Ideol and STX Europe Offshore Energy are teaming up to develop a breakthrough floating substation that will be compatible with both bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind farms. The solution aims at being market-ready for France’s upcoming floating commercial tenders.
Based on Ideol’s shallow-draft Damping Pool concept and designed to operate in the world’s most extreme environments, the universal floating substation will remain flexible to satisfy client demands, local rules, standards, certifications, and/or specific certification requirements, Ideol states.
The floating substations will accommodate both bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind farms starting at depths of 30 meters.
“This project pushes the boundaries of the offshore wind market as offshore substations are a crucial component of a commercial array,” said Paul de la Guérivière, Ideol’s CEO. “This project allows us to add another string to our bow and demonstrates the wide range of potential applications our Damping Pool technology can offer.”