In ELICAN, a strong team of complementary European companies with worldwide leading presence in the Wind Energy industry join forces to provide the market with a disruptive high-capacity and cost-reducing integrated substructure system for deep offshore wind energy. The technology is exceptionally fitted to meet the technical and logistical challenges of the sector as it moves into deeper locations with larger turbines, while allowing for drastic cost reduction.
This project will design, build, certify and fully demonstrate in operative environment a deep water substructure prototype supporting Adwen’s 5MW offshore wind turbine, to be installed in the Southeast coast of Las Palmas (Canary Islands). It will become the first bottom-fixed offshore wind turbine in all of Southern Europe and the first one worldwide to be installed with no need of heavy-lift vessels.
The revolutionary substructure consists in an integrated self-installing precast concrete telescopic tower and foundation that will allow for cranefree offshore installation of the complete substructure and wind turbine, thus overcoming the constraints imposed by the dependence on heavy-lift vessels. It will allow for a full inshore preassembly of the complete system, which is key to generate a highly industrialized low-cost manufacturing process with fast production rates and optimized risk control.
The main benefits to be provided by this ground-breaking technology are:
The ENTROPI project will target investment to address critical challenges along the value chain supporting multi-use platforms. Such platforms have already been identified as a Key Enabling Technology (KET) and three FP7 projects (TROPOS, H2OCEAN and MERMAID) have explored preliminary platform concepts and feasibility.
Capabilities to build and operate such platforms will enable expansion of aquaculture capacity and renewable energy capacity, to address two important Blue Growth priorities, and in addition to bring concrete progression of the Energy Union It may also become a platform for development of offshore infrastructure for seabed mining and maritime security, two further Blue Growth sectors. ENTROPI will achieve this by:
The main objective of this proposal is the integration of an educational project in the classrooms, based on the construction of a Remotely Operated Vehicle, from low-cost tools, considering open-source hardware and software, having selected Arduino as an open-source hardware platform and Scratch as an open-source software implementation.
In addition to the main objective, it has been considered that robotics should be present in the education of any student, due to its didactic and practical nature, regardless the school/high school and the development that teachers make of this theme. Therefore, this proposal includes a demonstration workshop dedicated to robotics and programming which is also extrapolated to an exhibition in museum of science/technology. It will provide students a set of tools to build underwater robots, in line with the "Maker" philosophy and working realistically, creating dynamic activities that complement the teaching work and stimulate interest in science, technology and innovation. As an additional element of innovation, the proposal includes a training program for teachers in the Scratch programming language. This proposal is set as an excellent opportunity to disseminate to citizens in general and more specifically to students, the extensive and exciting field of professional development that through innovative technologies applied to the knowledge and the sustainable use of the ocean, can be found and developed in Spain.
Finally, the project context is also used to actively disseminate the results of the UNDERWORLD project, related to underwater radiocommunications, in the framework of the Scientific, Technic and Innovation Plan 2013-2016, section 1: “Research Challenges”.
In Wave Energy - Technology Brief (June 2014), the International Renewable Energy Agency stated that synergies with other offshore industries would be advantageous to the wave energy industry. The report concludes that opportunities should be found to create more dedicated infrastructures – including ports – to support the installation, operation and maintenance of wave energy converters (WEC). Additionally, the progressive growth of the sea ports’ activity brings many challenges, namely the increase of the energy consumption and pollution. The implementation of WECs in sea ports, allows preparing these important infrastructures for the future throughout sustainable and environmentally friendly developments.
Seaports breakwaters are designed to withstand wave action and promote the dissipation of wave energy at the entrance of the seaport, creating sheltered conditions for port activities. The high potential of these structures for the integration of WECs, due to their high exposure to ocean waves, triggered the SE@PORTS project. This project intends to demonstrate this approach is a win-win solution for both breakwaters and WEC solutions in a large extent. WECs current applications onshore are either based on the oscillating water column (Pico Island-PT and MutrikuSP, approaching TRL8) or on the overtopping principle (SSG at TRL3/4). These proof-of-concept prototypes, installed in real environments for validation purposes, still lack an integrated, multipurpose-driven assessment aimed at maximizing its technology efficiency, power production, long-term reliability and minimizing visual impacts or the overall construction.
The integration of high potential, overtopping concepts (TRL3) in breakwaters of large ports will be studied by means of numerical (WP3) and physical (WP4) modelling. In order to improve the system overall performance, hybrid systems combining overtopping with other working principles to harness wave energy will be analysed to explore the potential of this original approach. Potentiality of WEC’s application in seaports will be economically evaluated (WP5).
To realize SE@PORTS ambition, it is necessary to characterize the casestudy sites (WP2): (i) the offshore wave conditions, (ii) wave conditions at the toe of the breakwater, (iii) wave energy in front of the WEC. As case studies sites, the Port of Leixões (Porto, Portugal) and Port of Las Palmas (Gran Canaria, Spain) are suggested. Several concepts will be numerically studied in order to: (i) study its hydrodynamic behaviour, (ii) define the best design for the foundations, (iii) combine different approaches of harnessing wave energy, (iv) define which PTO suits better the power generation, (v) establish control strategies to be applied, (vi) explore the integration of storage systems and, finally, (vii) measure both the effectiveness and efficiency, taking into account Lean Principles by apply Lean Design-foreXcellence (LDfX) tool. Then, the most promising concept will be physically studied in both sites at different scales. Dissemination (WP6) will be organised around Research activities. The outcome of these activities will be published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences. At the beginning of the project the TRL will be 3 and in the end of the project we expect to reach the TRL 4-5 with the full set of laboratory tests of the reduced-scale models.