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Ceit participates in project Integria to extend the lifetime of floating offshore wind turbines

23 | 02 | 2024

Ceit continues to drive innovation in floating offshore wind with the project Integria, which will develop a digital model for the management of the structural integrity of floating wind turbines by combining sensor technology for in-service monitoring and physical models applied to critical components.

The three-year project will build Operation and Maintenance (O&M) decision making algorithms to significantly extend the lifetime of floating wind farms.

The technology center Ceit has already started working on project Integria, a three-year initiative of research , aimed at developing a unique digital model for the management of the structural integrity of critical components of floating wind turbines through the application of sensor technology for in-service monitoring combined with physical models. Under the complete degree scroll "research of structural INTEGRITY in floating wind turbines using Artificial Intelligence based models", this project aims to revolutionize the way in which the operation and maintenance (O&M) of floating offshore wind farms is approached.

Floating technology experienced a significant breakthrough in 2022 with the commercial launch and site allocations for development of farms worldwide, with plans to install up to 30 GW in the next decade. At the national level, Spain has as goal the installation of 3 GW of floating wind farms by 2030, providing a strategic opportunity for the supply chain in Euskadi, already consolidated in the field of floating wind prototypes.

A comprehensive approach

Although there are several models and tools for offshore O&M currently available, they have limitations, such as the lack of real information on fees failure or the lack of a comprehensive view covering all aspects related to the different critical components and O&M activities of a wind farm.

Integria is looking for each component of the floating offshore wind farm to provide accurate data , integrating these into digital models. These models will allow the generation of detection and prevention algorithms, addressing problems such as failures, fatigue or degradation. The final goal is to build Operation and Maintenance (O&M) decision making algorithms that will significantly extend the lifetime of floating wind farms.

The project Integria faces unique challenges, as it goes beyond demonstrating the correct operation of technologies in individual prototypes. It must guarantee operation over the entire lifetime of a park, and demonstrate both the technical feasibility and economic viability of the prototype. To overcome these challenges, Integria relies on real-time monitoring and anticipation of results thanks to the combination of different types of models.

The project, financed by the HAZITEK Program of the Basque Government, is led by Nautilus Floating Solutions, and, together with Ceit, twelve companies and two other technology centers are participating: Alerion, CIDETEC, CoreMarine, Ditrel Industrial, ERREKA, GLUAL Energy, HINE Group, Ibermática, Innomat, Kera-Coat, LAULAGUN Bearings, NAVACEL and TECNALIA.