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Innovative, low cost, low weight and safe floating wind technology optimized for deep water wind sites

Project description

Optimising floating wind farms in deep waters

Installing, operating and maintaining marine wind turbines becomes more difficult and more expensive as water depth increases. The EU-funded FLOTANT project aims to build and demonstrate a scale model of an offshore floating platform to support a wind turbine in deep waters. The newly designed components will include a hybrid concrete-plastic platform, optimised mooring and anchoring systems, high-performance lightweight power cables, and a high-tech monitoring system for operation and maintenance. The project will further assess the technological, economic, environmental and social impact of the floating platform. Ultimately, it will contribute to the advancement of renewable technologies, and is estimated to reduce future capital and operational expenses by more than 50 %.

Objective

Many elements of an offshore wind farm become more expensive as depth increases: mooring, anchoring and dynamic cables are the most obvious. However, deep water areas also pose additional challenges for installation and O&M strategies. FLOTANT project aims to develop an innovative and integrated Floating Offshore Wind solution, optimized for deep waters (100-600m) and to sustain a 10+MW wind turbine generator, composed by: a mooring and anchoring system using high performance polymers and based on Active Heave Compensation to minimise excursions, a hybrid concrete-plastic floater and a power export system with long self-life and low-weight dynamic cables. The project includes enhanced O&M strategies, sensoring, monitoring and the evaluation of the techno-economic, environmental, social and socio-economic impacts.

The prototypes of the novel mooring, anchoring and dynamic cable components, and a scaled model of the hybrid offshore wind floating platform will be tested and validated within the scope of the project. Three relevant environments have been selected to perform the tests: MARIN basin for global performance under controlled conditions; the Dynamic Marine Component Test facility (DMaC-UNEXE) for large scale prototypes tests; and PLOCAN Marine Test Site, for the characterisation of novel materials under real seawater conditions.

An expected 60% reduction in CAPEX and 55% in the OPEX by 2030 will be motivated by FLOTANT novel developments including additional sectorial reductions due to external technology improvements. Overall FLOTANT solution, will allow an optimisation of LCOE reaching values in the range of 85-95 €/MWh by 2030.

Call for proposal

H2020-LC-SC3-2018-2019-2020

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Sub call

H2020-LC-SC3-2018-RES-TwoStages

Coordinator

CONSORCIO PARA EL DISENO, CONSTRUCCION, EQUIPAMIENTO Y EXPLOTACION DE LA PLATAFORMA OCEANICA DE CANARIAS
Net EU contribution
€ 321 636,25
Address
CARRETERA DE TALIARTE
35200 Telde
Spain

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Region
Canarias Canarias Gran Canaria
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
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Total cost
€ 321 636,25

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