Co. Antrim Northern Ireland. Image: Ballygally View Images Shutterstock

Ireland is committed to wind power to decarbonize its economy. An experimental offshore wind energy project has been launched in order to make the most of this marine resource.

Ireland wants 70% of the electricity consumed by the country will be produced from renewable sources by 2030. Currently, it only produces 30% from clean sources, gas being the main resource used.

To achieve the proposed objective, it is necessary to rely on the commercial use of the floating wind power. Despite the abundance of places to do this type of installation, not all are suitable.

It is advisable to select areas where the seabed is shallow (less than 50 meters deep). It also requires:

  • Active supply chain for commissioning large factories.
  • Creation of a shared political and industrial vision.

AFLOWT project.

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It is a pilot test for a floating platform for wind turbines. It will take place on the Atlantic coast of Ireland and cost 31 million euros.

It is expected that by 2032:

  • Generate 2000 MW additional capacity for the production of floating offshore wind power.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 1,040,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

An experimental facility involving the Irish Sustainable Energy Authority, the Netherlands Maritime Research Institute, the National University of Ireland, the International Electricity Supply Board, the Fraunhofer Institute and SAIPEM SA.

SAIPEM SA is an Italian oil and gas related company. He took care of the platform design and construction.

Ireland is one of five Member States that have called on Brussels to participate more actively in the long-term decarbonisation strategy, supporting a 100% renewable future.

Parliament was the first in the world to pass a divestment law, which indicates that within 5 years, the Sovereign Fund it will end all direct investment in coal, oil and gas.