Floating Wind – Portugal
Dublin-based floating offshore wind platform developer Gazelle Wind Power is teaming up with Portuguese renewable energy developer WAM Horizon to pilot its platform in Portugal.
Gazelle says its floating offshore wind platform, which is designed for deep waters, is both modular and scalable, so manufacture and assembly is cost-effective and efficient.
Its components are smaller and lighter, reducing the need for space in harbours and shipyards, and that minimizes the need for cranes. Existing port infrastructure can be utilized to develop Gazelle’s platform when it’s commercialized in the future.
Gazelle says its platform’s geometric design has less than a five-degree pitch, and a pitch of less than 10 degrees means less wear, less maintenance, and a longer life for the wind turbine generator, which translates into more energy production and greater ROI.