ECOFOSS

Subestación eléctrica flotante de alta tensión y componentes para aerogeneradores, con el objetivo de impulsar la generación de energía eólica off-shore de manera eficiente y respetuosa con el medio ambiente.

Duration
May 2023 - June 2025

Funded by
Strategic Project for Economic Recovery and Transformation for the modernization and diversification of the Spanish naval ecosystem: PERTE NAVAL, within the framework of the "Boosting Competitiveness and Industrial Sustainability Program" of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.

Introduction

The ECOFOSS project, stemming from the public aid granted to integration and transformation actions of the industrial value chain of the naval sector, within the Strategic Project for Economic Recovery and Transformation for the modernization and diversification of the Spanish naval ecosystem (PERTE NAVAL), within the framework of the “Boosting Competitiveness and Industrial Sustainability Program” of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, emerges as an innovative response to current challenges in the field of marine renewable energy. In collaboration with various partners, Ocean Ecostructures participates in this initiative aimed at obtaining new technological scientific knowledge through the design of a zero-emission high-voltage floating offshore substation and its connection to power dynamic cables capable of transmitting large power generation capacities, which allows for the development of new processes, the materialization of prototypes, and subsequent validations on a laboratory scale. The goal is to achieve disruptive knowledge around the harnessing of marine renewable energy by modeling a new offshore direct current substation intended solely for electrical transmission for the utilization of marine renewable energies, and new components for wind turbine installation to promote the diversification of the Spanish naval ecosystem.

Project Description

ECOFOSS, led by NAVANTIA and SENER, aims to carry out a series of investigations for the design of a zero-emission high-voltage floating offshore substation and its connection to power dynamic cables capable of transmitting large power generation capacities (between 400 and 500 MW) at voltage levels of 220 kV, as well as the study of the technical, economic, and environmental feasibility of its development in an industrial research environment.

In addition to its impact on clean energy generation, ECOFOSS also addresses aspects related to marine regeneration and biodiversity. New design techniques will be explored to facilitate the colonization of marine organisms around the substation, thus contributing to the creation of marine habitats and the protection of the natural environment.

In summary, the ECOFOSS project represents a significant advancement in the search for innovative and sustainable solutions for the harnessing ofmarine wind energy. Through a combination of advanced technology and environmental conservation principles, this project aims to promote a cleaner and more resilient energy future in the marine environment.

Participants

*Funded by the European Union. The views and opinions expressed belong solely to the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Climate, Infrastructure, and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA). Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.