The development of offshore wind energy is hot with the Windfloat project, an offshore wind farm where wind turbines on floating platforms anchored to the seabed will produce enough electricity for 60,000 people.
The largest floating wind farm in the world will be in Portugal.
The world’s largest floating wind farm will be built in Portugal, at sea, 20 kilometers off Viana do Castelo, in 2019. The responsible company will be Windplus, a subsidiary of EDP Renovables, Repsol and Príncipe Power, with funding from the European Investment Bank of around 60 million euros.
The president of EDP announced that the second phase of the project which is entering its pre-commercial phase called Windfloat Atlantic will last three years and that the total investment will be 125 million euros.
The floating wind farm project that will be the largest in the world is an innovative global project. The estimated cost is 65 euros per MWh for this plant.
Manso Neto, president of the company responsible for construction, said they will have to cut costs, so that other countries also invest in floating wind power. According to the businessman, this project is a springboard for the future.
The potential of this project is enormous and has been approved by Minister Ana Paula Vitorino. According to her, the Portuguese industry in the field of oceanic renewable energies has a potential market of millions of euros until 2030 in terms of floating wind energy exports. The installation of this wind farm will be the technological showroom of the technological capacity of Portugal.
It is estimated that the floating wind farm will be commissioned at the end of 2019. The first expectations were that the operation of this plant would begin in the summer of 2019.
The wind farm in Portugal will have the capacity to produce enough electricity for around 60,000 people, with a capacity of 25 MW transmitted by three wind turbines with a capacity of 8.4 MW each, placed on floating platforms, anchored to the bottom of the sea. for a depth of 100 meters. In the first phase, the project had an investment of 23 million euros for a turbine of only 2 MW.