07 Oct Cinco Días publishes an article about Beridi
Cinco Días, the oldest in the Spanish economic press, publishes an article about Beridi that causes a significant impact in the sector.
The article, published in Spanish, is translated next.
“THE SPANISH COMPANY BERIDI PLANS TO REVOLUTIONIZE THE OFFSHORE WIND ENERGY SECTOR WITH CONCRETE PLATFORMS
Beridi patents a project, with EU funding, to save up to 50% on construction costs
The generation of renewable energy by floating offshore wind is experiencing a boom worldwide, supported by continuous technological advances. Until now, offshore wind has been based mainly on Fixed bottom foundations, so only suitable for shallow waters. The development of floating platforms at competitive costs (the installation of floating turbines is currently very expensive and time-consuming) would extend the playing field into deep waters, that can take advantage of winds with greater intensity and duration.
Reducing costs of floating wind deployment is a race (still in the pre-commercial phase) in which both global large energy groups and specialized engineering companies with disruptive capacity are immersed. This is the case of the Spanish company Beridi Maritime, a specialist in the construction of platforms for ports.
The firm from Madrid, with more than 20 years of experience in maritime engineering (Berenguer group), has patented and developed a floating platform for deep waters, based on concrete that allows the installation of the largest wind turbines (larger than 15 MW) in a safe way and with savingsof up to 50% in the costs of the platformwith respect to other competing technologies (according to the company). This would imply a reduction of more than 15% in the overall costs of construction and installation of a floating wind farm.
Archime3, which is the name of the project with the new patented technology, is based on concrete that has substantial advantages in terms of costs, strength and durability, compared to the steel used by most of the players in the floating wind power market.
In addition, thanks to its unique design, the construction is compatible with concrete caisson technology, which allows the manufacture of a platform of several thousands of tons, in a few weeks, says the company.
«We would be talking about being able to build a floating wind farm of several hundred megawatts in a matter of a few months, instead of years, with the implications that this has in achieving the objectives set by Europe», Javier Berenguer (CEO), counselor, highlights to CincoDías.
“We do not require special port infrastructures, or ports with a special draft. Our platform can be built in most ports anywhere in the world. Estimates are 240 million euros in savings in a medium-sized wind farm”, he adds.
Beridi’s Archime3 project has already received 2.65 million euros of public funding (European and national grants). Of the total, 2.4 million correspond to the European Commission within the framework of the H2020 Research Innovation Program. It also has the support of the CDTI (Neotec initiative). Beridi is now preparing the first full-scale prototype, 1.5 MW, to be developed soon in the waters of Gran Canaria.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Ecological Transition has just made a public declaration defining the route time of the deployment of offshore wind in Spain, one aspect, the regulatory one, basic for the development of these new technologies. Spain plans to reach up to 3GW of power in offshore wind, until 2030. The race has only just begun.
A MARKET OF 22,000 MILLION
Floating platforms will represent a market opportunity of € 22 billion until 2035, when 27 GW of floating wind is expected to have been installed. The regions with the greatest potential are Europe, the USA and Japan. “We aspire to capture 20% of the market; it means potential income of more than 300 million euros for Beridi ”, points out Javier Berenguer.
Floating technology is already present on the coasts of Scotland, Norway, France, Portugal or Japan, but developments barely reach 70 MW. In Spain, the experimental platform of EnerOcean in the Canary Islands and that of Saitec (BlueSath) in Cantabria have been tested. RWE and Saitec in the Basque Country are pending. Beridi’s has the advantage of being applied to large wind turbines. Iberdrola has its Flagship project in Norway.
Spain is a powerhouse in the incipient floating solutions for offshore wind farms. Of the 27 identified worldwide, seven are Spanish, highlights the Ministry of Ecological Transition. It is also the European country with the most R&D facilities for floating wind power and other marine energies, such as the Canary Islands Ocean Platform (Plocan), the Vizcaya Marine Energy Platform (Bimep) or the experimental zone for the use of marine energy from Punta Langosteira, in A Coruña.