The European FLOTANT project coordinated by PLOCAN, which aims to develop an innovative and low-cost floating offshore wind technology, optimised for deep water (100m-600m) and to sustain a 10+MW wind turbine generator, has presented his progress and main outcomes in the 11th Technical Conferences on Marine Renewable Energies (ENERMAR) organised by the Association of Naval and Ocean Engineers of Spain.
The event, which was held on 23rd and 24th of September in Avilés, Asturias, included the participation of all the stakeholders involved in the marine energies sector, academia, industry, industry association, research institutes and administration. The challenges that the sector is facing in order to reach the objectives for 2030 and 2050 have been exposed as well as the progress achieved thanks to the research.
The main innovations of FLOTANT were presented: a floating platform optimised for deep waters and new dynamic cables and mooring lines with sensors integrated.
The decarbonisation of the electric power system largely involves the utilisation of the energy contained in the ocean. The challenge is to develop the technology for the energy capture in an efficient and sustainable way.
Alejandro Romero, project manager of FLOTANT, highlighted the role of the naval sector in the unstoppable energy transition: “the energy sector looks to the ocean as one of the most promising solutions to achieve the fully decarbonisation of the electric power system, and it should be done together with the naval sector, because it knows the environment and it has the expertise and capabilities”.
Project acronym: FLOTANT
Project title: Innovative, low cost, low weight and safe floating wind technology optimized for deep water wind sites
Funding: EU-H2020-LC-SC3-RES-11-2018, grant agreement 815289
EU Financial conttribution: 4.9 million Euros