From concept to reality

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

BW Ideol's core values

BW Ideol's core values

 

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Alberto Pena Sicilia

BW Ideol welcomes Alberto Peña Sicilia as its new Head of Development for Southern Europe

BW Ideol is pleased to announce its first strategic hire in Southern Europe with the appointment of Alberto Peña Sicilia as the Head of Development for that region.

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Chris Dorman

BW Ideol hires a senior offshore wind developer specialized in the US market

BW Ideol is pleased to announce its first strategic hire in North America with the appointment of Christopher Dorman as the Head of Development – US.

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FOWT 2021

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  • Saint-Malo

We will sponsor the world's largest event dedicated to floating offshore wind, to be held in Saint-Malo.

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Offshore Wind Energy: Deepening EU-Japan Cooperation

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  • Virtual event

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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