in the image below.


There are two separate prizes of 1000€ for the competition based on the performance of the structure in the field and the written report.

FWC preliminary location.jpg
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