BW Ideol, Eneos tie up to build Japanese floating wind park

Floatgen. Source: Twitter, @IdeolOffshore

July 7 (Renewables Now) - French floating foundations specialist BW Ideol said today it has signed a joint development agreement with Japanese oil company Eneos Corp for a commercial-scale floating wind project off Japan.

The proposed wind farm will deploy Ideol’s Damping Pool technology.

The goal of the partnership with the unit of Eneos Holdings Inc (TYO:5020) is to contribute to the early commercialisation of cost-competitive floating offshore wind power in Japan. According to Idol, the potential of floating offshore wind turbines in Japan is three times higher than that of fixed bottom technology.

Ideol has two operational full-scale demonstrators, at home and in Japan, and a 30-MW pre-commercial wind farm under development in the Mediterranean, due to be commissioned by 2023. Eneos, meanwhile, has taken part in offshore projects in Taiwan and Japan and last month was chosen to operate a floating wind park off Japan’s Nagasaki Prefecture.

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