An 8.4 megawatt offshore wind turbine by ABS which is the world’s largest floating wind turbine is going to be installed soon.
It is the first one of the three ABS classed, a SEMI Submersible Type unit which has been designed by Principle Power housing MHI Vestas turbines. It will do the work of generating 25 MWs of floating offshore wind power.
This is first ever larger scale floating wind farm of Europe. It is situated 20kms away from the coast of Viana do Castello, Portugal.
“ABS has supported innovation in offshore energy since 1958. This landmark installation underlines how we continue to support promising technology more than 60 years later,” said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO. “Floating turbines enable us to reach offshore wind resources in water that is too deep for conventional bottom-fixed turbines. It is breakthroughs such as this that will make a vital contribution to the global transition to clean energy.”
Windplus consortium that is owned jointly by EDP Renováveis, ENGIE, Repsol, and Principle Power Inc., is responsible for the project development and it is expected to go online at the end of 2019. The principles of the development are based on the principles same as the original Principle Power designed concept, WindFloat 1, which was installed offshore Portugal in 2011.
“Principle Power is very pleased to work with ABS, once again, in the framework of the WindFloat Atlantic project, building on the successful collaboration of the WindFloat 1 prototype. WindFloat Atlantic represents a major milestone for the floating offshore wind industry as it is the world’s first semi-submersible floating wind farm. We are proud of having led the process of industry standard-setting from the early days, together with ABS, and we look forward to taking the WindFloat technology to full commercialization around the world,” said Steven Barras, Chief Technical Officer at Principle Power.
There are fewer restrictions on structures that are fixed and can thus be at any depth. Thus, the floating foundation of the floating offshore wind farms will not have to face these. The development of turbines that are above 10 MWs and the research based on shallow water moorings, the tradition bottom founded technologies might be replaced with the floating technology in the future.
“Large highly-efficient turbines reduce capital costs as well as operating costs, so the deployment of the world’s largest floating offshore turbine is a significant milestone in this emerging industry,” said Matt Tremblay, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Offshore. “As the world’s leading offshore classification organization, we are able to leverage our extensive experience with the oil and gas sectors to support safety and innovation in the offshore wind industry.”