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PivotBuoy - An Advanced System for Cost-effective and Reliable Mooring, Connection, Installation & Operation of Floating Wind

Objective

"The main project objective is to reduce the cost of energy (LCOE) of floating wind by 50% through the validation of the ""PivotBuoy"", an innovative subsystem that reduces the costs of mooring systems and floating platforms, allows faster and cheaper installation and a more reliable and sustainable operation.
The PivotBuoy system combines the advantages of Single Point Mooring systems (SPM - pre-installation of the mooring and connection system using small vessels) with those of tension-leg systems (TLPs - weight reduction, reduced mooring length and enhanced stability), enabling a radical weight reduction of 50% to 90% in floating wind systems compared to current spar and semi-submersible systems but also enabling a critical simplification in the installation of traditional TLP systems.
The PivotBuoy concept, initially conceived by its founder while at MIT, is currently at TRL3 after the proof of concept in a wave tank at 1:64 scale and it is the result of years of experience. The project proposes validating the concept at PLOCAN test site, integrating a part-scale prototype of the PivotBuoy single point mooring system in a 225kW downwind floating platform developed by X1 WIND. By testing in a relevant environment, the project will also validate critical innovations related to assembly, installation and O&M techniques, reaching TRL5 at the project end.
The impact of the proposed innovations is sector wide: the system can be integrated not only in X1 WIND downwind platform but in any other floating platforms using single point moorings systems in the wind and in other sectors such as wave energy, tidal and oil&gas industries. The project consortium, combining experienced industrial partners from the oil&gas, naval and offshore wind sectors with cutting-edge R&D centres, will also bring additional innovations in components, materials and installation and O&M techniques, advancing the state-of-the-art of the floating wind sector.
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Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fossil energy/gas

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-SC3-2018-RES-TwoStages
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

EXPONENTIAL RENEWABLES SL
Address
Pasaje Domingo 11 P3 Pta 1
08007 Barcelona
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 1 412 200

Participants (8)

ESM ENERGIE- UND SCHWINGUNGSTECHNIK MITSCH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 107 125
Address
Energiestrasse 1
64646 Heppenheim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WAVEC/OFFSHORE RENEWABLES - CENTRO DE ENERGIA OFFSHORE ASSOCIACAO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 224 214
Address
Edificio Diogo Cao, Doca De Alcanta Norte
1350-352 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
CONSORCIO PARA EL DISENO, CONSTRUCCION, EQUIPAMIENTO Y EXPLOTACION DE LA PLATAFORMA OCEANICA DE CANARIAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 303 815
Address
Carretera De Taliarte
35200 Telde
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
INTECSEA B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 399 175
Address
Poortweg 6
2612PA Delft
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CNET CENTRE FOR NEW ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 285 000
Address
Rua Cidade De Goa 4
2685 039 Sacavem E Prior Velho Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 204 000
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1 Bygning 101 A
2800 Kgs Lyngby
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DNV GL UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 131 562,50
Address
30 Stamford Street 4Th Floor
SE1 9LQ London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DESARROLLO Y GESTION INDUSTRIAL Y DEL MEDIO AMBIENTE SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 892 973,75
Address
Avda. Juan Carlos I 2
39600 Maliaño
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)