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R&D in Renewables

During 2014 the efforts in R&D projects have continued, especially in solutions ´development in order to reduce costs in offshore wind energy, where IBERDROLA is a reference with projects like SEDAR, INNPACTO OPENFOAM y FP7 EERA DTOC. In the field of energy resource, a gravity foundation project LOW-IMPACT, the LEANWIND project of offshore technologies and the different ways of action of OWA (Offshore Wind Accelerator) backed by Carbon Trust (United Kingdom). In Scotland has begun a study of fatigue on offshore piles for calcareous soils, in such a way that optimizes designs and ensures its lasting stability. Also noteworthy is TLPWind project,whichitsobjective is to design a last generation floating wind turbine model and an innovative installation system associated to promote the installation of offshore wind in areas of the United Kingdom where is not viable due to the depth of waters.

It has been launched the European project BEST PATH, whose goal is the demonstration of new technologies which facilitate the integration of renewables in the European networks. SMARTWIND project investigates in models and simulations of storage technology associated with wind farms.

In the field of wind power resource area, has continued with the lines of evolutionary improvement of exploitation tools like CORE, DOMINA, METEOFLOW and the new extension to METEOFLOW OFFSHORE. As well as new tools which allow a better analysis on the components´ reliability such as the projects DARWIND, OLEO and MINEROIL.

West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm construction and inauguration
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