An offshore renewable energy test facility in Cornwall, UK, has applied for consent to install and operate a floating wind platform demonstrator designed by US-based company Glosten Associates. Wave Hub has already submitted an application for both a Section 36 electricity consent and a Marine Licence to the UK Marine Management Organisation following the facility’s selection by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) as the preferred location to test the PelaStar tension leg platform (TLP) prototype.
Glosten is developing the PelaStar in partnership with Alstom, using the Haliade 150-6MW offshore wind turbine and the aim of the ETI project is to accelerate the commercial application of floating foundations for wind turbines in order to open up new deep water areas for deployment of wind farms. This in turn could substantially reduce the cost of offshore wind technology.
Wave Hub will operate the demonstrator in one of its four berths over a ten year period and could host the project as early as 2015.