BlueFloat unveils 1-GW floating wind project off Taiwan

May 25, 2022
Offshore wind developer BlueFloat Energy has entered a round 3 market auction in Taiwan.

Offshore staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — BlueFloat Energy’s first offshore wind energy project in Taiwan is called Winds of September, according to a recent company news release.

The wind farm, with a planned capacity of more than 1 GW, is located 25 km off the coast of Hsinchu County and Hsinchu City in an area of about 125 sq km at about 70 m to 80 m water depth.

Floating offshore wind technology will be paramount to Taiwan’s energy transition, and BlueFloat Energy’s first floating offshore wind project, Winds of September, is expected to play a significant role in the development of this nascent industry in the country, the company said.

The offshore wind developer has experience in both bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind project development, and the company aims to bring this experience to meet the future market demand for offshore wind farm deployment in deepwater areas.

"We try to think of bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind as parallel industries," CEO Carlos Martin. "We believe that floating wind farms have a number of important differences compared to bottom-fixed projects and that a successful floating wind project development strategy requires a very different approach and mindset.”

Other floating wind projects

BlueFloat Energy is developing projects in several geographies, including Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, Spain, Italy, the U.K. and France.

In Scotland, U,K,, the company was awarded, together with partners Ørsted and Falck Renewables, seabed leases in the recent Scotwind lease round for the deployment of three floating wind projects with a total capacity of up to 2.7 GW.

Partners Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy also recently proposed a floating offshore wind farm project off the northeastern coast of Sardinia earlier this month.