Renewable energies, a floating wind farm to get Calabria off the ground

catanzaro Generate clean energy by making the most of wind energy. With the latest technology included in the Navy, that is, the system of placing wind turbines in the open sea and at great distances. Without providing for the construction of fixed anchors. These are the properties of a floating offshore wind farm, designed by Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy, to be built off the coast between Catanzaro Lido and Isola Capo Rizzuto. A pioneering project that would see Calabria as one of the leading regions in the Mediterranean in building this model of energy systems.

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When fully operational and once built, the plant will have the expected production capacity 675 MWto Expected annual production 2.4 TWhThat is equivalent to the consumption of more than 600,000 families. But the project’s most significant novelty – named “Minervia” (a word chosen in homage, the creators explain, to the ancient history and geography of the provinces and municipalities overlooking the offshore wind farm) – remains the typical scheme: the structure will be completely floating. The 45 turbines that will be placed in the bay of squillas will be established At a distance of between 13 and 29 kilometers off the coast without any mooring at the bottom of the sea.
The “allowed” option is explained Angela Ariate, Falck Offshore Wind Business Director that Corriere spoke to – to engage the entire territory.” The path taken by the creators is in fact to “interact with institutional, economic and social actors but also with the population” to make people understand “the merits of this solution”. There are many repercussions in this direction for the region, both in the construction phase and in the commissioning of the “Minervia” wind farm. “The location of the coast at great distances – explains Ariati – allows the interception of strong winds with a greater and more predictable force while at the same time reducing the impact of the landscape in the area.” According to Falk’s manager, seeing the plant from the shoreline would actually be “imperceptible”. The planned investment will be around $2 billion It will be completely private. Given that the technical estimates for the sector calculate 3 million euros per megawatt.

“Very little impact on the landscape and benefits to the environment”

The area between Capo Rizzuto and Catanzaro Lido where the floating wind farm will be built

In addition to the low impact on the landscape, which makes it possible not to affect the tourism professions of the region – we remind you that the Ionian coast of Calabria still represents a great potential for the development of the sector – the project, as indicated to Corriere della Calabria, “will pay special attention to the ecosystem”. “Not constructing fixed towers at the depths allows the submerged path to be left clear with the advantage of ensuring marine life under the floating platforms.” “The designated area is also – as Arrietty said – not included in the protected areas, but in fact it will become a natural area with positive effects on the resettlement of the local marine flora and fauna.”
For the environment, there are implications in terms of sustainable environmental impact. Garden execution will be reduced by “1 million tons of carbon dioxide annually“.

Economic advantages in the region

As it has been clarified, there will be positive impacts on the local economy. Both in terms of employment and production development caused by the birth of the wind farm. “The solution to establish the floating station in the region – explained Ariati – will allow the assembly of components in Calabria using local labor, which will also be used in the periodic maintenance phase of the station.” Designer estimates predict 2500 permanent jobs directly during the construction of the park. During operation, they will need 100 employees for maintenance activities of which “80% of local resources”. “It will be important – Ariate answered a specific question from Corriere – that the region can seize this opportunity by promoting specific training. The techniques adopted are certainly new, but the skills can be acquired thanks to the local training system.” In this sense, the company, founded in partnership between Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy, “has already started dialogues with universities in Calabria” but also with “trade unions”. The path of engagement remains “a priority in the adopted strategy of the Minervia Project”. “Interacting with local renewable energy communities – he told Corriere, in this regard, Jiangyakumo Altobelli, responsible for relations with the Falk Territory – is essential. We hope to establish a functional relationship with them for local growth.” Altobelli also spoke of “the possibility of directly sharing local realities in business.” He said, “We will support the creation of local cooperatives to contribute effectively to the planned investments. It will guarantee them a fixed share of the investments entered into the project and a participation rate in the project’s profits.” A kind of creativity “jointly owned by the local communities. In order to generate a diffuse minority contribution.” On renewable energy communities, Altobelli declared: “We will present ourselves as a partner. By delegating part of the energy produced to support projects with low environmental impact.”
Not to mention the incentive to strengthen local infrastructure. “The local ports that we have identified in Crotone and Catanzaro must be adequately equipped,” said Ariate in this regard. These structures must support the implementation and maintenance of the floating wind farm. They will become a kind of continuous “workshop” for the structures that will be born ». A challenge within the challenge, given that “there are no ports in Italy as yet capable of supporting the assembly of this model of plant engineering”. “If Calabria can seize this opportunity – said the offshore wind business development manager – FALK – it will become the first Italian company in this field.”

timing

Currently, the project was registered on December 3 to request a state marine ownership concession from the Ministry of Infrastructures and the Port System Authority of the Southern Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas. The management explained that the company decided to “initiate the scoping authorization process, which is an optional phase aimed at better handling the contents of the environmental impact study for the subsequent Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)”. “This phase – they said – we hope to continue for two years.” In general, the expectations of technicians speak for themselves Construction start in 2025 and completion in 2030. A long period of time may be useful to “prepare the territory to understand the enormous potential of the project”. Hence the recent call for Calabria to “take advantage of this time immediately to become a new frontier for sustainable energy production in the future”. (r.desanto@corrierecal.it)

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