Greek innovation in offshore wind power
Greek companies have enhanced the dynamic international wind energy field with valuable innovations, especially at sea. Among these innovations is Floatmast, a floating tension leg platform (TLP) mast for offshore wind measurement, which is a world first.
The groundbreaking invention was awarded by the European Commission and granted 2 million euros in funding.
In recent years, the number of wind turbines on offshore wind platforms has been increasing internationally. These platforms are an expensive investment, and to determine the ideal location for their placement, precise wind field measurements are needed.
These measurements are not easy to take at sea. Two basic methods have been used to date: The first involves the installation of a measurement tower, or met mast, which is attached to the bottom of the sea; this is a very reliable but also very expensive...