Good cooperation with DEIF
The retrofit V80 controller from DEIF was developed in cooperation between BW Ideol and DEIF. Technical issues and challenges were resolved in a timely manner, and BW Ideol is very satisfied with the partnership. “We are very happy with the collaboration we have with DEIF”, says Olivier Martinet. “After the initial installation, the support provided by DEIF was very good. If there is an issue, I know that I can ask the DEIF support engineer; he’s always available to give us an answer, and we really appreciate that”.
Ready for large-scale deployment
Floating wind power has enormous potential. When turbines do not need to be installed directly on the ocean floor, you can generate power at any water depth. By doing so, you vastly increase the sea area available for power production; in fact, some of the world's best wind resources are located far offshore at depths beyond 50 m. In addition, wind farms on floating platforms can easily be placed at a safe distance from fishing areas and shipping lanes.
BW Ideol’s platform concept has now been proved to work. Any turbine brand can be used, and the turbine will work exactly the same on the floating platform as it would onshore or in a fixed-foundation offshore solution. Data from the DEIF retrofit controller for the V80 played a key role in the successful development project. Marie Bayard-Lenoir, Communications Manager at BW Ideol, concludes by summing up the role that DEIF has played.
“DEIF has helped us demonstrate the consistently great performance of our foundation for floating wind turbines, thanks to the excellent turbine availability and the good production figures recorded since commissioning”, she says. “The solution is now ready to be deployed at a large scale”.