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WindFloat Atlantic Project

View of a wind farm at sea

WindFloat Atlantic: The first semi-submersible floating wind farm in the world

The project uses disruptive technology enabling wind platforms to be installed in deep waters that had been inaccessible to date and where abundant wind resources can be harnessed.

This initiative builds on the success of the WindFloat1 prototype that was in operation between 2011 and 2016. It successfully generated energy continuously over the course of five years, surviving extreme weather conditions, completely undamaged.

WindFloat Atlantic features the world's largest commercially available wind turbines of nearly 9 MW each, which helps boost power generation and drive significant reductions in life cycle costs. Also, its ease of installation makes it possible to replicate this initiative in other locations and facilitates the commissioning of infrastructures of its kind regardless of geographical boundaries.

The project has had the support of public and private institutions, including the Portuguese government, the European Union, and the European Investment Bank, as well as companies that are leaders in their respective markets.

Currently, the first platform with a fully installed turbine is headed towards its final destination 20 km away from Viana do Castelo.

WindFloat in figures

Structure designed to anchor itself at depths greater than 40 m
First-ever floating wind farm on the Iberian Peninsula
Capable of withstanding 17-meter waves and winds of more than 60 knots
Features an expected capacity of up to 25 MW (enough to power 60,000 households)
Boasts the largest and most porweful turbines ever installed on a floating structure
It has a maximum height (base + tower + rotor) of 190 meters, half the size of the Empire State Building
The rotor is 164 meters in diameter, double the size of the largest passenger airplane in the world