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Demonstration of the WindFloat Technology

Objective

Consistent with industrial initiative of the SET Plan this project addresses the objective of a grid-connected multi-megawatt fully integrated offshore wind turbine hosted on a floating support structure. The Proposed Project is in the unique position to leverage significant pre-existing financial and intellectual capital invested by the project coordinator, WindPlus in a PILOT unit installation of the WindFloat with a 2MW Vestasturbine. WindPlus joint vesnture partners and Consortium members of the Project, realize that the design, fabrication and installation of a WindFloat unit is only the first step towards a full demonstration of a floating offshore wind system. It also represents the highest cost, in economic terms, however the WindPlus, as the proposed Project coordinator is proposing to use the installed PILOT unit to demonstrate benefits of floating offshore system and its cost competiveness.

The PILOT project, funded by the JV partners and the Portuguese Member State, will design, fabricate and install the WindFloat system. The Portuguese member state has contributed 7 million Euros to the pre-existing project out of a total investment of 20million Euros. Due to financial constraints, the operational/ demonstration phase of the project is currently limited to a minimum set of tests.

The Proposed Project (“Project”) addresses the next step, which is to demonstrate the long-term performance capabilities of the system. It is imperative that the system passes the scrutiny of the financial sector, as without project financing it is impossible to install multi-megawatt floating offshore wind parks. A period of extensive testing and monitoring is needed to demonstrate the system’s performance.

As with any new technological development, this system requires a significant degree of testing, monitoring, data gathering and analysis as part of a detailed demonstration process. WindPlus JV partners and the Portuguese governmenttook the first step – they have funde

Call for proposal

FP7-ENERGY-2011-2
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

EDP INOVACAO SA
Address
Praca Marques De Pombal 12
1250 162 Lisboa
Portugal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Tiago Romano Gonçalves (Mr.)

Participants (11)

PRINCIPLE POWER (EUROPE) LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Park View
London
Administrative Contact
Peter Delf (Mr.)
VESTAS WIND SYSTEMS A/S
Denmark
Address
Hedeager 42
8200 Aarhus
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Karsten Helbo Karsten Helbo Larsen (Mr.)
REPSOL NUEVAS ENERGIAS UK Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
5Th Floor, Princes Street
Edinburgh
Administrative Contact
Allan Macaskill (Mr.)
SCHEEPSWERF DAMEN GORINCHEM BV
Netherlands
Address
Avelingen West 20 Industrieterrein
4202 MS Gorinchem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Robert (Mr.)
WAVEC/OFFSHORE RENEWABLES - CENTRO DE ENERGIA OFFSHORE ASSOCIACAO
Portugal
Address
Edificio Diogo Cao, Doca De Alcanta Norte
1350-352 Lisboa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Carla Bacelar (Ms.)
Laboratorio Nacional de Energia e Geologia I.P.
Portugal
Address
Rua Da Amieira
4466-901 S.mamede De Infesta
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ana Estanqueiro (Prof.)
INSTITUTO DE SOLDADURA E QUALIDADE
Portugal
Address
Taguspark Avenida Professor Dr Cavaco Silva 33 Talaide
2740 120 Porto Salvo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
João Paulo De Figueiredo Duarte (Mr.)
CAIXA BANCO DE INVESTIMENTO SA
Portugal
Address
Rua Barata Salgueiro
Lisboa
Administrative Contact
Paulo De Sousa (Dr.)
SGURRENERGY LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
St Vincent Plaza 319 St Vincent Street
G2 5LP Glasgow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Charlie Briggs (Mr.)
ALLIANCE FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY LLC
United States
Address
Denver West Parkway 15013
80401 Golden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Walter Musial (Mr.)
A. Silva Matos - Energia, SA
Portugal
Address
Zona Industrial Dos Padrões
3740-295 Sever Do Vouga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pedro Pinheiro (Mr.)