AXIS ENERGY PROJECTS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES TANK TESTING ITS TENSION LEG BUOY™ 28/04/2020
Aberdeen’s Axis Energy Projects has recently successfully completed tank testing of its TLB technology at University of Edinburgh’s FloWave facility.
The testing was part of a programme work that is being supported by the Department of Business, Energy & Industry Strategy (BEIS) via its Energy Entrepreneurs Fund to support the commercialisation of the Tension Leg Buoy™ technology.
The University of Edinburgh final report on the tank trial states “Observationally, and based upon motion capture data, the system showed a high degree of stability under a majority of test conditions.”
The Tension Leg Buoy™ technology offers a robust mooring system that provides controlled stability, roll and pitch. It comprises a subsurface buoy that supports the wind turbine. The buoy is fixed to a modular gravity base anchor / foundation on the seabed by tensioned tethers.
The TLB technology is gaining considerable support from the Offshore Renewable Industry and Axis will now be commencing a pre-FEED study in the next few weeks with a view to building a prototype full scale demonstrator which is scheduled to be installed in the UKCS in late 2021 / early 2022.
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