A prototype floating wind tension leg platform (TLP) developed by X1 Wind, X30, is now fully assembled in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, and ready for installation.
The weathervaning design combines the features of a low-draught semi-submersible with a TLP system for deeper waters. The platform is designed to align itself so that it can maximise energy yields from the prevailing wind and minimise environmental impact on the ocean.
Alex Raventos, X1 Wind CEO, commented: “The rotor assembly represents a symbolic moment in this project, fitting the blades which will ultimately harness the wind and demonstrate our downwind design. In the coming weeks we will engage in cable and anchor installations before the platform is stationed at 50-m water depth for final commissioning. Our system will drive greater structural efficiency, reducing loads, especially the bending moments at the base of the tower, allowing for a lighter design.” The X30 deployment will be delivered in conjunction with the PivotBuoy Project, a collaborative European-backed initiative to reduce the Levelised Cost of Electricity (LCOE) resulting from floating wind. Benefits of the PivotBuoy system include reduced floater weight, faster and cheaper installation, and the ability to operate in deeper waters with the TLP mooring system.
Floating wind prototype ready for installation