We apply our experience as windpower developers to achieve new technological solutionss
Windpower has experienced rapid technological development in recent years. ACCIONA Energy has several research projects within the windpower sector, from the design of increasingly more efficient wind turbines to the installation of deepwater windparks.
Let's look in greater detail at the most relevant projects that ACCIONA Energy has been promoting in the field of windpower.
The INOFFMET project sets out to develop - for the first time - a floating platform for the installation of a meteorological station that will combine a traditional measuring system through a lattice tower with anemometers and a LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) system, and also to study performance in real operating conditions. The end of the process would be the validation of a floating wind turbine.
The aim of the HiPRwind (pronounced "hyperwind") project is to investigate, develop and validate new solutions for very large wind turbines for future offshore developments. HiPRwind.
Ocean Lider Project
The CENIT-E Ocean Líder Project set outs to obtain knowledge to develop high-technology systems to identify and characterize offshore areas and sites whose renewable energy potential allows the application and implementation of new technologies for their exploitation.
The overall objective of the SUPERTURBINES project is the study of a new multi-megawatt wind turbine using superconductor technology, with the aim of increasing the power generated per turbine in future wind parks (both on land and offshore).
The overall objective of the WETSITE project is to develop methodologies, tools and guidelines for the exploitation of offshore wind power in deep waters, in line with the resources available in Spanish territorial waters. These will also be applied to demanding operating environments in which existing technologies cannot provide a response to the challenges posed by offshore power generation.
The Advocat (Advanced Composite Repair Tooling for Wind Turbine Blade Mainteinance) Project, is aimed at developing new technical systems in order to improve both the preparation of the wind turbine blade surface and the composite repairs, complying with wind turbine specifications and requirements, and therefore reduce the time needed for blade reparation.
The general objective of the AZIMUT project is to generate knowledge to develop a high-capacity wind turbine (15 MW) and overcome the challenges that currently limit the deployment of offshore wind power, i.e. efficiency, availability, the cost of energy and the investment required. This initiative will enable the Spanish wind power sector to take up a world leadership position in offshore installations.
3D Navigation Project
The main aim of the Navegación 3D project is to analyze the impact of wind turbines in movement on the propagation of electromagnetic waves and the provision of the main radio communication systems in existence at present (TV, radio, radio links, mobile telephony, radar systems, air and sea navigation systems, etc.), with a view to ensuring the harmonious coexistence of these systems with the growing deployment of wind parks.
Float Solutions Project
Float Solutions Project is aimed at researching, developing and validating innovative solutions for very high-capacity wind turbines for future offshore projects.
Aims to develop technologies for installing deepwater windparks at depths of over 40 meters.
The project is part of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation's CENIT programme and it brings together Spanish companies and technological centers led by ACCIONA.
AW-3000 Wind Turbine
The AW-3000 wind turbine is the latest achievement of ACCIONA Windpower's engineering team. It is a 3 MW wind turbine that has the greatest swept surface on the market and incorporates major innovative developments that make it a highly reliable and robust machine.
Composite Material R&D Project (windpower blades)
Aims to develop the industrial process for manufacturing 37.5m windpower blades to adapt to the technological, economic, organizational and work-related issues.
The project lays down the technological base for the development of deepwater platforms capable of integrating (in a single infrastructure) different energy uses such as wind, wave or sea currents. It falls under the 7th Framework Program of the EU and is made sup of 17 companies and organization from 12 EU countries, coordinated by ACCIONA Energy.
The overall objective of in the EMERGE Project is the development of the technology required to extend and lead the construction of deepwater offshore wind farms.