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EMEC-led project to test floating wind turbine in Irish waters

Floating wind turbine using SAIPEM technology. Source: SAIPEM SA

March 20 (Renewables Now) - The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is leading a new EUR-31-million (USD 35.2m) project to deploy a full-scale floating wind turbine at a Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) test site off the west coast of Ireland.

EMEC said in a statement today that the four-year project has obtained financing from Interreg North West Europe to step up the uptake of floating offshore wind. The machine will be installed at a SEAI test site near Belmullet in County Mayo by 2022.

The goal of the project, which is known as AFLOWT (Accelerating market uptake of Floating Offshore Wind Technology), is to demonstrate the survivability and cost-competitiveness of the floating wind turbine and, at the same time, support the development of an active supply chain in the region.

“If floating offshore wind technology can operate reliably and efficiently on the west coast of Ireland, it will work anywhere,” commented Oliver Wragg, commercial director at EMEC.

In addition to EMEC and SEAI, other participants include SAIPEM SA and organisations such as Cable Life Cycle Assurance (CaLiCyA) in France, Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN), Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES) in Germany and University College Cork and Electricity Supply Board Engineering & Major Projects (ESB E&MP) in Ireland.

EMEC noted that the initial kick off meeting of partners will take place in Dublin on March 12.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.136)

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