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Starfloat™ scale tests completed at Cantabria facility



Oceanflow Energy, together with research partner the University of the Algarve, have completed two weeks of testing of a 1:36th scale version of its 6MW Starfloat™ at the Cantabria Coastal and Ocean Basin (CCOB) in Santander, Spain through the support of the MaRINET2 programme. The quarter tonne model was fitted with an active turbine and subjected to combined wind and wave environment conditions representative of the northern North Sea and Atlantic margins.

Graeme Mackie, Managing Director of Oceanflow Energy said,

“CCOB’s superb facility allowed the testing of a physically large scale model to give us confidence in the capture data for validate Oceanflow’s integrated numerical model. We now have the confidence to predict Starfloat™ performance for any wind farm deployment area. Oceanflow was very pleased with the results of the tests which confirmed the favourable characteristics of Starfloat™ for supporting very large rated output horizontal axis wind turbines.”

This MaRINET2 project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 731084.