Floating wind turbine developer raises funds to deploy Damping Pool® technology

Ideol the French floating wind turbine developer, has secured more than 12 million Euros in funding to enable it to install its first offshore wind turbine at the French SEM-REV test site located 12 nautical miles from the city of Le Croisic near Nantes. The money comes from a variety of investments fund with the largest chunk, 7.3m , from the French Environment and Energy Management Agency and will be used to install the prototype and underwrite Ideol’s international development plans. This follows Quadran, the French renewables developer’s announcement in 2013 of plans to build up to 500MW of floating wind farms based off the French coast using Ideol’s technology.

The heart of the technology is Ideol’s patented Damping Pool® system , a 6.4m draft floating concrete base with a large rectangular open moon pool, which is said to damp the platforms motion in waves effectively due to the oscillation of the water mass within the moon pool, compensating for wave diffraction loads. . The platform is aimed at water depths of 35m and beyond with the first demonstrator rated at 2MW. The company have also developed a mobility system using the taut mooring system, which allows individual turbines in an array to respond to a changes of wind direction by moving their positon in order to reduce wake losses and increase array yield.
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