Fantastic floating foundation: Siemens Gamesa sails with TetraSpar
Brande / 07 July 2021
In collaboration with Stiesdal Offshore Technologies and other industry partners, Siemens Gamesa participates in the new TetraSpar Demonstration Project, the world’s first full-scale demonstration of an industrialized floating offshore wind power foundation. The floating foundation, coupled with a Siemens Gamesa wind turbine, is now being towed to the test site in the Norwegian North Sea.
The project, which is being led by Stiesdal Offshore Technologies in collaboration with other industry partners alongside Siemens Gamesa, wants to drive down the costs of floating offshore wind power through lean production and port-based assembly and installation. After some very important milestones, the TetraSpar foundation, coupled with our turbine, is being towed to the Norwegian North Sea. It will be located at the Marine Energy Test Centre (Metcentre) near Stavanger in Norway, approximately 10 km from shore at a water depth of 200 m.
“Aside from our stake in propelling the industry development, our interest in joining projects such as this is to gather as much knowledge as possible,” says Jesper Moeller, Head of Offshore Balance of Plant Innovations at Siemens Gamesa. “This will enable us to offer products and solutions for new markets such as the U.S. and Asia, where the potential for bottom-fixed offshore wind is lower than in the well-known central European markets, and floating is needed to achieve the necessary installed capacity.”
“So far, we are very pleased that the demonstration project has proved what we set out to prove: that it is possible to safely manufacture, transport, and assemble a floating foundation using a scalable industrialized approach. The benefits for us and the project shareholders of having Siemens Gamesa onboard as a vital partner are self-evident. Siemens Gamesa’s unparalleled experience and competence in offshore wind will be a key component both in the project’s next stages and in our combined efforts to commercialize this technology,” says Henrik Stiesdal.
This project will enable us to offer products and solutions for new markets such as the U.S. and Asia, where the potential for bottom-fixed offshore wind is lower than in the well-known central European markets, and floating is needed to achieve the necessary installed capacity