CTC leads a European innovation project to reduce the offshore wind turbines operating costs of by up to 15%

MooringSense has an implementation time of 36 months and a budget in excess of four million euros.

The project will lead to a more efficient integrity anchoring systems management strategy, which exploits the advantages of the “Digital Twin” concept.

The CTC Technology Centre will conduct a joint European research aimed at reducing the offshore wind turbines maintenance cost of by up to 15% and increasing their efficiency. This initiative, called MooringSense, is hinged on the development of a more efficient mooring system integrity management strategy for floating wind platforms. Thanks to the development and application of innovative technological solutions in the fields of monitoring and control, supported by the Digital Twins, the project will not only reduce operating costs but will also optimise the current performance offered by floating wind energy to increase annual energy production by between 2 and 3 %.

The meeting to launch this project, which will take 36 months to complete, was held today in Brussels. This first official project meeting has been led by the CTC team formed by María Campo-Cossío, head of the Navigation and Robotics area, Verónica González de Lena, head of the Industry and Energy area, and Alberto Puras, head of the Technological Development of CTC.

Project consortium.
 

Saitec, Zunibal, Vicinay Marine Innovación and Ikerlan, companies and research centres from Spain; TNO an Intecsea, entities from Holland; Bekaert Wire Rope Industry, from Belgium; and Sintef Ocean, from Norway, complete the consortium of a project that has more than 4 million euros of financing corresponding to the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (under grant agreement No 851703).

MooringSense is the most important project led by CTC to date. The objective set by the partners involves the implementation of several innovative technological solutions. The design and prototyping of a low-cost intelligent sensor to monitor the movement of floating platforms or the development of a virtual hi-fi anchoring system model is a challenge for the partners. The definition and implementation of structural health monitoring (SHM) techniques, as well as control strategies for the management of these components, are also considered.

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In fact, if MooringSense does achieve its intended objectives, it will define a new approach to managing the integrity of anchoring systems. The knowledge derived from the project is also expected to generate a number of patents.

The implementation of this multidisciplinary research responds to the need to manage offshore assets more efficiently to contribute to cost reductions of floating wind energy. Technological innovations and cost reductions have paved the way for the wind energy sector to emerge as a strategic sector for the continental economy. However, proactive innovation is required to maintain global leadership in this technology. In addition to reducing operating costs and increasing efficiency, the project has an eye on other benefits such as reducing the environmental impact on the life cycle of wind turbines or minimising technological risks. MooringSense will also do its bit to accelerate the global transition to a cleaner, more sustainable economy.

MooringSense is the fourth European project led by CTC in recent years. After successfully coordinating and executing research such as MAT4OEC, KrEaTive Habitat and GreenPatrol, the Cantabrian Technology Centre has positioned itself as an innovative quality agent in the European market. The specialisation of its research team in disciplines such as numerical modelling, navigation systems or artificial intelligence, its distinct market orientation and its ability to work in a network with other national and international players are a magnificent letter of introduction for a Centre in full growth.