Iberdrola to perform TLP Wind R&D project in Scotland

Iberdrola has started work, via via its engineering and construction subsidiary, the Scottish University of Strathclyde, and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, on the TLPWIND project.
Iberdrola to perform TLP Wind R&D project in Scotland

The  R&D initiative will focus on the offshore wind power sector and a has budget of €1 million.

The goal of the project is to promote the installation of offshore wind farms in areas of the United Kingdom where this option is not currently feasible because of the water depth.

The project will entail designing a state-of-the-art floating wind turbine model and an innovative system for installation, to be implemented on a subsequent basis at a number of sites chosen in advance, where water depth ranges between 60 and 100 metres.

The TLPWIND project aims to create a highly reliable model for offshore wind farms that will allow to drastically shorten installation times and cut costs. Both of these aspects are crucial to the future of offshore wind power.

The foundations to be designed will be moored to the seabed using tensioned cables, which will in turn almost entirely restrict the movement of the platform on which the offshore wind turbine will be placed.  The dimensions and weight of the steel used in these platforms will be optimised to the maximum, thereby bringing down construction costs.

Using these foundations designed by Iberdrola will mean that it will be possible to carry out most of the installation operations on land and then transfer the infrastructure out to sea. This will simplify the operations involved and bring down costs, as the specialised vessels needed when setting up this kind of infrastructure will not be required for as many hours.

The initiative has been included in the Infrastructure for Offshore Renewables Collaborative R&D projects programme co-funded by Innovate UK, which aims to optimise the supply chain in the offshore renewables sector by promoting R&D projects.

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