An innovative floating wind and wave power unit is to be tested at a Spanish research facility at commercial-scale
The company behind an innovative floating wind and wave power unit has signed a memorandum of understanding with a Spanish research facility to test a commercial-scale unit.
Floating Power Plant (FPP) signed the MoU with The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) and plans to deploy the unit offshore Gran Canaria.
FPP said that apart from deploying a commercial-scale version of the hybrid floating wind and wave energy device at PLOCAN, it will also establish an R&D subsidiary in Gran Canaria.
The tests will allow the technology to be proven at commercial scale, as well as providing a centre for ongoing R&D into system components, control strategies and auxiliary equipment for a number of years.
FPP and PLOCAN will work together to assess the test facilities and identify a suitable deployment location, before conducting the necessary site studies and licensing and consenting activity.
PLOCAN will also assist FPP in establishing the R&D subsidiary in Gran Canaria and in establishing an operational plan.
It is anticipated that FPP’s technology could be constructed and deployed as early as late 2021.
Renewable energy developer DP Energy and FPP had planned to develop a wind-wave project offshore Scotland and undertook a detailed analysis of the Katanes project off Caithness and Sutherland in the north of Scotland.
A P37 floating wind/wave unit was extensively tested by FPP in an offshore environment.