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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
The floating substation will utilise Ideol's pool dampening design used on its Floatgen demonstration turbine

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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