Cantabrian innovation validated to optimise the useful life of the anchoring systems of floating offshore platforms

The PREDICARG project has reached the end of its implementation successfully, and the consortium member organisations are happy with the outcome. The initiative has adapted well to development contingencies and the impact of the pandemic. This system will provide secure and uninterrupted information needed to calculate the remaining service life of anchoring systems for floating offshore platforms.

The CTC Technology Centre has contributed its extensive experience and knowledge in marine renewables and monitoring systems to design, create and validate the PREDICARG system. Innovative technology developed to predict loads in a reliable, durable and low-cost way to optimise the anchoring system of floating wind turbines used for marine energy harvesting

The project has been coordinated by the Cantabrian company DEGIMA, with which CTC has already collaborated in other research projects such as ACORN or MAT4OEC, both aimed at designing innovative anti-corrosion and anti-fouling coatings for marine energy converters. The Institute of Environmental Hydraulics (IH Cantabria) and the companies Enerocean and Saitec complete a consortium that has guaranteed the achievement of all the objectives.

The PREDICARG concept responds to one of the primary needs within the marine renewable energy sector. The devices used to capture this type of energy operate in very hostile conditions, so knowledge of the loads on the anchoring lines is essential to minimise system failure.

PREDICARG has been implemented over 30 months as part of the Retos Colaboración 2017 call, within the State Programme for Research, Development and Innovation Oriented to the Challenges of Society of the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2013-2016. The Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities is responsible for this funding initiative, whose main objective is to find innovative solutions that contribute to improving the competitiveness of the country’s business fabric.