19 Apr, 2019 @ 16:35
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Spain’s first two-headed floating wind turbine expected to become ‘lowest cost solution’ for renewable energy far from coastline

DUAL-WIELDING: The W2Power prototype is expected to generate more energy for lower cost

SPAIN’S first floating two-headed wind turbine has been built in Gran Canaria.

The prototype, dubbed W2Power, is hoped to become the ‘lowest cost solution’ for generating renewable energy in ‘deep water’.

The floating turbine, unveiled at the Astique Shipyard last week, will be dragged 2.5 kilometres out to sea in May where it will undergo tests.

It is a 1:6 scale model, generating just 200kW of power, which will pave the way for massive future turbines generating 10-12MW each.

“The W2Power solution offers greater power generation without the need to increase the use of steel in the construction of the platform, thus becoming the lowest cost floating solution for the generation of wind energy in deep waters,” s spokesperson for EnerOcean said.

If the prototype is successful, the Malaga-based company envisions a 300MW ‘marine wind farm’ generating renewable energy, far enough out at sea to not be an eyesore, by 2025.

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

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