A new design of floating turbine has been successfully demonstrated in Glasgow as the collaboration behind it says it is nearing readiness for a full commercial test. The TLP WIND project – led by Iberdrola Engineering & Construction and bringing together the expertise of the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC) and Strathclyde University – has developed a Tension Leg Platform (TLP) turbine foundation to deliver a lightweight and stable solution for floating wind. Strathclyde University conducted scale model tests to prove the dynamic nature and seakeeping abilities of the TLP WIND platform, utilising state-of-the-art facilities to simulate the conditions likely to be experienced off the north east coast of Scotland. Replicating conditions of up to 16m waves and 49m/s wind gusts on a 1:36 scale model, it was able to show that the concept would work in real-world conditions.
Scottish Energy News 28th June 2016 read more »