X1 Wind completes the rotor assembly for the pioneering ‘downwind’ floating platform in the Port of Las Palmas 14 de October de 2021 – Posted in: news, Sin categoría
The novel platform, assembled at the Hidramar facilities, ‘similar to a tripod’ presents greater structural efficiency, with a lighter and more scalable design, while minimizing the environmental impact on the ocean
X1 Wind has completed rotor assembly for its pioneering floating wind platform. The firm’s X30 prototype is already fully assembled at the Hidramar facilities in the Port of Las Palmas, ready for installation. Equipped with a specially adapted Vestas V29 turbine, the unique ‘leeward’ system is able to rotate like a weather vane and passively orient itself with the wind to maximize energy efficiency.
The novel ‘tripod-like’ platform also features higher structural efficiency, with a lighter and more scalable design, while minimizing environmental impact on the ocean.
“X1 Wind is committed to finding a more efficient structural approach to floating wind compared to more traditional systems” – Alex Raventos
“We are delighted to complete this latest milestone as we move towards implementation,” said X1 Wind CEO Alex Raventos. “The rotor assembly represents a symbolic moment in this project, placing the blades that will ultimately harness the wind and demonstrate our downwind design. The strong summer trade winds in Gran Canaria caused small delays after the initial disassembly, but this exciting period makes the assembly process a reality. In the coming weeks, we will participate in the installation of cables and anchors before the platform is parked at a water depth of 50m for final commissioning. From the beginning, X1 Wind has been committed to finding a more efficient structural approach to floating wind compared to more traditional systems. We believe that we have now developed the technology to make the most of the marine environment, while respecting the future sustainability of the ocean. Our system will drive greater structural efficiency, reducing loads, especially bending moments at the base of the tower, which will allow for a lighter design ”.