Called PivotBuoy, it will be built in the Canaries and will be the first to have the new X1 Wind Single Point (SPM) mooring system.
This new single point mooring system will drastically reduce the cost of floating wind power at sea and will soon become a reality!
PivotBuoy floating wind platform.
The PivotBuoy floating wind platform will be the most innovative in the world and can be seen in Spanish waters. More precisely in the test area of the ocean platform located in the Canary Islands (PLOCAN).
This new anchoring system this will reduce the platform weight by 80% and the total costs will be reduced by 50%, making this new wind platform very competitive.
The objective of this project is to validate the benefits of the PivotBuoy system and other key innovations to reduce installation, operation and maintenance costs, thus paving the way for 50 Euros / MWh in commercial wind farms.
The consortium led by X1 Wind, and also in which companies like EDP or DNV GL are participating, completed the design of the swivel buoy in March and it is now ready for manufacture. This will be tested with a partial platform, applied to a Vestas V29 turbine.
The connection to the Spanish electricity grid of the first prototype is planned for the autumn of this year, its construction has already started in Santander (via the company Degima, partner of the consortium), to be then assembled in the Canary Islands before being installed in the PLOCAN test area. It is also in this test area that the double platform of the Enerocean wind turbines is installed.
Installations at greater depths.
Another advantage of PivotBuoy technology, replicated by EIT InnoEnergy, which is considered the pioneer of sustainable energy innovation in Europe, is that this floating wind platform can be installed deeper than most current floating wind solutions. Thus, this technology opens access to hundreds of sites that were previously technically or commercially inaccessible.
Over the past decade, many successful prototypes have been created which have shown that floating wind power is technically feasible, but costs should be reduced by 50%! It requires disruptive technology for floating offshore wind to be competitive on a large scale. Thus, nine leading research and development institutions, as well as leading industrial partners, were able to demonstrate the advantages of the innovative PivotBuoy system.
Alex Raventos, CEO of X1 Wind.
The development of this project was funded by the European Commission to the tune of 4 million euros.
More information: pivotbuoy.eu