More about the ATOMS Project → Fully independent from large marine cranes and heavy-lift jack-vessels leading to a reduction of costs and environmental impact. Up to 25% cost reduction in overall maintenance costs meaning a 5-7% reduction in the overall LCoE. More about the ATOMS Project → More about the ATOMS Project → Feasible solution for both bottom-fixed and floating wind turbines and quick response time to reduce the unproductive time of turbines requiring service. Significant reduction of CO2 emissions and of impact on local flora and fauna by preventing the use of large marine cranes and heavy-lift jack-vessels. More about the ATOMS Project →

ATOMS is a 2-year project supported by the European Commission’s EMFF Funding Opportunities in September 2020. It is aimed at designing, building, certifying and fully demonstrating in operative environment a pioneer technology for turbines’ Large Corrective Maintenance actions which will -for the first time- scape the monopoly of jack-up vessels and will drastically reduce the maintenance cost of bottom-fixed wind turbines. It will be built and demonstrated in PLOCAN test site (Canary Islands).

ATOMS shall demonstrate and provide a simple and yet breakthrough solution to one of the key unsolved technological challenges for the future of the offshore wind sector: how to perform on-site Large Corrective Maintenance operations in floating wind turbines. Not only will our solution slash to nearly 1/5 the costs currently dedicated to jack-up services for the maintenance of bottom-fixed turbines, resulting in a 35% reduction in current OPEX but it will also fill the technological gap existing in floating offshore market when dealing with LCM actions.

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3.5M
budget (€)
2
Year Project support by the EC EMFF
-50%
reduction of
environmental
impact

Impact

The specific impacts, expected to be generated can be grouped into the following topics:



Independence of scarce
and costly jack-up vessels:
costs of jack-up vessel can, as a reference & mov-demov actions are circa 4M€ per each LCM intervention. The ATOMS will for the first time break the monopoly of such means and reduce the comparable cost to 1/5.


Rely only on conventional and ready-available tugboats and land cranes:similar crane than those used in onshore installations. Reduction of costs and environmental impact.


Quick response time to reduce the unproductive time of turbines requiring service:ATOMS system can be specifically built and assigned to serve a given wind farm, thus remaining fully available in stand-by for whenever an intervention may be required.


Applicability to floating wind turbines:There are currently no available technologies to service a floating wind turbine in a Large Corrective operation on the site. ATOMS will put an end to this technological limitation being suitable for current: SPARs and SEMISUBs.


Perfectly suited for deeper water wind farms:ATOMS technology is suitable for deep waters contributing to current tendency towards deeper locations of offshore wind farms.


Directly applicable for new emerging markets:availability of jack-up vessels is lower or simply inexistent in new emerging OWE markets. Therefore, ATOMS provides a solution to this problem.


Improve circular economy by reducing the impact of the construction phase:despite its technically sophisticated and powerful problem-solving capacity the ATOMS is yet a very simple in its applicability. No special means are required in the construction phase.


Minimize impact of CO2 emissions and on local flora and fauna by preventing the use of large marine cranes and heavy-lift jack-vessel:Minimize impact of CO2 emissions and on local flora and fauna by preventing the use of large marine cranes and heavy-lift jack-vessel: ATOMS is a floating structure which do not need to be supported on the seabed it is transported to its final position by conventional tugboats whose CO2 emissions are lower.


GENDER EQUALITY

The construction sector is the EU’s largest industrial employer with 15 million workers. However, it must be acknowledged that only a very small percentage of these employees are women and young people. 1.5 million construction workers in the European Union are female and 92% of all the sector’s workers are over 25 years old. Young women account for only 1% of those working in the sector.

Construction companies, as main actors in this field, must accept our own responsibility and implement all necessary measures to reverse this situation.

The ELICAN consortium is profoundly committed to gender equality. In order to achieve this purpose, different actions are being implemented by all partners.

At an individual level

  • Guaranteeing equal opportunities to men and women in terms of employment, promotion, salary, training, development and working conditions.
  • Promoting gender balance in decision-making positions including supervisory and managerial levels.
  • Avoiding gender discrimination resulting from maternity and paternity leave, marital status and working conditions.
  • Preventing sexual molestation by implementing a proper code of conduct and an action protocol to protect male and female employees.

At a consortium level

  • Assuring gender equality at all levels assigned to the project including supervisory and managerial levels.
  • Including our commitment to gender equality in our website

Esteyco is developing its ATOMS Project in Gran Canaria thanks to the European Commission’s EMFF (European Maritime and Fisheries Funding) Program

Esteyco, in its commitment to reducing offshore wind energy costs to make it affordable to society, is developing the engineering works for its new project called ATOMS (Auxiliary Towable Operation and Maintenance System for offshore wind towers) since 1st September 2020. This pioneering solution deals with the design, certification, construction and prototype of a real-scale system to perform the so-called Large Corrective Maintenance actions for offshore turbines without depending on scarce and costly jack-ups or vessels thus reducing O&M costs in offshore platforms. Currently, OPEX accounts for approximately 30% of the cost of offshore wind energy and is thus a critical factor in the path to further reducing the cost of this strategic energy source. Nearly half of this OPEX is dedicated to paying for the large jack-up vessels that are, as of today, the only option to perform any so called Large Corrective Maintenance (LCM) interventions, dealing with the replacement and handling of major components of offshore wind turbines. Therefore, in an attempt to provide a solution to this situation, the ATOMS technology arises to demonstrate and provide a simple and yet breakthrough solution to one of the key unsolved technological challenges for the future of the offshore wind sector: how to perform on-site Large Corrective Maintenance operations in floating wind turbines. To this end, Esteyco has been funded by the European Commission through its European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) program and its Blue Economy call for a total of €3,545,109.02.