From concept to reality

History & values

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 :

  1. Growth as a technology and EPC services provider,
  2. Expand and mature a significant portfolio of development projects
  3. Become a long-term asset owner and operator.

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BW IDEOL ENEOS

Signing of Joint Development Agreement with ENEOS Corporation for a commercial-scale floating offshore wind farm in Japan

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BW Ideol and Hitachi ABB Power Grids to collaborate on developing scalable floating substations for offshore wind

BW Ideol today announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Hitachi ABB Power Grids, the world’s leading supplier of grid integration and power quality solutions, for an industry-first collaboration on developing scalable floating substations to support development of profitable commercial-scale floating offshore wind farms with high-capacity wind turbines.

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Offshore Wind Energy: Deepening EU-Japan Cooperation

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Bruno Geschier will speak at a roundtable on Day 2 within the frame of this event which aims at supporting further cooperation between European and Japanese stakeholders in offshore wind.

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Current and future challenges for floating offshore wind

  • Webinar

This conference is organized by WFO (World Forum Offshore Wind).

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