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Windtech International May June 2024 issue

 

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The floating offshore wind project DemoSATH started generating energy. The project is a cooperation between Saitec Offshore Technologies (Spain), RWE Offshore Wind (Germany) and KEPCO (Japan).

In August, DemoSATH was installed offshore at the BiMEP testing area at Armintza in the Basque Country. Subsequently, the connection of the existing static seabed cable to the motion-absorbing dynamic cable and the link to the platform's bow turret were successfully completed. This achievement enables the transmission of the generated electricity into the electrical grid through the BiMEP substation. The DemoSATH platform, located 2 miles off the Basque coast, features a turbine capable of generating up to 2MW of renewable energy.
 
The commissioning marks the beginning of a two-year operational period to gather data about the behaviour of the SATH technology, developed by Saitec Offshore Technologies, and the monitoring of the systems installed on the platform to understand its interaction with the surrounding ecosystem. Specialised tools for the identification of birds and bats have been installed, as well as systems for monitoring marine ecosystem biodiversity (such as crustacean communities, other invertebrates, fish, and cetaceans) within the local environment.
 
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