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PivotBuoy Project showcases disruptive floating wind technology

Energize Editors

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Professionals from across the offshore wind industry gathered at PLOCAN’s onshore facilities in the Canary Islands to mark the closing of the PivotBuoy Project.

A consortium of nine partners from five different countries (X1 Wind, ESM, WavEC, PLOCAN, INTECSEA, EDP, DTU, DNV GL, and DEGIMA) showcased positive results regarding the X30 scale-prototype platform performance.

The PivotBuoy Workshop Event included the attendance of more than 50 high-level professionals from the offshore wind industry, including end-users, turbine OEMs, EPCI Developers and other key suppliers, R&D centers, and also government representatives.

During the workshop, participants had the opportunity to observe the X30 prototype performance on-live through a SCADA interactive session. Furthermore, attendees visited the prototype in its location offshore, being able to observe the platform’s behavior and stability in operation.

“This project has proven a new structural and mooring configuration that will bring substantial cost reductions for the floating wind industry,” said Alex Raventos, CEO of X1Wind. “The Final Project Workshop has been a fantastic opportunity to share the results with our partners, advisory board members, suppliers, and other institutions that have supported the project and thank them for their contribution,” added Raventos. “We are looking forward to the next steps in this journey, which will include the pre-commercial and commercial deployment of this technology, in order to make floating wind more competitive and able to actively contribute to the energy transition,” he concluded.

The innovative X30 platform is equipped with a specially customized V29 Vestas turbine and ABB power converter (read more). Additionally, the unique mooring system combines the advantages of a single-point mooring (SPM) with a tension leg platform (TLP). The proprietary design enables the floater to ‘weathervane’ passively and maximizes energy yields. Compared to conventional designs that require catenary mooring lines, the TLP mooring system significantly decreases the seabed footprint, reduces environmental impact, improves compatibility with other sea activities and allows the platform to be deployed in deeper waters (read more).

The X30 platform was installed last October and is now being tested in fully operational conditions, feeding the electricity produced to PLOCAN’s smart grid (read more).

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