The Anonymous Widower

Dublin Energy Start-up Targets $2 trillion Offshore Wind Sector

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the Irish Times.

The article gives a few clues, as to what Gazelle Wind Power are about.

This is the sub-title.

Gazelle Wind Power raises $4m to develop its hybrid floating offshore wind platform

What is a hybrid floating offshore wind platform?

I have form in the subject of large floating structures, as I did the calculations for a Cambridge-based company called Balaena Structures, that was proposing floating oil production platforms.

The company failed and I got paid, but their ideas returned to obscurity.

However, from that brief interlude in my life, I believe that there are innovative floating designs that could benefit the wind power industry.

This paragraph sums up the platform.

Overall the company estimates its solution costs half the price of other platforms to manufacture and 60 per cent less in terms of installation fees, while providing savings well above €1 million per megawatt.

I’ll go along with that, as the Balaena was very affordable and very stable.

The company has also recruited some powerful advisors, as this paragraph shows.

Gazelle recently named an elite group of energy industry veterans to its board of directors that includes Dr Javier Cavada, chief executive of Highview Power, Pierpaolo Mazza, a former general sales manager at GE Power, and Connie Hedegaard, former minister of environment to Denmark.

I have a feeling Gazelle Wind Power could be on to something.

Does the presence of the chief executive of Highview Power mean they are developing a floating platform with energy storage?

I remember that Balaena’s platform was very stable and as it was for oil and gas production, it had plenty of processing equipment on top.

Certainly, a wind turbine in the megawatt range with power storage would be a useful system.

August 11, 2021 - Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. I just love finding out about things like this.
    Gazelle’s Chief Technical Officer Dr Antonio Luis Garcia Ferrandez is the originator of the patent https://patents.google.com/patent/ES2629867B1/es
    Patent ES2629867B1 relates to an anchoring system and procedure for floating offshore platforms, which prevents pitching movement and allows to capture wave energy.
    I suspect that the issue of capturing wave energy has much to do with the hybrid nature of the platform.

    Comment by fammorris | August 11, 2021 | Reply

    • I certainly enjoyed doing the calculations for Balaena in the 1970s.

      Comment by AnonW | August 11, 2021 | Reply

  2. I have read that the output from wind farms has been running at 14% of installed capacity making such a source of electricity one of the least efficient . More follows.

    Comment by Thomas Carr | August 11, 2021 | Reply

  3. Latest capacity figures for individual offshore wind farms as of March this year
    https://energynumbers.info/uk-offshore-wind-capacity-factors

    Comment by fammorris | August 11, 2021 | Reply


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