Windfloat Atlantic, the world’s first semi-submersible floating wind farm, led by EDP Renovables in northern Portugal, generated 75 gigawatt hours (GWh) during its first year, with a technology for which the company has already announced plans in Spain.
The project is a consortium led by a joint venture of EDP and Engie, Ocean Winds, and also includes Repsol and Principle Power Inc.
There are three 50-meter turbines anchored to the seafloor, with a total installed capacity of 25 megawatts (MW) and capable of withstanding wind gusts of 100 kilometers per hour and 20-meter waves.
Two of the turbines were built in Setúbal, south of Lisbon, and the other in Ferrol, by the joint venture formed by Navantia and Windar.
Windfloat is designed to operate for 25 years and currently has a permanent staff of 12 people who service and operate the park on a full-time basis.