Floating foundation's €7m boost

French floating foundation developer Ideol has secured some €7m ($9.1m) to press ahead with industrialisation of its innovative concrete concept, as part of a 2MW offshore wind turbine prototype.

The funds – stumped up by cleantech investment capital firm Demeter Partners, Sofimac Partners and Soridec – will pave the way for the construction of a demonstrator unit being built with turbine-maker Gamesa and Stuttgart University under the EU-backed €36m FloatGen project.

The Ideol floater is based around a square, open-centred platform design, moored to the seabed using a catenary-style spread of chain lines, or hybrids of chain and synthetic rope, with “soil-specific” anchors.

The concept, which derives stability and buoyancy in large part from a structure of airtight internal chambers set about a patented “damping pool”, is foreseen for Log in to read complete article.

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