A digital twin is a digital replica of a living or non-living physical entity. By combining the physical and the virtual world, data is provided enabling the virtual entity to exist at the same time with the physical entity. Specifically, it replicates physical assets that can be used for various purposes. This digital representation provides the elements and the dynamics of how an Internet of Things (IoT) device operates and lives throughout its life cycle.

The technology known as DigiFloat will be a real-time representation of the WindFloat Atlantic (WFA) project. DigiFloat will be installed off the coast of northern Portugal.

João Metelo, CEO, Principle Power commented

We are at the beginning of an exciting new era for floating wind and proud to be part of a team that is developing digital innovations that will help accelerate the deployment of the technology around the world

Sam Kanner, R&D Lead at Principle Power and Principal Investigator of the project added that the use of this software on a full-scale offshore wind turbine will help the companies create next-gen designs by closing the design feedback loop on a real-world project

The project consortium consists of Principle Power, Akselos, the American Bureau of Shipping, the University of Washington-Applied Physics Laboratory, the University of California Berkeley, U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, and EDP Renewables North America Offshore.

Last year, Brian Burke, chief of research at Gartner, analyzed shipping's future technology trends and resulted to the fact that by 2021, half of large industrial companies will use digital twins, achieving 10% improvement and effectiveness.