February 24 (Renewables Now) - The renewables arm of Germany’s RWE AG (ETR:RWE) and Spanish firm Saitec Offshore Technologies on Monday announced a project to test a floating platform for wind turbines off the Spanish coast in 2021.
The project, called DemoSATH, will include a 18-month planning and construction phase and a two-year operating phase, beginning in autumn 2021. The concrete platform, which will carry a 2-MW wind turbine, is to be located in the Bay of Biscay.
Saitec Offshore Technologies, a spin-off of Spanish firm Saitec Engineering that specialises in floating offshore wind related services, will be responsible for the design and project management during the project's duration. Operation, maintenance and data treatment during the test phase will also be Saitec's responsibility.
The partnership comes as the company is preparing to deploy a scaled prototype of a wind turbine utilising SATH floating technology off the coast of Santander in April.
Meanwhile, RWE Renewables will fund part of the DemoSATH project costs, help with its experience in offshore wind power and will make use of the project's findings.
The project will focus on the platform's performance and load behaviour under various conditions. The project's main goal is to gather data and gain knowledge from the construction, operation and maintenance of the platform.
”We see great potential for floating wind farms worldwide. Especially in countries with deeper coastal waters, this opens up attractive opportunities. With DemoSATH, we are gaining experience with an innovative concrete-based platform technology," RWE Renewables CEO, Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, commented.