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

20 March 2017 (Last Updated March 20th, 2017 18:30)

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.

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.

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.

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.