October 10 (Renewables Now) - French floating foundations specialist Ideol has agreed to partner with Taisei Corp (TYO:1801) to promote the use in Japan of concrete foundations for floating offshore wind projects.
The companies announced Thursday the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU), under which they will develop together concrete floating foundations for the Japanese market. There, the potential for floating wind installations is estimated to be three times larger than that for bottom-fixed offshore wind farms, Ideol noted.
The French company and Taisei expect to be able to reduce the cost of floating foundations with the use of concrete.
Ideol has two operational full-scale floating wind demonstrators at home and in Japan. In June, it agreed with Japanese firm Shizen Energy Inc to develop a multi-megawatt floating wind project off the coast of Kyushu.