As part of the H2020 Elican project, which aims to develop technological innovations for wind infrastructures, the first telescopic wind turbine worldwide is currently in the implementation phase on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, off the northwest African coasts. This new concept uses a floating Ground Based Structure (GBS) and a self-erecting telescopic tower, which can be entirely assembled on land, with the turbine and towed in a conventional manner to the site. It doesn’t need a cumbersome and costly offshore equipment to be erected, which reduces the overall cost of the installation by 30%. All the components of the project (including a Siemens-Gamesa wind turbine of 5MW) are assembled by land in the port, then the turbine is towed in its offshore position by tugs, which is a more efficient and cost-effective manner. The H2020 Elicant project has been partially funded (70%) by the European Commission as part of the three-year Horizon 2020 program. It’s the result of the collaboration of several European partners, leaders in their respective areas such as Esteyco SA (Project leader) Gamesa Eólica, S.L.U., ALE Heavy-Lift (R&D) BV, UL International GMBH and Plocan.
The Saudi company Acwa Power, involved in all sectors of energy just opened its first brand new Moroccan wind power plant on the site of Khalladi, 50km from Tanger. This facility, which cost nearly 180 million dollars, will produce approximately 380 GWh per year, equivalent to that consumed by 400 000 people. This new wind power plant is part of a major national plan to set the share reserved to renewables in energy provision to 52% by 2030.
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partner (CIP) has just ordered 135 MW of V126-345 MW turbines from Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems A / S (Vestas) for its Blue Cloud Wind project, which is being reduced by Vestas’ ability to maximize the return on customer investment throughout the life of the wind assets, CIP has also decided to entrust Vestas with the Blue Cloud Wind Project service for the next 25 years. This service agreement is an Active Output Management 5000 service contract (AOM 5000): the Vestas service designed to optimize the availability and production of energy.
”Vestas has proven itself during the construction of Bearkat I, and we are pleased to continue our successful partnership with Blue Cloud. We are keen to further expand our footprint in the U.S. in cooperation with Vestas”, says Christian Skakkebaek, Senior Partner in Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.
Vestas will supply and commission the turbines scheduled for delivery in the second quarter of 2018 and commissioning expected by the end of 2018.