Principle Power expands WindFloat product portfolio with WindFloat F

Floating wind power company Principle Power has expanded its WindFloat product portfolio, consisting of three-column floating platforms, with the launch of the new WindFloat F flat panel, pontoon-based platform.
Principle Power expands WindFloat product portfolio with WindFloat F
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Both WindFloat products are market-ready and suitable for the next generation of offshore wind turbines. The launch of the WindFloat F comes as Principle Power spurs the floating wind industry toward global expansion, where GW-scale projects in diverse geographies place new demands on the supply chain, including more restrictive port infrastructure, the need for serial production, and a need for greater flexibility to incorporate local supply chains into project execution plans.

“This is a major milestone in the history of Principle Power” said Principle Power CEO, Julian Arrillaga Costa. “We have taken the bankable, proven, and reliable WindFloat tubular design and leveraged many of its characteristics to develop a patented new design, the WindFloat F. Whether it’s the WindFloat T or the new WindFloat F, we will work with customers to select the right WindFloat for their projects.”

The WindFloat F is designed for ultra-shallow wind turbine integration in ports as shallow as 9 metres. The additional buoyancy of the pontoons also minimises column diameter and footprint, creating more options within supply chains.

Combining flat panel architecture, widely used in shipbuilding and oil & gas, with proven technology from the WindFloat T, the new design includes the same 3-column architecture and an improved hull trim system. The WindFloat F offers project developers a standardised, robust, and simple design that allows for automated subcomponent manufacturing at existing Tier 1 and Tier 2 fabrication facilities.

The expanding WindFloat product portfolio will play a key role in Principle Power’s industrialisation vision, called “300x30” – the company’s global strategy to enable the delivery of 300 floating wind turbines by 2030, propelling the industry into the gigawatt scale era.

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