Saitec Engineering scores €2.4m in funding for floating technology

In: Windfarms
25/11/2020

Saitec Engineering has been awarded with €2.4 million funding by the European Commission "Blue Economy Window" call.


The funding for SATHScale project will allow the company to address the challenge of bringing to market SATH floating wind technology. This is to be conducted through scaling-up the prototype from the technology validation and demonstration in a relevant environment to Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) required for commercial products in the relevant markets, to industrial readiness and maturity for market introduction, exploiting real experiences of the ongoing open-sea 2MW demonstrator that will be deployed at BiMEP (Biscay Marine Energy Platform) in Biscay (Spain).

Prefabrication is one of the main advantages of this technology. For that reason, SATHScale will focus on the development of an industrialised fabrication system for mass production, covering the manufacturing process, transportation, installation, commissioning, O&M and dismantling of the floating wind platform.  The portability of the manufacturing will allow the use of local labour to ease the management of projects and to enhance the local supply chain.


Another key point is the design optimisation in terms of cost and dynamic behaviour. Getting feedback from real experience data and then checking this against the values obtained through conservative calculation will provide relevant information to be applied in the following design processes.


Saitec Engineering also aims to reduce the risk of the technology, reduce unplanned activities while improving health and safety of the technology. This is expected to be achieved by the optimisation of operations and maintenance logistics data and analytics of DemoSATH.

Carlos Garrido-Mendoza, Head of R&D, said: “SATHScale is an important project for Saitec with a view of industrialize, internationalize and scaling-up SATH technology. SATHScale will help us to move forward to the required commercial maturity level through an open-sea experience, which is essential to fully understand the challenges in device performance, survivability and reliability prior to market take-up."




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