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The EC recently ratified a target of 27% of renewable energy by 2030, in association with a target of 40% carbon reduction. NWE needs to decarbonise its energy system. Wind energy is currently the most mature & cost-effective means of renewable energy generation, however land space and access to shallow offshore site (less than 50m water depth) are limited; space for future deployments is a major issue for further increasing wind generation capacity.
Wide spread market uptake of wind energy in deep water sites requires 4 elements;
- Demonstration of high survivability cost competitive Floating Offshore Wind (FOW) technology
- Raise awareness with and provide confidence to investors and project developers regarding technology investability
- Creation of supportive policy environment
- Develop an active supply chain
Demonstrate the investability with at least 20 investors & project developers to raise awareness and promote the uptake of FOW.
Creation of a shared political and industry vision for the development of FOW across the entire NWE region. Currently there is no shared vision.
Publication of a NWE FOW Development Plan to coordinate a change in private sector perception of floating offshore wind investability, whilst also creating supportive policy and an active supply chain across the NWE region.
Deployment of FOW platform in depths of over 50m, average wind resource of 10m/s and extreme waves of over 30m that will generate 13,140 MWh/y. Building on the work that SAIPEM did deploying the HyWind project.
Long term effects
By 2032 the project will have supported:
- Commercial uptake of the solution on 5 sites
- 2000 MW additional capacity of floating offshore wind energy production
- 1,040,000 tons CO2 equivalent decrease of GHG emissions
Established in 2003, EMEC is the world’s leading facility for testing wave and tidal energy converters in real sea conditions. The centre offers independent, accredited grid-connected test berths for full-scale prototypes, as well as test sites in less challenging conditions for use by smaller scale technologies, supply chain companies, and equipment manufacturers. To date, more marine energy converters have been deployed in Orkney, Scotland, than at any other single site in the world with 20 wave and tidal energy clients spanning 11 countries having tested 32 marine energy devices. For the AFLOWT project, EMEC will provide project management, overseeing the development of the project, the offshore construction and onshore grid connection. EMEC will assist the development of the deployment site, including the development of H&S systems and operating procedures.www.emec.org.uk
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) works with homeowners, businesses, communities and Government to achieve this, through expertise, funding, educational programmes, policy advice, research and the development of new technologies. SEAI is part-financed by Ireland’s EU Structural Funds Programme co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union. Ireland’s Offshore Renewable energy Development Plan (OREDP) has identified 70,000MW of energy potential off the Irish coast, the majority of which is wind and wave energy. This is circa 12 times Ireland’s current energy needs. SEAI will lead on the communications strand of the AFLOWT project.www.seai.ie
SAIPEM is a leading company in engineering, drilling and construction of major projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors. It is “One-Company” organized in five business divisions (Offshore E&C, Onshore E&C, Offshore Drilling, Onshore Drilling and XSight, dedicated to conceptual design). SAIPEM is a global solution provider with distinctive skills and competences and high-tech assets, which it uses to identify solutions aimed at satisfying customer requirements. Listed on the Milan Stock Exchange, it is present in over 60 countries worldwide and has 32 thousand employees of 120 different nationalities. SAIPEM is leading the development of the offshore wind device to be tested as part of the AFLOWT project.www.saipem.com
For over 80 years, MARIN has been contributing to the development of safe and economic ships and offshore structures as independent advisor in hydrodynamic and nautical research. MARIN accumulate know-how, expertise and experience to provide innovative tools and solutions for the maritime, offshore and nautical industry. At the same time MARIN consider it their responsibility to contribute to the development of offshore renewable energy from waves, tide and wind. For the AFLOWT project MARIN will be involved in the design of the mooring system and the monitoring of the prototype by means of full-scale measurements.www.marin.nl
