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WindFloat Atlantic produces 75 GWh

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 23/09/2021 EDP Renewables
The WindFloat Atlantic floating offshore wind farm has produced 75 GWh of electricity in its first year of operation.

The project is located 20 kilometers off the coast of Viana do Castelo (Portugal) was officilaly put into operation in July last year. Ocean Wind, a joint venture of EDP Renewables and ENGIE holds the majority share in the project (79.4%), with Resol (19.4%) and Principle Power (1.2%) holding the remainder. It features three MHI Vestas V164-8.0 MW turbines installed on semi-submersible floating foundations which were designed by Principle Power. They consist of three columns measuring 30 metres in height with a 50 metre distance between the columns.

"The project has performed well above expectations. It has registered high levels of availability and a production that has exceeded expectations for many months. We wanted to share these positive results of a project that has marked a before and after in the offshore wind energy industry because of the technology used and because it has become the first floating and semi-submersible wind farm in the world." said project director, José Pinheiro. 

The floating technology was implemented in a first of its kind prototype,
WindFloat 1, near Póvoa do Varzim, which was installed back in 2011. The project was a full life cycle demonstration featuring a Vestas V-80 2 MW turbine, and was decommissioned in 2016.

For more information on floating offshore wind farms worldwide, click here.


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