MooringSense has taken a step forward in developing the SmartSensor, an intelligent sensor for monitoring the movement of floating platforms, one of the enabling technologies on which the project consortium is working.
Specifically, MooringSense already has a prototype of this low-cost intelligent sensor, the development of which has been led by CTC in collaboration with the Ikerlan technology centre and Zunibal. The sensor is currently undergoing verification. The prototype has been put on the HarshLab floating laboratory in the port of Bilbao, awaiting installation in its final location in the open sea. The objective of the tests is to validate and verify the accuracy of the sensor measurements in a relevant environment.
MooringSense, a project funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, aims to reduce operating and maintenance costs by up to 10-15% and improve the energy yield of floating wind turbines used for offshore wind power generation by 2-3%.
To achieve these objectives, besides the SmartSensor, the consortium continues to work on developing other enabling technologies, such as a digital twin of the mooring system, structural health monitoring strategies, advanced wind turbine control algorithms and improved risk management strategies.