The Canary Islands, at the forefront of renewable marine energy
The Esteyco prototype, which generates 5 MW of power, was transported to its final position, in the Canary Oceanic Platform´s (PLOCAN) test bed, using conventional towing systems. Once the prototype´s foundations were laid and it was securely anchored, the tower was deployed. This operation reduces installation costs by around 30%, by eliminating the need to hire special boats for their assembly, which can cost up to half a million euros a day.
The installation is a part of ELICAN, a European project led by Esteyco, where a cross-functional team of companies such as Gamesa, ALE Heavylift and Dewi as well as other European organizations have joined forces to market a disruptive, cost-effective and high capacity integrated substructure system for deep-sea offshore wind energy.
This wind turbine is an example of the Canary Islands´ potential as a natural lab for new technological developments as well as offshore projects that can be extrapolated world-wide. What´s more, it is an opportunity to make the most of the islands' natural resources and generate electricity, especially considering that the Canarian Energy Strategy 2025 (EENCan) contemplates implementing 310 MW of offshore wind power, a huge step towards greater energy self-sufficiency.