Since 2010, from the very moment the company was founded, we have considered that floating wind is the future of offshore wind. An obvious potential , but a sizeable challenge.
The founders’ philosophy
Tchernobyl, Deepwater Horizon, Fukushima… Our planet suffers from an energy policy enherited after the glorious 30 with noticeable signs of this suffering becoming increasingly visible.
In 2010, when Ideol was created, our founders Paul de la Guérivière and Pierre Coulombeau were convinced that to counter climate change and prepare the future’s energetic mix, offshore wind was a solution, but that floating wind – featuring unlimited depth and harmless for the coastal landscape – would rapidly become essential.
Oceans across the world offer a free and unlimited source of renewable energy. The world's most abundant and best wind ressources are located further offshore and at depths beyond 50 m.
Ideol was therefore founded with a single aim: introduce innovation to the segment of foundations for offshore wind turbines and especially in the segment of floating foundations in order to greatly reduce the cost of offshore turbines.
3 years of development... then business
The engineers and experts collaborating with us have used their vast experience of the offshore industry and renewable energies to develop a floating breaktrough technology for offshore turbines, based on our parent patent: Damping Pool®. After a series of tank tests, Ideol launched the development of its first prototype (Floatgen) and was then contacted by the Japanese gouvernment to engineer two other demonstrators. The wheels were turning!
From Ideol to BW Ideol
In February 2021, BW Offshore signed a share purchase agreement to become a strategic owner of Ideol S.A., creating a renewable energy company (named BW Ideol) with market-leading capabilities based on in-house developed and proven technology, supported by BW Offshore’s extensive experience from development and operation of offshore energy production systems.
BW Ideol has clear strategic targets :
- Growth as a technology and EPC services provider,
- Expand and mature a significant portfolio of development projects
- Become a long-term asset owner and operator.