Gaelectric has agreed to develop floating offshore wind projects in Ireland in partnership with French outfit Ideol.

The partners are investigating several sites in Irish waters for both short term pre-commercial and long term commercial-scale projects, they said.

Their initial objective is to develop a 30MW-plus turbine array, which will be then followed by a multi-GW pipeline of projects around the island.

The projects will comprise Ideol’s floating foundations, which use so-called damping pool technology. The devices can withstand open sea conditions and can be moored in both shallow and deep waters.

The Irish government has identified the potential to install as much as 27GW of floating offshore wind capacity in its coastal waters, according to the partners.

“After France, Japan, Taiwan and the UK, we are proud to have our technology recognized in a promising market such as Ireland,” Ideol chief executive Paul de la Gueriviere said.

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