Vestas has signed an agreement with WindPlus for the deployment of an offshore project that integrates a wind turbine with a full-scale, semi-submersible floating structure.
WindPlus is a joint venture company led by the EDP Group with partners including Principle Power Inc. and several other entities. Its WindFloat project has the potential to lay the foundations for further development of the offshore business while helping to take advantage of offshore potential worldwide, according to the company.
The contract with WindPlus includes delivery, installation and commissioning of a Vestas V80-2.0 MW wind turbine for the project, which will be located off the Portuguese coast. Turbine delivery will take place this year. Moreover, Vestas will be the technology reference for the project, supporting the integration of the wind turbine and the WindFloat platform.
Principle Power's WindFloat is a patented, semi-submersible floating structure for offshore wind turbines. Features of the WindFloat dampen wave- and turbine-induced motion, enabling offshore wind turbines to be sited in previously inaccessible locations where water depth exceeds 50 meters and wind resources are superior, according to the company.
The system integrating the V80-2.0 MW wind turbine and the floating structure will be tested for no less than 12 months with a focus on performance, validation of the WindFloat and turbine control optimization. In addition, commissioning, decommissioning, and operation and maintenance studies will be conducted.