We began our activities by developing traditional sources of energy and then we embarked on the development of renewables, such as wind and solar energy. Wind energy plays a key role in energy transition, as it is renewable, clean and available throughout the world.
An estimate of wind energy production has become a crucial, financial aspect for energy producers. We have the expertise to develop every stage of wind energy projects, from the initial assessment and engagement phase to the final acquisition.
One example is the development of the concept of the floating, pendulum foundation, HexaFloat™, for wind turbine installations at sea. This enables floating wind turbines to be installed in sea areas where the wind is usually stronger, but the sea is too deep for a traditional, fixed foundation.
As regards solar energy, we are currently developing experimental, thermo-dynamic, concentrated solar technologies. This new approach to traditional energy maximises the quantity of energy produced by a solar panel.
Photovoltaic solar energy (PV) is the most cost effective source of renewable energy that is abundantly available throughout the world and can be easily implemented. We carry out complex projects that fully integrate traditional technologies with photovoltaic installations to contribute to the decarbonisation of the production sector.
By exploiting the expertise of our Norwegian company, Moss Maritime, we have the skills to develop floating photovoltaic installations onshore, near-shore and offshore. We have also signed an agreement of collaboration with Equinor to develop a floating photovoltaic installation for harsh sea environments.Our patented solution enables:
a modular design that facilitates construction and repair;
customisation to adapt to various positions and requests for power
operations in waves without damaging the solar panels.
Saipem and Equinor have signed a cooperation agreement to develop a technological solution for a floating solar fleet for near shore applications. The development stage of the project has been completed, whereas the demonstration stage that precedes the final marketing phase is currently in progress.
The technology is based on the concept of a floater, developed internally by Moss Maritime, one of Saipem's subsidiary companies. It is a modularised system, designed to be easily manufactured, transported and installed where it will be used.
The technology offers the same advantages already discovered in photovoltaic solar solutions, intended for areas of calm sea (Floating Photovoltaic). However, as it has been designed for more difficult climate conditions, other areas can also be considered. The concept has a dual application: it is suitable not only for areas where there are no large water basins, but also for very windy areas.