Principle Power completes 5 year test period of WindFloat Prototype
Wind turbine at sea. Author: Andy S-D. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic
Offshore wind project developer Principle Power announced last Thursday it had concluded the five-year testing phase of its offshore WindFloat Prototype system.
Located at the Agucadoura region, in Portugal, the WindFloat (WF1) system was able to endure waves exceeding 17 meters (55 ft) in height, and winds over 60 knots. WF1 has also delivered approximately 17 GWh of energy to the local grid, the company said.
WF1 is the result of a partnership between Principle Power, along with Spanish oil and gas producer Repsol SA (BME:REP) and Portuguese companies EDP (ELI:EDP), Portugal Ventures and A. Silva Matos.
Currently, Principle Power is developing a multi-unit project named WindFloat Atlantic. The project, a partnership with the Portuguese State and the EU’s NER300 scheme support, consists of three units, amounting to a 25-MW array of WindFloat systems.