Saitec Engineering has been awarded €2.4m funding by the European Commission “Blue Economy Window”. The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) launched in November 2019 a call for proposals named `BlueInvest Grants: Investing in Blue Innovation´ with a total investment of €22m to develop and bring to market new products, services, and business models for small and medium enterprises that could ultimately improve market readiness of technologies and/or maritime services.
The funding for SATHScale project will allow to address the challenge of bringing to market SATH floating wind technology through scaling-up the prototype from the technology validation and demonstration in a relevant environment to Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) required for commercial products in the relevant markets. The aim is to bring the products to industrial readiness and maturity for market introduction, exploiting real experiences of the ongoing open-sea 2MW demonstrator that will be deployed at BiMEP (Biscay Marine Energy Platform) in Biscay (Spain).
Prefabrication is one of the main advantages of this technology. For that reason, SATHScale will focus on the development of an industrialised fabrication system for mass production, covering the manufacturing process, transportation, installation, commissioning, O&M and dismantling of the floating wind platform. The portability of the manufacturing will allow the use of local labour to ease the management of projects and to enhance the local supply chain.