Semi-submersible wind turbine is floating into the future

Portuguese energy group EDP and US partner Principle Power have applied for EU funding to help build a 25MW-plus pre-commercial offshore array, following a flawless eight-month run for the world’s first semi-submersible wind turbine.

WindFloat 1 (WF1) has flowed more than 1.7GWh of energy since being moored in the Atlantic in 43 metres of water, 5km off Aguçadoura, near Póvoa de Varzim, northern Portugal, last autumn. The 1,200-tonne floating concept, fitted with a single Vestas V80-2.0MW turbine, rode out storms that buffeted it with gale-force winds and waves of up to 15 metres during its first winter offshore.

The €20m ($25m) WF1 was built by the WindPlus joint venture, which counts EDP, Principle Power, Vestas, Portuguese shipbuilder A Silva Matos (ASM), venture Log in to read complete article.

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