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The Generalitat approves the creation of an experimental offshore wind farm


SPAIN. The experimental offshore wind farm Zèfir will be built off the Catalan cost. This is what has been decided by the Generalitat, the autonomous government of Catalunya, which just approved the set up of this infrastructure off the park of L'Ametlla de Mar, South of Tarragona. The reason for this choice is the proximity of Tarragona, second largest Catalonian port, to the Delta of the Ebre.

Works will start in the next few weeks in order to build; three kilometers off L'Ametlla de Mar, the four wind turbines which will be inaugurated in 2013. These four 195-meters tall wind turbines will generate a maximum of 20 MW each.

Zèfir is a project conducted by the Institute of Energy Research of Catalunya (IREC), aiming to create a « station test » in the wind power sector, grouping together several international research teams. In a second phase, eight more wind turbines with a capacity of 50 MW, will be installed thirty kilometers off the coast. The IREC can currently count on a 29 million Euros budget to complete the first phase.

The main objectives are to study the potential decrease in the cost of building offshore wind farms and to launch, starting with L'Ametlla de Mar, new efficient technologies for the development of deep-water energetic devices.

The ai mis also to provide an innovation centre which will "create business opportunities for the enterprises involved with the project ", as explained by the IREC. This could result in Catalunya being in the forefront in the field of wind power technology.



SOURCE : Econostrum



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