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March 20, 2017

Gaelectric and Ideol sign MoU for floating offshore wind projects in Ireland

Irish renewable energy firm Gaelectric has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with French company Ideol to build floating offshore wind energy projects in Ireland.

By Lopamudra Roy

Irish renewable energy firm Gaelectric has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with French company Ideol to build floating offshore wind energy projects in Ireland.

The companies are currently investigating several sites for the development of short-term, pre-commercial, and long-term commercial-scale floating offshore windpower projects. Ideol’s Damping Pool technology will be used for project development.

Ideol's chief executive officer (CEO) Paul de la GUERIVIERE said: “Our industry-transforming Damping Pool technology is perfectly suited to Ireland’s weather and specific sea conditions. It will also use local materials and labour to meet all cost-competitiveness expectations.

“It can be mass-produced using existing local infrastructure and offers all the advantages one can expect from floating offshore wind solutions such as quay-side wind turbine installation and offshore installation using cost-efficient and readily available vessels.”

"Our industry-transforming Damping Pool technology is perfectly suited to Ireland’s weather and specific sea conditions."

Gaelectric and Ideol have set an initial goal to develop a turbine array with more than 30MW, which will be followed by multi-gigawatt commercial-scale extensions.

Using its Damping Pool technology, Ideol’s floating foundation can withstand open sea conditions and is one of the only floating sub-structures that can be moored in both shallow and deep waters.

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The floating foundation is suitable for the latest extra-large wind turbines and is less invasive on the seabed compared with bottom-fixed foundations.

Gaelectric's founding shareholder Brendan McGrath said that the Irish Government’s offshore renewable energy development plan has a potential to generate 27,000MW from floating offshore wind in Irish coastal waters.


Image: Ideol’s floating foundation for offshore wind energy project. Photo: courtesy of Gaelectric.

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