First Maine WindFloat successfully deployed offshore

By Ramona du Houx - January 6th, 2012 

Principle Power, Inc. (Principle Power) and Energias de Portugal (EDP) announced the successful offshore deployment of a full-scale 2-megawatt (MW) WindFloat off the coast of Aguçadoura, Portugal. The project is the first offshore wind deployment worldwide which did not require the use of any heavy lift equipment offshore. All final assembly, installation and pre-commissioning of the wind turbine occurred on land in a controlled environment.

In parallel activities Principle Power is working with the University of Maine and the Maine Composites Alliance to develop advanced material application to their design to reduce cost, weight and improve life cycle efficiencies. These activities are supported through a grant from the Maine Technology Institute. UMaine research with the Maine Wind Consortium will further the ongoing offshore wind platform goals for Maine

This is the first offshore wind turbine in open Atlantic waters, and the first deployment of a semi-submersible structure supporting a multi-megawatt wind turbine.

“The (deep) ocean is the next big energy frontier,” said António Vidigal, CEO of EDP Inovação.