The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (Plocan) leads the European project Flotant which aims to develop a offshore wind technology floating, innovative and low cost, optimized for deep waters (100m-600m) and capable of supporting a 10 + MW wind turbine.
The Flotant project has the support of the technical coordination of the Cobra Group, a world leader in the development and operation of industrial infrastructures, and the participation of 17 partners from various countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, France, Greece, Croatia and Slovenia.
The initiative plans to develop the basic engineering needed to improve the cost-efficiency ratio, in addition to studying the social and socio-economic impact to increase the acceptance of floating offshore energy in deep water, and will represent a new breakthrough in innovation in this type of technology, establishing a consortium of collaborators including companies and entities such as Esteyco SA, Innosea, Future Fibers, the University of Exeter, the University of Edinburgh or the Research Association Plastic and Related Materials (Aimplas).
The Flotant project celebrates today and tomorrow at the facilities of the Cobra Group in Madrid the first general assembly that marks the beginning of the project with the presence of all partners and which will address the lines of action during the next three years. According to the report drawn up by the European non-profit association WindEurope for the promotion of wind energy, offshore wind energy is expected to produce between 7% and 11% of the electricity demand of the European Union in 2030, due to that its cost, in the most favorable locations, can be 54 euros / MWh.
The energy produced in wind turbines in deep water can quadruple this figure, according to the WindEurope estimates. Therefore, encouraging the development and deployment of offshore wind energy in deep waters is key to the European Union, reaching hitherto unapproachable markets for this type of energy.
The Canary archipelago has a scarce continental shelf, so the development of the floating wind resource is essential in this enclave, as well as having the greatest exploitation potential at a European level. With the beginning of this new project, Canarias once again leads the technological innovation in offshore wind energy.
Last year 2018 and a great step forward in energy Plocan is a Singular Scientific and Technical Infrastructure for research, development and innovation in the field of marine science and technology.
It is financed and managed by a 50 percent consortium between the Canarian Agency for Research, Innovation and the Information Society of the Ministry of Economy, Industry, Trade and Knowledge of the Government of the Canary Islands, and the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Marine Renewable Universities with the funding of the first marine wind turbine of a telescopic tower and fixed foundation, developed by the company Esteyco, in the Plocan test bench, under the Elican project. Flotant receives funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.