The Catalan project to build the Spanish first offshore wind farm will be located on the coast of Tarragona, the purpose of testing and research, continues in his footsteps. The most recent action was the signing on December 29, an agreement between the main project sponsor, the Institute for Energy Research in Catalunya (IREC) and consulting services company Normawind wind.

Normawind is committed to this agreement to carry out studies of wind measurement and modeling of computational models in the platform. Specifically, the company specializes in the design of wind turbines, will be responsible for making a prediction of wind resource and a calculation of turbulence on the ground in Phase 1 of the project. With this agreement, are several and the agreements signed with IREC. Recently, the Institute signed another with Vortex, a Catalan company also involved in wind modeling services. The energy company Gas Natural, just sweep the competition wind Catalan (was awarded 456 of the 769 MW at stake), also works with work related to the wind resource.

Last July, IREC signed a collaboration agreement with a number of large companies, including Iberdrola, Spain Enel Green Power, Alstom, Acciona, FCC, EDP Renewables, Natural Gas Fenosa, Gamesa, Siemens and Comsa Emte for the development and installation of the plant. Zefir Test Station (“test site”) mixed offshore wind turbines anchored to the seabed with other floating as Renewable Energy report in its edition of April 2010 . IREC defines its Zefir testing station as “an international research facility designed to test deep-water offshore wind turbines.”

The project will be developed in two phases. In the first, it will install up to four wind turbines anchored to the seabed, about 3.5 kilometers from the coast, with a total capacity not exceeding 20 MW. IREC expects this phase to be operational in 2012. Then in the second phase, up to eight wind turbines will be placed floating about 30 miles offshore. The maximum power of the combination does not exceed 50 MW. The entry into service of the second phase scheduled for 2014.

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