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Simply Blue Energy launches floating wind and wave project

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 04/03/2021 Simply Blue Energy
Simply Blue Energy, part of the Simply Blue Group, has unveiled plans to develop the Western Star floating offshore wind farm and wave energy conversion array off Ireland’s West Coast.

Western Star Wind, ‘Project Ilen’, named after a working sailboat with connections to Shannon Foynes, is a 1.1 GW floating offshore wind project located at least 35km offshore Co. Clare.

Western Star Wave, ‘Project Saoirse’, named after a sister vessel to Ilen, also built in Baltimore West Cork, is a pre-commercial demonstration wave energy conversion project located 4-6km offshore Co. Clare, starting with 5MW of capacity. Simply Blue Group is working with CorPower Ocean and EIT Innoenergy to develop the Saoirse project.

Sam Roch-Perks, MD of the Simply Blue Group, said: “Ireland’s development of floating wind sites continues and we are delighted to be introducing wave energy to the energy mix. We believe that the combination of the two technologies will deliver significant system benefits to help economies move to net zero. It is fantastic to see Ireland lead the way on this approach.”

Preliminary Front End Engineering Design (Pre-FEED) and offshore survey activities have been initiated in parallel with continued stakeholder engagement activity.

A foreshore site investigation license application was submitted in December 2020.

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