Wind farm foundations: What is at stake?

Wind towers are subjected to continuous vibration-induced forces throughout their operational life. To meet the performance requirements and guarantee the stability of the tower, the design must consider the interaction of the supporting soil, the foundation, and the superstructure.

As the tower and turbine are prefabricated, the foundation system is the only element that can be adjusted to suit to the site’s soil conditions. It may consist of a plain pad, special foundations, piles, micropiles or anchors.

Since the foundation is the only part of the project that involves in situ construction, it is essential to optimize the design from the start of the project in order to meet the construction schedule and the overall budget.

How VSL can help you

VSL’s experts can take account of the soil investigations and the desired performance of the wind tower to recommend a tailor-made and cost-effective solution suited to the project-specific constraints.

We combine engineering and construction capabilities with a pool of specialized equipment. This allows us to optimize the interfaces between the concrete tower and the foundation system, and ultimately the cost of the entire structure.

What are the VSL wind farm foundations’ solutions?

A global package from design/engineering to the delivery of the finished product.

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