BREST, France — Eolink is participating in the new Black Sea Floating Offshore Wind (BLOW) project supported by the EU.
The 16 companies involved aim to install a 5-MW floating wind turbine off the Bulgarian coast.
BLOW will employ Eolink’s floating offshore wind turbine design, with plans to engineer, manufacture and commission the 5-MW version by 2025 followed by large-scale deployment.
According to the company, its concept spreads the turbine’s stresses by employing four steel masts instead of one, with the weight-to-energy ratio making the overall structure more than 30% lighter than alternative designs.
Eolink CEO Marc Guyot said, “The objective of this specific project is to demonstrate the competitiveness of floating offshore wind in lower-wind areas with the deployment of a large rotor diameter.”
Others involved in the project are Spain’s IREC and Acciona, the Turkish Offshore Wind Energy Association, Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute, and the European Marine Energy Centre in Scotland.
The floating wind turbine, to be constructed by GSP Offshore in Constanta, Romania, will be connected to an existing gas platform operated by Petroceltic.
“Through this project, we hope to catalyze offshore development across the region, which already has ongoing fixed-bottom offshore wind projects in Romania,” said Eolink Chief Commercial Officer Alain Morry.
The floating wind turbine will be adapted with a larger rotor to generate more energy in low-wind areas.