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Front. Energy Res. | doi: 10.3389/fenrg.2019.00083

WIND ENERGY IN THE MEDITERRANEAN SPANISH ARC: THE APPLICATION OF GRAVITY BASED SOLUTIONS

  • 1TYPSA, Spain

Almost 90% of the world’s marine renewable energy is generated in Europe, however the contribution of the Mediterranean Sea in the energy mix is practically negligible. On this sense, the present article presents the advantages of implementing a Blue Energy Project (offshore wind farm) in the Mediterranean Spanish Arc using certain type of technology: Gravi®, a gravity based solution for the foundation of Wind Turbine Generators (WTGs). The analysis of the renewable energy potential and the boundary conditions of the case study analysed (Cadiz) vindicates that the viability from both the technical and economic point of view can be assured.

Keywords: offshore wind energy, Renewable & sustainable energy, Gravity based structures, blue energy, Foundations

Received: 31 Jul 2018; Accepted: 31 Jul 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Abanades. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Javier Abanades, TYPSA, Valencia, Spain, jabanades@typsa.es