Published: 05 May 2021 05 May 2021
X1 Wind is preparing to deploy its PivotBuoy floating wind technology in the Canary Islands after completing the assembly and load-out of a fully-functional prototype. It will be installed at the PLOCAN test site with full exposure to open ocean conditions to demonstrate the efficiency of the structural design and mooring system.
Fitted with a Vestas V29 turbine, the 1:3 scale prototype (X30) will be stationed at a 50m water depth through a single point mooring system in a downwind configuration, creating a ‘weathervaning’ solution. The pan-European Pivotbuoy consortium includes the companies EDP NEW, DNV, Intecsea, ESM and Degima and research centres WavEC, Plocan and DTU. The prototype has been developed through the €4million PivotBuoy Project awarded by the European Commission H2020 Program.