The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), a consortium involving British public, has approved an investment of £25 million (29 million euros) in a program focused on the development and installation of a floating wind turbine prototype , 5-7 MW of capacity in deep water. The consortium expects to launch the first prototype, real scale, in 2016.
TSI is also seeking partners to join the project and has called a Request for Proposals (RFP) to entities that want to get involved in the project. The deadline to confirm intention to bid is the next 6 January 2012, according to TSI. Then, the deadline for submission of the bid itself expire on 27 March. Among the potential candidates could be several Spanish companies such as Iberdrola, Acciona and Gamesa, as well as Alstom (French engineering of wind technology whose operations are performed from Barcelona). All of them are involved in both floating and their projects in the proposed marine park test promoted by the Institute of Energy Research (IREC) on the coast of Tarragona, called Zefir. Moreover, Iberdrola, Gamesa and Alstom have shown explicitly their intention to be among the leading British offshore wind sector.
The draft TSI look for a location near the coast in waters between sixty and one hundred meters of profanity, according to the British Institute. The prototype will operate as a demonstrator to verify their behavior and performance, “to prove he is capable of generating high levels of energy and time, which can be maintained without the need for specially designed ships,” he adds. Then, the facility would operate for eight years, subject to a continuous process of technological development. TSI The consortium consists of six industry groups, along with the British government. To date, has announced investments totaling £133 million in projects involving marine energy, distributed energy, energy efficiency in building and energy storage. The game includes an investment of 43 million pounds in offshore wind.