The world’s first telescopic wind turbine has been put in in waters off Gran Canaria In Spain.
The turbine makes use of a self-floating gravity-based construction and a self-lifting telescopic tower, each fabricated from concrete, which will be absolutely assembled onshore and conventionally towed to the location.
The prototype makes use of a Siemens-Gamesa 5 MW turbine and the tower consists of three sections.
The expertise is the centrepiece of a venture known as H2020 ELICAN led by Spanish engineering agency Esteyco. The venture is 70 per cent funded by the European Commission below the Horizon 2020 renewables programme and was set as much as ship the primary bottom-fixed offshore wind turbine fully put in with full independence of pricey heavylift vessels.
All of the turbine’s elements have been assembled onshore and the turbine was towed into its offshore place by tugs – making it a extra environment friendly and financial technique.
UK lifting firm ALE was liable for lifting the sections of the turbine. It managed all of the tools used for the offshore manoeuvres by way of wi-fi from a vessel it specifically developed.
Cecilio Barahona, venture engineer for ALE’s Spanish department, stated: “It is unbelievable to be concerned in such a singular and sophisticated venture. We have developed particular options for all of the challenges ensuing from the venture and lowered danger because of our engineering designs.”
The turbine is anticipated to begin producing electrical energy later this yr.