The Anonymous Widower

World’s First Semi-Submersible Floating Offshore Wind Farm Exceeds Expectations

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

The article is based on this news item from WindFloat Atlantic, which is entitled WindFloat Atlantic Closes 2022, Reaching 78GWh.

These are the first three paragraphs of the news item.

WindFloat Atlantic, world’s first semi-submersible floating offshore wind farm, that was connected to the grid by the end of 2019 and commissioned in 2020, now finishes its full second year in operation.

After nearly 2 years and a half in fully operation, WindFloat Atlantic closes 2022 with an electricity production of 78GWh (+5% more than its first year). This production enables the supply of green energy to more than 25,000 households, as well as the avoidance of 33,000 tones of CO2.

These favourable data show Portugal’s potential on offshore wind energy, which is reflected in the annual availability of the wind farm, which was between 93-94%, as well as showing the success of WindFloat Atlantic’s innovative technology, being a benchmark within the offshore sector.

These points are from the news item.

  • The wind farm is only 25 MW. So it is only a small wind farm.
  • There were no lost time accidents in the last year of operation.
  • It produced more electricity in 2022 than 2021.
  • I have calculated the capacity factor at 36 %.

It certainly looks to be a successful application of floating wind power.


January 30, 2023 - Posted by | Energy | , , ,

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