Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

ELICAN

SELF-INSTALLING TELESCOPIC SUBSTRUCTURE FOR LOW-COST CRANELESS INSTALLATION OF COMPLETE OFFSHORE WIND TURBINES. DEEP OFFSHORE 5MW PROTOTYPE

The ELICAN project will design, build, certify and fully demonstrate in operative environment (off the coast of Las Palmas - the Canary Islands) a cost-effective substructure for offshore wind energy that can work in deep waters. The substructure consists of an integrated, self-installing, pre-cast concrete, telescopic tower and foundation allowing crane-free, offshore installation of the substructure and wind turbine. This will overcome dependence on heavy-lift vessels for installation. The main benefits to be provided by this ground-breaking technology are: • significant cost reduction (>35%) compared with current solutions; • direct scalability in terms of turbine size, water depth, infrastructure and installation means; • complete independence of heavy-lift vessels; • excellently suited for fast industrialised construction; • robust and durable concrete substructure for reduced OPEX costs and improved asset integrity; • suitable for most soil conditions, including rocky seabeds; • enhanced environmental friendliness regarding both impact on sea life and carbon footprint.

substructure for offshore wind energy that can work in deep waters
Project reference: 
691919
Topic: 
LCE-03-2015
Call for proposals: 
H2020-LCE-2015-2
Duration: 
01/01/2016 to 31/12/2018
Funding scheme: 
IA
Total cost: 
€17,107,301
EU contribution: 
€11,181,987
Coordinator: 
ESTEYCO SA