WindPlus, a consortium led by EDP Renewables, has signed a firm order with MHI Vestas to provide three V164-8.4 MW turbines for the WindFloat Atlantic project situated near the coast of northern Portugal.
The 8.4-MW turbines will be the largest and most powerful wind turbines ever installed onto a floating foundation at sea.
MHI Vestas chief executive Philippe Kavafyan, said “Building on our experience with WindPlus and Principle Power dating back to 2011, we’re particularly pleased that WindFloat Atlantic will feature three of our V164-8.4 MW turbines, the largest and most powerful turbines ever installed onto a floating platform.”
While the project will provide enough wind energy to power 18,000 homes in Portugal, its most noteworthy contribution will be the experience gained and lessons learnt from innovative installation and commissioning techniques, turbine and foundation performance, main component interactions, and ultimately, power production.
MHI Vestas chief technology officer Torben Larsen said, “Our experience with the semi-submersible floating foundation thus far gives us great confidence in this project. With floating technology accelerating towards its full potential, this project will provide many critical insights that will be carried forward into future projects.”
The three V164-8.4 MW turbines will sit atop Principle Power’s triangular, semi-submersible WindFloat foundations and will be positioned 20 km from shore at a sea depth of 100 m.