The first floating wind turbine will be installed off the Portuguese coast in the summer of 2011. The electricity distributor Energias de Portugal (EDP), the Canadian Principle Power Inc, the Danish manufacturer of wind turbines Vestas have signed an agreement to deploy the first floating wind turbine of WindFloat 2 MW type.

The main feature of the WindFloat floating platform is to cushion the force of waves on the turbine installed. Its design and configuration allows to install wind turbines in places previously inaccessible (where water depth exceeds 50 meters). The project plans to deploy the first WindFloat in Aguçadoura, test site of marine renewable energy connected to the EDP grid. The tests will be held for at least a year, with the aim of validating the performance of WindFloat and Vestas turbine integrated. In 2012, the company hopes to launch the EDP’s first offshore wind farm in deep water in the world.

This information was announced at the seminar “The renewable energy sector in Portugal and France: opportunities and partnerships” organized in Porto by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 8 February.

The Portuguese Secretary of State for Energy and Innovation, Carlos Zorrinho, stressed the great potential of the Portuguese coast and the importance of Franco-Portuguese cooperation in renewable energy.

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