French partners launch floating substation


French companies Ideol and Atlantique Offshore Energy have revealed market-ready plans for a floating substation to serve the offshore wind energy sector.

The companies, along with ABB have worked over the last two years to design the substation which will work in both fixed-bottom and floating offshore wind facilities.

The substation is based on a combination of Ideol’s damping pool technology, and Atlantique Offshore Energy’s SeeOs offshore platform concept.

“With the installation of the topside onto the floater at quayside, with the testing and pre-commissioning at quayside as well as installation without heavy-lift offshore operations, this floating offshore substation generates significant cost reductions,” the developers said.

Ideol chief sales and marketing officer Bruno Geschier said: “Ideol, with its patented floating technology and unique in-house expertise, is excited and proud to once again collaborate with leading firms such as AOE and ABB and to contribute to the acceleration of commercial-scale floating offshore wind.”

Atlantique Offshore Energy head of sales and marketing Lionel Josse said: “This project reflects our capacity to capitalise on the lessons we have learned from the electrical offshore substations we successfully delivered, so as to innovate and to implement ready-to-market solutions.”