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Ideol, STX partner on floating substation design

FRANCE: Floating foundation specialist Ideol and substation expert STX Offshore have announced a joint development project to design a floating substation.

The floating substation will utilise Ideol's pool dampening design used on its Floatgen demonstration turbine (pic: Ideol/ECN/Above All)
The floating substation will utilise Ideol's pool dampening design used on its Floatgen demonstration turbine (pic: Ideol/ECN/Above All)

Ideol said the design would include its dampening pool solution featured on its Floatgen turbine foundation — the prototype of which was recently installed off France.

The programme follows on from STX's work unveiled in June 2017 for a modular-based substation.

STX's SeeOs (scalable, efficient, evolutive offshore station) was based on a standard 200-300MW module with all the features necessary to meet 90% of cases, STX said.

Two or three modules can then be joined together to meet power requirements up to 900MW, and various features added, such as shunt reactors, back-up generators, accommodation units and workshops.

The project partners are aiming for the new modular floating substation to be market-ready "for France's upcoming floating commercial tenders".

"This project pushes the boundaries of the offshore wind market as offshore substations are a crucial component of a commercial array," said Ideol CEO Paul de la Guérivière.

Frédéric Gizaud, STX business unit director, added: "We believe in its competitiveness and in our contribution to lower LCOE that will make this new market a reality."

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