WindFloat Atlantic, a technological success and a substantial investment
The installation is equipped with three turbines mounted on floating platforms anchored to the seabed only by chains, at a depth of 100 metres. It is also equipped with cutting-edge technology to minimise the environmental impact and facilitate access to wind resources on the high seas that have so far been untapped. This technology offers versatile benefits improving accessibility and profitability, such as its capacity for dry dock assembly and transport without the intervention of a specialised tug, and is not based on complex offshore operations, generally associated with the installation of foundations on the seabed. The project aims to take advantage of WindFloat’s innovative technology to allow the installation of wind power platforms on the high seas, a previously inaccessible area in which abundant wind resources can now be exploited.
The WindFloat Atlantic project is based on the success of the WindFloat1 prototype, in service between 2011 and 2016. This 2 MW prototype made it possible to generate electricity continuously for 5 years while resisting extreme weather conditions, including waves up to 17 metres high and winds reaching 60 knots, without any damage.
Just transporting the first of the three floating structures of the Viana do Castelo floating wind farm is an important step in itself, as it avoids the use of a tug specifically designed for this operation. This advantage, coupled with a simple mooring process, makes it possible to replicate this initiative in other areas and facilitates the commissioning phase, regardless of geographic limits.
WindFloat is also able to accommodate the world’s largest commercial turbines, with an output of almost 9 MW each, thereby increasing electricity production and significantly reducing the life-cycle costs of the installation.
This initiative has the support of both public and private institutions, encouraging leading companies in their sectors to participate in the project. In parallel, the Portuguese government, European Commission and European Investment Bank participated in financing the operations.
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