Canary Island's renewable plans

Puerto CanariasAn industrial and scientific delegation from Japan participated in a day focused on offshore wind energy in the Canary Oceanic Platform.

The visit was organised by PLOCAN in collaboration with the CDTI (Center for Industrial Technological Development), NEDO (Organization for Technological Development and New Energy of Japan) and the JWPA (Japan Wind Power Association), within the framework of a Japanese mission to Spain that has held several sessions in Bilbao, Navarra and Madrid.

The objective of these meetings is for representatives of Japanese companies to better understand the capabilities of Spanish industry and to identify future challenges that can be tackled jointly.

The Deputy Minister of Industry and Energy of the Government of the Canary Islands, Gonzalo Piernavieja, opened the meeting at the PLOCAN headquarters in Taliarte, noting that the Canary Islands has the challenge of achieving 45% energy generation from renewable energies by 2025, and stated that they have the objective to install 300MW of offshore energy by 2025.

To achieve the objective of offshore wind energy, Piernavieja said they want to start with an area of ​​140km2 in the southeast of the island of Gran Canaria for the development of commercial offshore generation technologies and prototype tests, and that they will have the PLOCAN collaboration.

The Deputy Minister of Industry and Energy reported that they are in talks with the Government of the State to start processing the reservation of this area, which 130km2 will be allocated to floating wind.

At the inauguration, the JWPA vice-president, Shigeru Yasu, also spoke, "We have something to learn from Spain and we must reach alliances to work together Japan and Spain," he said.

The 5MW ELICAN project was also viewed by the delegation. The prototype offshore wind tower was installed at the end of last June and is expected to be operational in the coming weeks.

The ELISA technology allows the wind turbine to be assembled in the port, including the wind turbine, which is the first in the world installed in the sea without requiring ships or marine cranes.

The tower is able to float during transport due to this it can be moved using conventional tugboats, anchoring it by watering it, and hoisting it by deploying sections, without the need for external means to do so.

The Jancean WIP 10+ project will demonstrate a fully integrated wind energy floating platform, Wind2Power, with two wind turbines of up to 6MW each and which is also capable of accommodating additional functions due to its size.

The objectives of the project are: to provide a floating base for a high wind capacity; optimise O&M procedures; demonstrate that cost reduction is possible by acting on both capital and O&M; and improve the management of the marine space.

After the technical session in PLOCAN, the Japanese delegation moved to the Jinámar area to observe from the ground the Esteyco wind turbine prototype and the Canary Islands Oceanic Platform, which was attended by the Minister of Economy, Industry, Trade and Knowledge of the Canary Islands Government, Pedro Ortega.

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