AFLOWT is an ambitious four-year project planning to deploy a full-scale floating wind turbine for testing at the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS) off the west coast of Ireland

Project Insights

  • €31,173,591

    Total Project Costs
  • 4 yr

    Project Duration
  • 2018

    Year Funded

Project Description

AFLOWT (Accelerating market uptake of Floating Offshore Wind Technology) is an ambitious four-year floating offshore wind project. Subject to consenting, it is planned that a full-scale floating wind turbine be deployed for testing off the west coast of Ireland at AMETS, the SEAI offshore renewable energy test site near Belmullet, Co. Mayo, by 2022. The project is led by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) working in partnership with SEAI, SAIPEM and other organisations in France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the UK. Funding for the project has been secured from Interreg North West Europe to accelerate the uptake of floating offshore wind. By testing at AMETS, the technology developed in AFLOWT will be proven in the harshest of North West Europe's offshore environments, readying it for application at any deep-water offshore environment across the world.

Project Details

Total Project Cost: €31,173,591

Funding Agency: Interreg NWE

Year Funded: 2018

Lead Organisation: European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)

Partner Organisation(s): SEAI; SAIPEM SA; Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN); University College Cork (UCC); ESB; Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES); Cable Life Cycle Assurance (CALICYA)

Collaborators: NA


Lead Researcher

Expertise: Technology development; R&D; Cable monitoring; Mooring monitoring; Foreshore consent; environmental monitoring

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