Wind Energy – Acquisition
ACCIONA Energía has acquired 24% of the capital of the French company Eolink, which specializes in the development of floating foundations for offshore wind energy.
The operation, subject to certain conditions, follows a financing round launched by the French startup to boost its floating offshore wind technology and take forward the maturation of its first 5MW unit as a commercial technology.
Eolink was created in November 2015 with the aim to develop an innovative floating wind concept where four arms replace the classic single mast supporting the turbine. This allows for a lighter structure and a better distribution of the load, reducing installation and maintenance operations.
In addition, the wind turbine’s anchoring system allows it to change its position naturally to face the wind, optimizing costs and maximizing its performance.
The first pre-commercial unit is expected to be installed at the SEM-REV test site, off the coast from Le Croisic (France), in 2023. With a height of 150 meters and a 5 MW capacity, Eolink’s floating wind turbine will provide enough electricity to power 3,500 homes.