PivotBuoy structure successfully arrived at Las Palmas

By December 3, 2020 News

Twenty months after the beginning of the PivotBuoy project, the pieces of the part-scale floating wind platform arrived to its final destination, Gran Canaria, and the prototype is one step closer towards its final goal: being operative in PLOCAN open ocean Test Site.

The manufacturing phase was completed successfully by DEGIMA, in Santander. The structure was transported in 9 separated parts to facilitate the operations. Actanis, the specialized project cargo division from Noatum, transported the components with a specialized cargo ship from Santander to Las Palmas, where the next stage of the project will start, the assembly.

All assembly works will be done by HIDRAMAR in Las Palmas Port, a shipyard with over 25 years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry and Naval sector.

The goal of this part-scale prototype is to demonstrate the potential LCOE reduction for floating offshore wind, and to gain significant knowledge from the different stages of the project, from design to commissioning including manufacturing, assembly, load-out and installation innovative strategies. More specifically, in the current stage of the project, the target is to prove that the assembly, load-out and installation of the PivotBuoy mooring system and the floating structure can be done using local infrastructure in Gran Canaria, reducing the need of heavy-lift vessels and specialized facilities.

PivotBuoy

The PivotBuoy Project aims to validate the benefits of the PivotBuoy® mooring system, An Advanced System for Cost-effective and Reliable Mooring, Connection, Installation & Operation of Floating Wind. While the scope of the project is on demonstrating the innovative PivotBuoy® single point mooring system, it will also enable the test of the Vestas V29 turbine adapted in a downwind configuration in real floating conditions at PLOCAN test site in the Canary Islands.

The Consortium is formed by nine partners from five different countries: X1Wind, ESM, WavEC, PLOCAN, INTECSEA, EDP, DTU, DNV GL and DEGIMA. The project officially started in April 2019 and will last for 36 months.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº815159