The Energy Technologies Institute has announced the commissioning and its funding for Glosten’s PelaStar offshore scheme.
This project incorporates Glosten’s PelaStar tension leg platform (TLP) floating foundation system at the deep water Wave Hub demonstrator facility in Cornwall, UK.
The ETI demonstration project will feature pioneering PelaStar floating foundation technologies such as the new five-arm design that enhances system reliability; synthetic fiber tendons developed primarily for optimal performance while also minimising material and installation cost; and the integration of large, next-generation offshore wind turbines to make the best use of wind resource capture.
RES Offshore will provide a variety of services to Glosten, including construction advice, strategy development, engineering design reviews and turbine procurement management services.
RES is currently collaborating with its project partner Alstom who is supplying their 6MW Haliade wind turbine. The goal is to complete the installation works of a 6MW demonstration unit by 2015.
Chris Morgan, RES Offshore CEO says: “RES have always been at the forefront of technology development and deployment and we are pleased to have the opportunity to contribute towards this exciting and innovative project. Cost effective deployment of floating turbines will significantly increase the potential for renewable energy generation from deepwater sites and we look forward to supporting The Glosten Associates on this project.”
William L. Hurley, Glosten’s Chairman and Project Manager for the ETI Demonstration Project says: “We are very pleased to have RES Offshore involved in this exciting and potentially industry-changing project. RES offers unique experience and expertise in offshore wind that will enhance the execution of the project.”