Italy Set to Embrace Floating Wind Technology at the First Offshore Wind Farm Site

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Authorities are reviewing a concession application for an exciting wind energy project off the coast of Taranto, where Italy’s first offshore wind farm was established. Unlike the existing fixed-bottom foundations used for the initial turbines, this new project proposes harnessing floating wind technology. It will be located farther offshore.

The proposed wind farm is the brainchild of Ionio Prime. Thus, it aims to set up 28 floating wind turbines in the Ionian Sea in the Gulf of Taranto. This is between the regions of Basilicata and Puglia. These turbines are designed to generate 15 MW each. Furthermore, one of the technologies being considered is the Vestas V236-15.0 MW model, as detailed in the recently published documentation for public consultation.

Once operational, the 420 MW floating wind farm will include an offshore substation. It will connect to a landfall location in the Municipality of Rotondella, within Taranto’s Maritime Compartment. The generated power will then be transmitted to the grid through the expanded Terna Aliano NTG onshore substation in the Municipality of Aliano, ensuring integration with the national grid.

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Set at Italy’s First Offshore Wind Farm Location

The Gulf of Taranto, where the project is to be developed, is already known for hosting Italy’s first offshore wind farm, known as Beleolico or the Taranto offshore wind farm. This pioneering 30 MW wind farm was completed last year. It was successfully developed and built by the Italian company Renexia. Additionally, it was Europe’s first offshore wind project to utilise Chinese wind turbines, specifically the ten MySE3.0-135 wind turbines from MingYang Smart Energy.

The second project located at Italy’s first offshore wind farm, has the potential realisation of about 420 MW. Italy looks to expand its offshore wind capacity further, embracing advanced technologies to harness renewable energy from the sea. The project promises significant strides towards a greener and more sustainable energy future for the country.