Continental Europe’s first floating windfarm begins operations
16.07.2020 WindFloat Atlantic project’s third platform has been connected to the grid and is now fully operational.
WindFloat Atlantic is world’s first semi-submersible floating wind farm with installed capacity of 25 MW. Three platforms equipped with 8.4MW wind turbines are 30m in height and are placed at a 50m distance between the columns.  These are the largest wind turbines ever installed on a floating platform.
The commissioning of the wind farm is an achievement for the sector as floating wind technology contributes to the diversification of energy sources and has the potential to develop otherwise inaccessible areas for offshore wind. And what’s equally important is that it’s a major technological leap towards a carbon-free green economy.
WindFloat Atlantic has begun operation and is supplying clean energy to Portugal’s electrical grid through a 20-kilometer export cable, connecting the wind farm to the substation in Viana do Castelo. The floating wind farm will generate enough energy to supply 60000 users per year, saving almost 1.1 million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
The project’s success is rooted on its technology among other things. Its mooring technology, for example, allows for installation in waters over 100m deep, and its design offers stability in adverse weather and sea conditions. Another key advantage was the dry-dock assembly technology. It provided significant logistical and financial savings, and the platforms were then towed using standard tug boats.
Wind energy has a unique opportunity to contribute to the economic stabilization of Europe within the framework of the €750 billion EU recovery plan, 30 percent of which will cover green investments.

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