Iberdrola, Elecnor to work on new offshore wind farm management system
Sep 5, 2014 - Spanish power firm Iberdrola (MCE:IBE) and engineering group Elecnor (BME:ENO) have started implementing a project that aims to create a benchmark system for offshore wind farm management.
Iberdrola explained in a statement on Thursday that the project’s ultimate goal is to enable the company to use the new management system at one of the offshore wind parks it commissions in the next few years. It gave an example for such a wind farm the 389-MW West of Duddon Sands project in UK waters developed in conjunction with Denmark’s DONG Energy A/S.
The Support of Maritime Operations in Offshore Windfarms (SUMO) initiative is being conducted by the UK units of Iberdrola Ingenieria and Elecnor Deimos.
The project is backed by the UK's Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and the European Space Agency (ESA). It will also involve the UK's Satellite Applications Catapult.
The alliance seeks to create a new system that will be able to address the entire process of developing an offshore wind farm. It will feature diagnostic and ocean weather forecasting tools, with products and services developed within the aerospace sector.