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07-11-2019

Floating Wind Farms in Deeper Water

Aimplas Participates in the Flotant Project

Wind farms are a clean, sustainable and independent way to produce electricity on land, and offshore wind farms are becoming increasingly more common.

This second type actually produces energy more efficiently, but the current technology for implementing them involves higher installation and maintenance costs. Also, when there are no offshore locations far enough from the coast at the right water depth (less than 60 metres) where the wind turbine can be anchored directly to the seabed, more expensive systems must be used such as mooring, anchoring and floating structures.

  • Aimplas’s role in the project is mainly to develop and optimize the anchoring, wiring and floatation system through the development of thermoplastic and thermoset materials with antifouling and antibite properties (© Aimplas)

  • Wind farms are a clean, sustainable and independent way to produce electricity on land, and offshore wind farms are becoming increasingly more common (© Aimplas)

  • New plastic materials and coatings will make it possible to install floating wind farms in deeper water with fewer costs (© Aimplas)

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To provide a solution to these problems, Aimplas, the Plastics Technology Centre, in Valencia, Spain, is participating in the Flotant project, which aims to develop a solution for installing marine wind farms in water depths of 100 to 600 metres, with installation and maintenance costs that are 55% to 60% lower than at present.

About the Flotant Project

Flotant, which began in April 2019, is framed within the European Horizon 2020 programme and will last 36 months. The solutions developed in this project will make it possible to install wind turbines of more than 10 MW thanks to an anchoring system made of high-performance polymers that will reduce platform movements. This solution will consist of a plastic-concrete hybrid floating system, dynamic lightweight wiring and a high-performance power export system.

The project has chosen three different environments to install three prototypes: dynamic testing equipment for marine components used in the anchoring and power export systems, a tank that simulates marine conditions for the prototype of the comprehensive system, and the Port of Taliarte (Gran Canaria) for characterization of the new polymeric materials under real marine conditions.

The Contribution of Aimplas

Aimplas’s role in the project is mainly to develop and optimize the anchoring, wiring and floatation system through the development of thermoplastic and thermoset materials with antifouling and antibite properties.
The result is expected to reduce the cost of producing this type of energy from EUR 107 per MWh in 2018 to EUR85-95 per MWh by 2030.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 815289.

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AIMPLAS Instituto Tecnológico del Plástico

Gustave Eiffel 4
ES 46980 Paterna/Valencia
Tel.: +34 96 1366040

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