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Overview

Pivotbuoy is a €4M awarded project by European Commission H2020 Program. Its main objective is to reduce the current the Levelized Cost Of Energy (LCOE) of floating wind by 50% through the validation of the “PivotBuoy”, an innovative system that aims to reduce the costs of mooring systems and floating platforms, allows faster and cheaper installation and a more reliable and sustainable operation.

The PivotBuoy concept, developed by X1 WIND, has been model tested in the lab, first at 1:64 scale and then at 1:50 scale at ECN Hydrodynamic and Ocean Engineering Tank under the Marinet2 project grant. The project proposes validating the concept at PLOCAN’s test site in Grand canary waters, integrating a part-scale prototype of the PivotBuoy single point mooring system in a downwind turbine floating platform arrangement. By testing in a real life environment, the project will also validate critical innovations related to assembly, installation and O&M techniques.

The impact of the proposed innovations may become sector wide: the system can be integrated not only in floating wind platforms using single point moorings systems but also in other sectors such as wave energy and tidal industries. The project consortium, combining experienced industrial partners from the oil&gas, naval and offshore wind sectors with cutting-edge R&D centres, will also bring additional innovations in components, materials and installation and O&M techniques, advancing the state-of-the-art of the floating wind sector.

List of Work Packages

WP 1 – Project Management

WP 2 – PivotBuoy Subsystems Design

WP 3 – Subsystems Manufacturing, Assembly and Acceptance Testing

WP 4 – Installation, Testing & Monitoring in Relevant Environment

WP 5 – Numerical Modelling & Performance Assessment

WP 6 – Risk Assessment including Reliability, Environment, Health & Safety

WP 7 – LCOE Assessment, Socio-Economic Impact & Exploitation Plan

WP 8 – Communication & Dissemination of Results

WP 9 – Ethics requirements

TECHNOLOGY

The project will develop and validate the PivotBuoy®, a novel system developed by X1 WIND.

PROJECT PARTNERS

Check out the partners of the PIVOTBUOY project.

DOCUMENTATION

Here you can download PIVOTBUOY public deliverables and other documents related to the project.

NEWS AND EVENTS

3rd Clustering Meeting on H2020 Wind Energy Projects

PivotBuoy project attended the 3rd Clustering Meeting on H2020 Wind Energy Project coordinated and hosted by INEA. The meeting took place on the 10th of September of 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. The…

PivotBuoy project Preliminary Design Review milestone completed

The PivotBuoy project preliminary design review (PDR) meeting was held at X1 Wind offices in Barcelona on the 17th and 18th of July, 2019. The meeting brought together 16 experts…

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