Floating foundation company Ideol and Elicio, an offshore wind developer and operator, have teamed up to develop floating wind projects in Scottish waters.
Together, they are preparing a proposal for the upcoming ScotWind leasing programme to be launched by Crown Estate Scotland.
Ideol has already has a track record demonstrating its floater concept, with two floating wind turbines operating successfully on two different continents since 2018. It has precommercial and commercial-scale projects under development and units in operation in France and Japan. Its track record includes the Floatgen demonstrator in France, Hibiki demonstrator in Japan and the upcoming Eolmed project in the Mediterranean.
The company highlighted the fact that the concrete version of its Damping Pool foundation can be built onshore and is well-suited for series production, local content, and the development of regional manufacturing.
Elicio is among the partners in the Norther and Otary offshore wind projects in Belgium. Elicio board member Emile Dumont said, “Wind energy has significant growth potential and is at the heart of Elicio’s strategy. We are committed, with our partner Ideol, to making achieving a milestone in the Scottish offshore wind sector.”
Ideol chief executive Paul de la Guérivière said, “Combining the track record of Ideol in floating wind and the experience of Elicio in offshore wind creates a value proposition that can lead to a successful project, low cost energy and the creation of a Scottish supply chain.”
France-based Ideol also recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Taisei Corporation in Japan for joint development and promotion of foundations for floating offshore wind that use Ideol’s patented Damping Pool technology.