Floating Offshore Wind-Simply Blue Energy Western Star

Floating Offshore Wind (FOW)

Floating Offshore Wind (FOW)
Floating Offshore Wind (FOW)
Image: Courtesy of Principle Power: Dock90
Overview

The proposed FOW component of the Western Star Project will be located at least 35km off the west coast of Co. Clare. The innovative floating technology proposed for this project will allow the turbines to be located far from shore and in waters over 100m deep where traditional fixed bottom turbine foundations would be uneconomical.

By locating the turbines so far offshore, the visual impact of the wind farm on onshore communities is greatly reduced. Additionally, locating the turbines further out to sea will place the farm in an area of higher wind energy potential. Click here to see our simulated views from shore of the nearest turbines at 35km from the coast.

Our Vision
Image: Courtesy of Principle Power: Dock90
Our Vision

Blue Energy Future

Coastal Distance

35km - 60km

Coastal Distance

Total Final Capacity

1.1 GW

Total Final Capacity

Renewable-Energy

2.8%

Equivalent to 2.8% of Ireland’s Primary Energy Demand in 2018

Image: Courtesy of Principle Power: Dock90
Image: Courtesy of Principle Power: Dock90
Floating Offshore Wind
(FOW) Technology

There are a wide range of technologies and design concepts in various stages of research and development across the FOW industry spectrum. Each design concept offers pros and cons dependant on an array of variables including water depths, seabed composition, metocean conditions, and onshore infrastructure.

Floating-Wind-Technology

In 2016, and again in 2020, Simply Blue Energy undertook a ‘Technology and Commercial Review’ of Floating Offshore Wind Foundations. It was determined that floating wind solutions have matured, and an increasing number of foundations are now financeable. Arrays of ever-increasing scale are being developed globally utilising a variety of technologies. Given the significant environmental conditions off the west coast of Ireland Simply Blue Energy will undertake further engineering studies in co-operation with technology developers to understand the performance of floating foundation types, moorings and anchor solutions.

Examples

The following are examples of some of these floating technologies that have been deployed at sea at scale.

mage Credit - Ideol & V. Joncheray
Ideol – “Damping Pool” style foundation
Image Credit - Ideol & V. Joncheray
Image Credit - Equinor, Øyvind Gravås
Equinor Hywind – “spar”
style foundation
Image Credit - Equinor, Øyvind Gravås
Photo courtesy of Principle Power. Artist: DOCK90
Principle Power Inc. WindFloat –
“Semi-submersible” style foundation
Photo courtesy of Principle Power. Artist: DOCK90
Projects
Other Simply Blue
Energy Projects

In March 2020, Simply Blue Energy announced a partnership with the energy giant Total to develop the Blue Gem Wind floating offshore wind portfolio, starting with Erebus, a 96 MW capacity project which will be in the Celtic Sea off the Welsh coast. This project will utilise semi-submersible WindFloat® technology developed by Principle Power Inc.

Simply Blue Energy announced Emerald in July 2020, another floating offshore wind project, off the south coast of Cork in the vicinity of the Kinsale gas platform which is currently being decommissioned. This project envisions the transformation of the maritime landscape in the area from a fossil fuel producing site into a zone for the production of clean, renewable offshore wind energy. Find out more here.

Wind Farm Timeline

2020
Foreshore Site
Investigation Licence
Application
Development
Consent
Planning Interest
Secured
Marine Area
Consent
RESS Funding
Application
Manufacture,
Install & Delivery
Energy Export
to Grid-
2032