BILBAO, Spain – Saitec Engineering has secured €2.4 million ($2.9 million) from the European Commission “Blue Economy Window” call.
The funding for the SATHScale project will allow the company to address the challenges of bringing to market the SATH floating wind technology. This will be done through scaling-up the prototype from the technology validation and demonstration to industrial readiness and maturity for market introduction.
The company will use the experiences of DemoSATH, the ongoing open-sea 2-MW demonstrator that will be deployed at BiMEP n Biscay, Spain.
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.”
Prefabrication is one of the main advantages of this technology, the company said. The project will focus on the development of an industrialized fabrication system for mass production. This covers 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 labor to ease the management of projects and to enhance the local supply chain.
Another key point is the design optimization in terms of cost and dynamic behavior. 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.