Fernando Clavijo, President of the Canary Islands, emphasised the "major potential offered by Canary Island waters, and more specifically, the 23 km2 of the Canary Island Oceanic Platform (PLOCAN) test site, as a research area for developing new off-shore wind power prototypes" in the course of his visit to the mooring site of Esteyco Engineering’s marine wind turbine prototype for the Elican Project.
Fernando Clavijo visited the mooring of the wind turbine accompanied by the Canary Island regional Minister of Economy, Industry, Trade and Knowledge, Pedro Ortega, the chairman of the Committee of Experts for Studying Climate Change and Promoting the Circular and Blue Economy, Aridane González, the co-ordinator of the Scientific-Technical and Innovation area of PLOCAN, Joaquín Hernández Brito, the Chief Executive Officer of PLOCAN, Paula Pacheco, and Vidina Monagas, technologist of the Scientific-Technical and Innovation area of PLOCAN.
The president announced that the prototype "is scheduled to come into operation next month, generating 5 MW of wind power” and he highlighted the participation of the Canary Islands and, specifically PLOCAN and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in developing this wind turbine that represents a technological milestone in the development of renewables. "This is a clear example that the firm commitment made by Canary Island Government to drive renewables", he assured.
For his part, Regional Minister Pedro Ortega announced that a second floating wind generator prototype is being built, representing an important step forward for the future of wind power in the Canary Islands, one that will enable the Islands to consolidate their position as a laboratory and test area, attracting new investments in the renewable field and moving forward the Canary Islands Economy Internationalisation Strategy.
The mooring is part of the European ELICAN project, led by ESTEYCO, involving a solid, multi-disciplinary team of companies - ESTEYCO, GAMESA, ALEHEAVY-LIFT and DEWI and PLOCAN, and complementary European international references in the wind power industry, joining forces to provide the market with a disruptive high-capacity, low-cost integrated sub-structure system for deep-water, off-shore wind power.
The PLOCAN test bed is supported by an auxiliary electricity grid for experimenting and testing new technologies that use marine energy resources to generate electricity and to connect observation technologies operating at increasing depths, thanks to the REDSUB project.
The ELICAN project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme by virtue of grant agreement Nº 691919.
The REDSUB project is 85% co-funded by ERDF from the Smart Growth Operative Programme 2014-2020 and 14.92% by the call for grants for Outstanding Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS, in Spanish) of the Spanish Government’s Scientific and Technical Infrastructure and Amenities Sub-Programme, as part of the Spanish Scientific and Technical Research of Excellence Promotion Programme of the Spanish Scientific, Technical and Innovation Plan 2013-2016.