Western Star

Western Star

Western Star will harness the tremendous wind and wave potential of the Atlantic Ocean to help create a clean, sustainable future for everyone.

The project will utilise innovative and cutting-edge technologies to incorporate both floating offshore wind and wave energy conversion arrays to produce zero-carbon electricity. The development aims to help Ireland progress towards a green energy future with domestically sourced sustainable electricity delivering both environmental and economic benefits to the entire country and potentially beyond.

Simply Blue Energy is developing the Western Star project off the west coast of Clare, which will consist of a floating windfarm situated at least 35km offshore, co-developed with a wave energy conversion array, approximately 4km from the coast.

Simply Blue Energy is developing the Western Star project off the west coast of Clare, which will consist of a floating windfarm situated at least 35km offshore, co-developed with a wave energy conversion array, approximately 4km from the coast.

The proposed FOW component of the Western Star Project will be located at least 35km off the west coast of Co. Clare. The innovative floating technology proposed for this project will allow the turbines to be located far from shore and in waters over 100m deep where traditional fixed bottom turbine foundations would be uneconomical.

The proposed WEC portion of this co-development project will first focus on a two-step phased installation initially with 5MW capacity before building up to a 30MW demonstration array. The site will be located 4km off the west coast of Co. Clare and will consist of an interconnected array of devices, each generating energy with the rise and fall of the surface of the sea and feeding it back to land via an export cable.

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