Project: AFLOWT (Accelerating market uptake of Floating Offshore Wind Technology)
Funder: Interreg North-West Europe
Funding: EU FUNDING – € 14.09 m / TOTAL BUDGET – € 31.13 m
AFLOWT is a five year project aiming to demonstrate the survivability and cost-competitiveness of a floating offshore wind technology. It will also support the development of an active supply chain in North West Europe which has some of the strongest wind and ocean resources in the world.
The project will see SAIPEM’s Hexafloat technology deployed and demonstrated along the French Mediterranean coast at the MISTRAL test site. MISTRAL’s license for 10 MW floating offshore wind was obtained in 2014.
The project will also support the development of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS) off the west coast of Ireland, Belmullet, Co. Mayo. Site development includes onshore civil works for substation build and grid reinforcements and offshore works for electricity export cable deployment. AMETS is to be ready for offshore energy technology deployment by the end of the AFLOWT project in 2023.
- EMEC (lead partner)
- Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (test site owner)
- SAIPEM SA (technology partner)
- Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN)
- University College Cork, National University of Ireland
- Electricity Supply Board International
- Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems
- CALICYA (Cable Life Cycle Assurance)
EMEC is leading the project and will support the development of the AMETS site, H&S systems and operating procedures.
- April 2021: AFLOWT project update
- March 2019: €31m project secured for floating wind project in North West Europe