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Gallery: Iberdrola's floating platform design

UK: Iberdrola has released images of a floating offshore turbine platform it is developing in conjunction with the University of Strathclyde in Scotland.

  • It consists of a column with four pontoons extending from its base.

    It consists of a column with four pontoons extending from its base.

  • Additional floats would be added for transport

    Additional floats would be added for transport

  • The extra floats would increase buoyancy for transport

    The extra floats would increase buoyancy for transport

  • The turbine could be assembled in a dry dock

    The turbine could be assembled in a dry dock

  • It could then be towed to the project site

    It could then be towed to the project site

  • The extra floats would be removed once it is in place

    The extra floats would be removed once it is in place

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The company is already testing a scale model of the floating platform and has released images of its design for the full-size platform, including its novel transportation method.

Through its UK subsidiary, Iberdrola Engineering and Construction, the Spanish power company is developing the tension-leg platform specifically for the UK market.

The EUR 1 million TLPWind project will result in a platform model that will be installed in UK waters at depths of between 60 and 100 metres.

The concept consists of a central cylindrical column with four pontoons symmetrically extending from its base. Each of the outer ends of the four pontoons incorporates elements that allow the connection of two tendons per pontoon.

These tensioned tendons will be used to moor the platform to the seabed.

The dimensions and weight of the steel used will be restricted to bring down construction costs, the company said.

Iberdrola is ultimately aiming to install a turbine in the 5MW range on the platform.

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