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SELF-INSTALLING TELESCOPIC SUBSTRUCTURE FOR LOW-COST CRANELESS INSTALLATION OF COMPLETE OFFSHORE WIND TURBINES. DEEP OFFSHORE 5MW PROTOTYPE

Objective

In ELICAN, a strong team of complementary European companies with worldwide leading presence in the Wind Energy industry join forces to provide the market with a disruptive high-capacity and cost-reducing integrated substructure system for deep offshore wind energy. The technology is exceptionally fitted to meet the technical and logistical challenges of the sector as it moves into deeper locations with larger turbines, while allowing for drastic cost reduction.
This project will design, build, certify and fully demonstrate in operative environment a deep water substructure prototype supporting Adwen’s 5MW offshore wind turbine, the be installed in the Southeast coast of Las Palmas (Canary Islands). It will become the first bottom-fixed offshore wind turbine in all of Southern Europe and the first one worldwide to be installed with no need of heavy-lift vessels.

The revolutionary substructure consists in an integrated self-installing precast concrete telescopic tower and foundation that will allow for crane-free offshore installation of the complete substructure and wind turbine, thus overcoming the constraints imposed by the dependence on heavy-lift vessels. It will allow for a full inshore preassembly of the complete system, which is key to generate a highly industrialized low-cost manufacturing process with fast production rates and optimized risk control.

The main benefits to be provided by this ground-breaking technology are:
• Significant cost reduction (>35%) compared with current solutions.
• Direct scalability in terms of turbine size, water depth, infrastructure and installation means.
• Complete independence of heavy-lift vessels
• Excellently suited for fast industrialized construction.
• Robust and durable concrete substructure for reduced OPEX costs and improved asset integrity.
• Suitable for most soil conditions, including rocky seabeds.
• Enhanced environmental friendliness regarding both impact on sea life and carbon footprint.
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Coordinator

ESTEYCO SA

Address

Calle Menendez Pidal 17
28036 Madrid

Spain

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 5 110 610,59

Participants (6)

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ADWEN OFFSHORE S.L.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 19 892,82

ALE HEAVYLIFT (R&D) BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 124 279,17

UL INTERNATIONAL GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 566 973,75

A.L.E. HEAVYLIFT IBERICA SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 1 008 845,83

SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY EOLICA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 4 301 384,72

CONSORCIO PARA EL DISENO, CONSTRUCCION, EQUIPAMIENTO Y EXPLOTACION DE LA PLATAFORMA OCEANICA DE CANARIAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 50 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 691919

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.3.2.4.

H2020-EU.3.3.2.2.

H2020-EU.3.3.2.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 17 107 301,25

  • EU contribution

    € 11 181 986,88

Coordinated by:

ESTEYCO SA

Spain