Spanish floating wind technology developer X1 Wind has reported successful results from the PivotBuoy demonstration project, which tested the company’s X30 platform at the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) from October 2022 to May 2023.
According to an announcement on Tuesday, the project yielded positive results across a range of parametres like platform stability, passive alignment, structural behaviour and power production.
X1 Wind chief executive Alex Raventos said the PivotBuoy project marked an important phase in the development of the company’s technology. “These findings have provided crucial insights which are now being incorporated into X1 Wind’s ongoing commercial-scale projects, including the NextFloat Project,” he added.
The company emphasised that the results showed very good alignment with the wind using the platform’s passive orientation system. With respect to power production, the modified Vestas V29, operating in a downwind configuration, generated energy in line with theoretical models, with no indication of power loss due to the tripod shadow.
The decommissioning process also demonstrated the ease of disconnection of the single point mooring system, X1 Wind also said.
The PivotBuoy project was delivered by a consortium of nine partners.