The MaREI Centre in University College Cork (Ireland) is a marine and renewable energy research, development and innovation Centre supported by Science Foundation Ireland. MaREI offers unique world class testing infrastructure, state-of-the-art structural laboratories, novel prototypes and measurement equipment that allow the systematic identification and reduction of development risks through a structured TRL development cycle. For the AFLOWT project, UCC – MaREI will lead the technology maturity and investability working group in addition to undertaking validation tank testing of prototype platform behaviour.www.marei.ie
ESB, established in 1927 as a statutory corporation in the Republic of Ireland, operates across the electricity market from generation, through transmission and distribution to supply. ESB Engineering & Major Projects (E&MP) is a new directorate within ESB, and has capabilities including the research and development of new energy technologies and services, provision of specialist engineering expertise and project management capabilities. For the AFLOWT project, ESB E&MP will provide expert services and advice in relation to planning and consenting for the project and delivery of the environmental assessments required to meet the project output of installation of an offshore wind turbine.www.esb.ie
Fraunhofer IWES in Germany ensures investments in technological developments in the field of wind energy through its validation services. By operating large test rigs, it accelerates the market introduction of innovative products, enhances certification processes and increases planning security by using state-of-the-art measurement techniques. Within the AFLOWT project, Fraunhofer IWES will investigate the long-term impact of the deployment of floating offshore wind for the North-West Europe renewable energy targets, which finally, together with the results from the testing campaign, will feed into a Floating Offshore Wind Development Plan. Furthermore, Fraunhofer IWES will lead on the development of an advanced turbine control system.www.iwes.fraunhofer.de
CaLiCyA (Cable Life Cycle Assurance) is specialised in the engineering and monitoring of power cable over each cycle of its life from design, route engineering and risk assessment to monitoring during manufacturing, laying and operation. CaLiCyA is a service company born from the collaboration of two expert companies: FEBUS OPTICS is an innovative French company specialised in distributed optical fibre sensing systems for the monitoring and integrity management of infrastructures. KRAKEN SUBSEA SOLUTIONS (KSS)- a French engineering company with expertise on the execution of complex offshore projects, design studies and innovative submarine installation works. For the AFLOWT project, CaLiCyA will provide dedicated monitoring for the subsea power cable and sub-structure, and the analysis of this data. The company will also provide centralisation of all data generated by the different monitoring systems and their collection on shore.
Posted on 29-07-2019
SEAI has published a Request for Tender for the provision of Environmental Surveying Services for the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS), Co Mayo Read more
Posted on 20-03-2019
A €31 million project has been approved for an ambitious four-year floating offshore wind project. Subject to consenting, it is planned that a full-scale floating wind turbine be d... Read more
2022 end of year update Read More
On June 29th and 30th the Interreg AFLOWT (Accelerating market uptake of FLoating Offshore Wind Technology) and MEA (Marine Energy Alliance) projects joined together for an Innovation Tour. Organised by Ecole Central Nantes the event included a thoughtful crossover of projects, people, and a site visit to a floating offshore wind turbine. Read More
"MEA & AFLOWT INNOVATION TOUR" on Marine Renewables attracted more than 100 participants at Centrale Nantes and SEM-REV Read More
The AFLOWT partners are currently seeking feedback from all floating offshore wind technology stakeholders on their requirements in utilising test sites. We have constructed a survey for that purpose – we would greatly appreciate your inputs! Read More
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is Ireland's national sustainable energy authority. Read More
SEAI are currently undertaking a review of the AMETS and would appreciate feedback from all ocean technology developers who have an interest in utilizing the site. Read More
AFLOWT Project Update - April 2021 Read More
Partner Profile on AFLOWT Partner, CaLiCyA - Cable Life Cycle Assurance Read More
ESB has invested in renewable energy assets across a range of technologies including offshore wind Read More
The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES has institute locations at five sites in the northern part of Germany, where it focuses on wind energy system technologies on all scales - from nanometres within the material development research to kilometres when doing site investigations and wind field simulations. Read More
Belmullet Energy Event
Project Kick-Off meeting with all partners in SEAI offices in Dublin, Ireland