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PivotBuoy Project Detailed Design Unveiled


For immediate release
12 March 2020

The PivotBuoy project Detailed Resign review (DDR) meeting was held at X1 Wind offices in Barcelona on the 4th and 5th of March 2020, and the design of the PivotBuoy system has been completed and is now ready for manufacturing.

The PivotBuoy Project aims to validate the benefits of the “PivotBuoy” system, An Advanced System for Cost-effective and Reliable Mooring, Connection, Installation & Operation of Floating Wind. This will be done by testing a part-scale platform with a Vestas V29 turbine adapted in a downwind configuration and grid connected to PLOCAN test site in the Canary Islands.

PivotBuoy design to be tested at PLOCAN using a Vestas V29 turbine

The meeting brought together experts from the consortium partners to review the detailed design of the PivotBuoy system. This meeting represented a critical stage gate to formally approve the detailed design and advance to the manufacturing phase. The design phase has been completed after 10 months of intense design work, which benefited from a strong interaction of the consortium partners and brings together different project work packages: WP2 (design) WP3 (manufacturing), WP4 (assembly, installation & testing), WP5 (simulation) and WP6 (reliability).

The project has now entered the manufacturing phase prior to assembly and installation which is planned for Autumn 2020.

Photo of the project partners during the DDR meeting
The Consortium is formed by nine partners from five different countries: X1Wind, ESM, WavEC, PLOCAN, INTECSEA, EDP, DTU, DNV GL and DEGIMA. The project officially started in April 2019 and will last for 36 months.

For further information about the project you can visit the project’s website: or follow us on Twitter (@pivotbuoy) or LinkedIn.
Project Coordinator:
Alex Raventos, X1Wind
Project Communications Officer:
Janete Gonçalves, WavEC Offshore Renewables
PivotBuoy website:
This Press release only reflects the authors’ view. The programme authorities are not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.
52691-eu_flag.jpgThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nr 815159
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