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WindFloat Atlantic Starts Supplying Clean Energy in Portugal

Power News - Published on Tue, 21 Jan 2020

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The first platform of the WindFloat Atlantic wind farm, after being successfully connected on 31st December, is able to supply to the grid in Portugal the energy generated by its 8,4 MW wind turbine, the world’s largest installed on a floating platform. The first of the three platforms comprising the Windplus consortium’s wind farm, was successfully connected on 31st December, after the energisation of the 20-km cable connecting the offshore wind farm and the substation of Viana do Castelo. The other two units will be connected successively, until they reach 25 MW of the WFA project.

The WindFloat Atlantic units – measuring 30 metres in height and with a 50-metre distance between columns – accommodate the world’s largest wind turbines installed on a floating structure of 8,4 MW, helping to increase power generation and drive significant reductions in lifecycle costs.

The project is led by the Windplus consortium, comprising EDP Renewables (54.4%), Engie (25%), Repsol (19.4%) and Principle Power Inc. (1.2%).WindFloat Atlantic project builds on the success of the WindFloat1 prototype, which was in operations between 2011 and 2016. The 2MW prototype successfully generated energy uninterruptedly over five years, surviving extreme weather conditions, including waves up to 17 metres tall and 60-knot winds, completely unscathed.

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Posted By : Arun Huidrom on Tue, 21 Jan 2020
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