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    What will be the visual impact of offshore wind farms to be erected off the coast of Galicia?

    September 28, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras


      Plain Concepts, a multinational technology services and innovation project development agency for companies and organizations, has developed Viawind, which it presents as "an innovative product that provides a differential value to the client in the early stages of the project, when the different stakeholders responsible for assessing its feasibility - based on a rigorous analysis of visual impact and compatibility with the rest of the activities at sea - can preview the final result of the farm and access its critical data before granting permission for its construction". Viawind - its developers explain - is "the first technological solution that allows to digitally simulate the visual impact of offshore wind farms". According to Plain Concepts, Viawind formulates "with scientific rigor an ultra-realistic 3D simulation of these facilities, reflecting dynamic elements of the environment such as the weather, the tide, the wind or the time of day".

      Daniel Fernandez, head of Digital Strategy at Plain Concepts: "Viawind is a unique solution born to address the current energy situation. It intervenes directly in the validation of offshore wind farm projects by all stakeholders involved, greatly accelerating the process with a centralized and interactive digital space, saving costs and giving the client a clear competitive advantage over other candidates".

      Plain Concepts explains how Viawind

      works "Offshore wind turbines employ advanced technology to generate zero-carbon energy and play a key role in the global energy transition. They are installed farther offshore, in deep water. Until now, visual impact studies for these types of projects were conducted in a rudimentary manner, with simple visual diagrams to determine morphological and biophysical criteria, among others. Plain Concepts has evolved this system by offering the ability to determine the best possible arrangement of offshore wind farm turbines, considering their type, size, distance between them and the mobile orientation of their wings. From here, Evergine, a powerful graphics engine developed by the company, can generate accurate 3D virtual simulations so that anyone can visualize the wind farm from various angles of the coast, and can also simulate different weather and lighting conditions".

      According to the Spanish company, based in Madrid and present in Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries, "all this work is converted into a product developed in an interactive web page that facilitates a complete understanding of the study and provides greater depth of dynamic data and realism compared to the classic written report". This format -explain Plain Concepts- also allows the web to be shared instantly, which speeds up the approval process between different institutions and companies.

      International projection

      Plain Concepts has already announced its intention to introduce Viawind in "new markets that join the trend of countries like Denmark, which has approved the largest project in the history of the country with an investment of 34.34 billion euros for the construction of energy islands" or the United States, where the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has just published an update of its assessment of the existing offshore wind resource off the coast of the country, according to which, taking into account the current state of the art (the technological moment) and the economic possibilities, there are up to 1,500 gigawatts of wind power technically accessible off the US coast (depths of less than 60 meters, wind turbines anchored to the seabed) and up to 2,800 gigawatts of floating wind power.

      Since its launch a few months ago, Viawind - the company reports - has already been used in 25 studies in Spain, Italy, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Colombia and "is also attracting interest from other potential regions such as Northern Europe, the US East Coast and the Asian East Coast (Korea, China and Japan)".


      Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Madrid, Plain Concepts is a multinational technology services and innovation project development agency tailored to the unique needs of companies and organizations. The company is present in 7 countries and has more than 450 employees worldwide.


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