Principle Power, partners inaugurate Portuguese offshore wind turbine

Agucadoura, Portugal, June 18, 2012 – Principle Power, Energias de Portugal, Repsol, A. Silva Matos, Vestas Wind Systems A/S and InovCapital installed a wind turbine off the coast of Portugal.

The wind turbine is installed on a floating foundation called the WindFloat. The wind turbine was installed without the use of any heavy lift vessels or piling equipment at sea.

All final assembly, installation and pre-commissioning of the turbine and substructure took place on land in a controlled environment. The complete system was then wet-towed offshore using simple tug vessels.

The WindFloat is equipped with a Vestas v80 2.0MW turbine capable of producing enough electricity for 1,300 households. The system is located 5 kilometers off the coast of Agucadoura, Portugal, and has already produced in excess of 1.7 GWh.

The WindFloat ushers in a new era in the offshore wind industry permitting utilities to target the highest quality wind resources, independent of water depth. In addition, projects can realize cost and risk reductions as a result of the onshore fabrication and commissioning scheme.

The successful installation and on-going operations of the WindFloat in Portugal is the result of hard work and foresight on part of the WindPlus joint venture, comprised of EDP, Repsol, Principle Power, ASM, Vestas Wind Systems A/S and InovCapital including a subsidy from the Innovation Support Fund (Fundo de Apoio a Inovacao – FAI).

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