Saitec, one of the leading engineering firms in Spain, is
launching its first offshore wind medium-scale prototype: BlueSATH. This
project is scheduled to go online during the first quarter of 2020 in the open
sea waters of Santander (Spain) for a 12 months period after which the
prototype will be completely decommissioned.
take place in real sea environment with the deployment of a 1:6 scaled
prototype of a 10 MW wind turbine using SATH floating technology, acronym
of Swinging Around Twin Hull, an innovative, competitive and cost efficient
solution for offshore wind industry, which has been validated in several water
tank tests since 2014.
The main objectives
of BlueSATH project cover SATH platform validation of its response and dynamic
behavior. The aim is to obtain models that allow for structural optimization,
enabling cost reduction and validating structural turbine integrity.
the variables which better predict damage on different structure elements would
be identified so the structural life cycle can be appropriately forecasted through
a series of sensors. Furthermore, demonstrator’s logistic and transport
challenges and risks would be monitored in the course of its transport from
manufacturing/assembly setting to its final operation location.
turbine operation and maintenance, the necessary operations would be established,
in order to ensure its optimal performance owing to platform accessibility
The obtained results
and findings will be applied in the following real-scale model (2MW), to be
installed on the Basque Marine Energy Platform (BIMEP) in 2021.
The Abra of
Sardinero, in the city of Santander (Spain) is the selected deployment location
due to its meteoceanic conditions (wind, waves, currents and depth) which make it
suitable to create a real scaled environment. This project has significant
local content, with many companies from Cantabria Region taking part such as: Santander
Port, IHCantabria, DEGIMA, ASTANDER y ACORDE.
To sum up,
BlueSATH will promote the development of renewable energy, contributing to achieve the global
sustainability objectives through the use of wind at greater depths to generate
energy. In this way, offshore wind is positioned as one of the most dynamic and
with higher potential sources at the present. This is confirmed by Offshore
Wind Outlook 2019report, which indicates that the offshore market
has grown by about 30% ayear in the period between 2010 and 2018 and its
capacity is expected to increase 15 times in the next two decades.
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