Floating wind energy can turn Ireland into a European renewable energy superpower

Action by the Government would allow a new industrial sector to develop in Ireland

An offshore wind farm. Turbines can now be mounted on a floating platform that is then secured to the seabed by mooring cables and anchors.

An offshore wind farm. Turbines can now be mounted on a floating platform that is then secured to the seabed by mooring cables and anchors.

Floating wind energy can transform Ireland into a European renewable energy superpower if the Government acts now to put the right policies in place to enable the industry to start building floating wind farms this decade.

A lot of us are familiar with the first generation of fixed-bottom wind farms on our east coast where the base of the turbine is fixed to the seabed. But a turbine can also be mounted on a floating platform that is then secured to the seabed by mooring cables and anchors. These floating wind turbines can be deployed at much greater depths than fixed-bottom turbines, thereby significantly increasing the scale of the opportunity for Ireland.

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