The first next-generation offshore wind farm in the Iberian Peninsula has begun operations. The commissioning of the Windfloat Atlantic enables unprecedented access to marine areas and entails a relevant technological advance for the decarbonization of economy in Portugal. The participating parties made the announcement vi a press release.
Windfloat Atlantic is owned by the Windplus consortium, which includes EDP Renováveis (54.4%), Engie (25%), Repsol (19.4%), and Principle Power Inc. (1.2%). The project is endorsed by the success of the WindFloat1 prototype.
A cleaner 2020
The first of the Windplus project’s three platforms was successfully connected on December 31. Hitting this milestone was possible thanks to the 20-km feeding cable that connects the wind farm to the station in Viana do Castelo.
Soon, the project’s two other units will also be connected, reaching an installed capacity of 25 MW.
The platform’s structure – 30 meters high and with a 50 m distance between each column – will house the world’s largest turbines installed on a floating surface, with 8.4 megawatts each, contributing to increase power generation and promoting a considerable reduction of the costs associated with its life cycle.
Another step forward
Now, the next step in this project was the arrival of the second platform to its permanent settlement in early January. Once fully operational, this wind farm will have an installed capacity of 25 megawatts. With this potential, it will be able to generate enough energy to supply 60,000 users per year.
The platforms were built in the two countries of the Iberian Peninsula. Two of them at the Setubal shipyard (Portugal) and the third one at the Avilés and Ferrol shipyards (Spain).
The project implements disruptive technology, known as Windfloat, which enables to install wind platforms in deep waters, out of reach until now, in areas where abundant wind resources can now be harnessed.
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