December 20, 2010

DIgSILENT Ibérica, partner in the Azimut Offshore Wind Energy 2020 Consortium

Eleven companies and 22 research centers specialized in technology for offshore wind power work together on the project "Azimut: Offshore Wind Energy 2020", pursuing a common objective: to generate the knowledge needed to design and develop a large offshore wind turbine, powered by 100% Spanish technology.

The following companies are participating in the project: Gamesa (coordinating the Consortium), Alstom Wind, Acciona Windpower, Iberdrola Renovables, Acciona Energía, Técnicas Reunidas, Ingeteam, Ingeciber, Imatia, Tecnitest Ingenieros and DIgSILENT Ibérica.

The Azimut project has been approved by the Centre for the Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, within the framework of the sixth call for R & D CENIT (National Strategic Consortia for Technical Research). This project will involve a total investment of 25 million euros over the next four years and will be co-financed by participating companies.

The initiative, whose completion is expected in 2013, aims to provide the technological basis for the development of a large offshore wind turbine planned for 2020. The preliminary objectives have been set to get a unit power of 15 MW, to overcome technical and economic barriers that currently limit the deployment of offshore wind energy and to bring the cost of offshore wind energy down to onshore-site costs. Among these barriers, it is important to mention the availability, the foundations, the electrical connection to the grid onshore and power transmission.

Concerning the technological areas of the project, Gamesa will lead the capture of offshore wind energy, Acciona Windpower will focus on the technologies for electric energy conversion, Alstom Wind in the marine structures and substructures, Acciona Energy in the construction, operation and maintenance of offshore sites and DIgSILENT Ibérica will participate in the task led by Iberdrola Renovables, focusing on the connection and the integration of offshore wind farms to the onshore transmission grid.

The involved companies, by participating in this Consortium, reinforce its commitment to R&D in offshore wind energy as a way to reach a leading technological position, contributing to the development of a reliable and competitive renewable energy generation system with the utmost respect for the environment.

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