The last of three floating wind units that will make up the pioneering WindFloat Atlantic (WFA) array in the Portuguese Atlantic is en route from Ferrol, Spain to the project construction site.
Once online, the 25MW development, being developed in 100 metres of water by the EDP-led Windplus consortium with Principle Power WindFloat platforms topped with 8.4MW MHI Vestas turbines, will be continental Europe’s first multi-turbine floating wind array.
The project’s two other platforms, a steel semisubmersible design first trialled off Portgual from 2011-2016, are now fully installed at the wind farm, located 20km off the coast from Viana do Castelo, supplying energy to country’s electricity network.
At full power, WFA will be able to generate enough energy to supply the equivalent of 60,000 users each year, saving almost 1.1 million tons of CO2.
Principle Power's WindFloat platform is also being used on projects including the 100MW Erebus off Wales, 50MW Kincardine off the UK, 30MW Golfe de Lion off France, and the up-to-150MW Redwood Coast Offshore Wind Project off the US West Coast.