La Ciotat – IDEOL, a company specialized in the design and installation of innovative foundations for the offshore wind industry, has secured a new funding round for the industrialisation of its floating platform solution based on the Damping Pool® patented system.
The company is strengthened by the participation of two investment funds:, FCPR Demeter 3 Seed Fund managed by DEMETER PARTNERS, one of the leading cleantech investment capital firms in Europe, and FCPR Emergence Innovation 1 managed by SOFIMAC PARTNERS and SORIDEC.
This funding round will finance the 2MW floating offshore wind demonstrator developed in partnership with the turbine manufacturer GAMESA and Stuttgart University.
In addition, IDEOL has secured financing from the European commission through the FLOATGEN European project, part of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), as part of a consortium comprising a dozen partners and representing a total budget of 36 million euros for the realisation of 2 demonstrators.
The IDEOL solution represents a technological breakthrough over current seabed-fixed foundation technologies. Compatible with existing commercial offshore wind turbines without modifications, and competitive with seabed-fixed technologies at 35-40 meter water depth, the IDEOL floating foundation is extending current offshore wind market by enabling new floating options. It eliminates water-depth constraints, optimizes wind conditions, and minimizes usage conflicts.
Paul de la Guérivière, CEO of IDEOL said: “Offshore markets and perspectives are very capital-intensive and IDEOL’s ability to harness various financing sources, private ones as much as public ones, is a key factor to success. Thanks to this fund raising and the partnership with two VCs of reference in the European cleantech marketplace, IDEOL confirms its unique expertise, demonstrates the pertinence of its technology developed over the past years, and confidently continues its ambitious development program”.
“The future of offshore wind deployment will require floating wind foundations, being both performing and cost competitive: the solution developed by IDEOL is as of today the only one that solves this complex equation,” comments Benjamin Wainstain, Investment Director at DEMETER PARTNERS. “Our investment decision has been reinforced by the skills of its team of entrepreneurs, having proved both its technical excellence and its ability to federate major international players”.
Same comments for Pascal Voulton, chairman of the board of SOFIMAC PARTNERS :”We are very glad to support IDEOL for its development. The experience of the team and its market vision have convinced Emergence Innovation 1 to invest. The company innovation will enable the deployment of offshore wind farms in deeper waters with high operating constraints. The solution developed will harness today’s technological limits and contribute to the production of competitive clean energy. The company has all the necessary advantages to capture the offshore wind market growth: technology breakthrough, experienced team and real strategic vision.“
About IDEOL :
IDEOL is a company specialised in the design and installation of innovative foundations for the offshore wind industry. Headquartered in La Ciotat in France, the company has been founded out of an extensive background in renewable energies and oil&gas offshore industry. IDEOL has more specifically developed a new family of floating foundations based on the Damping Pool ® system, aiming at transforming the potential of offshore wind by unlocking the current water depth constraints induced by bottom fixed foundations.
IDEOL has been awarded prize winner for the 2011 Innovative Start-Ups National Challenge from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the wind energy Innov’Eco contest in 2012.
About DEMETER PARTNERS:
Demeter Partners is a Private Equity firm specializing in the environement and renewable energy sectors. Its manages 350 M€ within 3 funds, in expansion capital, LBO and venture capital, It supports SME dedicated to the eco-industries and eco-energies sectors, presenting growth prospects, a good positioning in the value chain and a solid management team.
Demeter has been awarded the „Investor Allstars’ Cleantech Investor of the year“ award in 2011, and has been nominated again for the 2012 awards.
The Demeter 3 Seed Fund is supported by the European Union through the “Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Program” (CIP).
About SOFIMAC PARTNERS:
The SOFIMAC Partners group has specialised in investing in unlisted companies in the southeast of France for the past 35 years. Société de Gestion Sofimac Partners manages €220 million in assets through a range of different investment vehicles such as venture capital funds, local investment funds (FIPs)and venture capital companies across all businesses: seed capital, risk capital, growth capital, leveraged buyouts and turnaround financing. Its activities are based around a development capital division for industry and services, and a technology division aimed specifically at healthcare and biotechnology. Among other investments, it manages funds invested in biomedical technology in the Sillon Rhône-Alps-Northern Italy region and an interregional, multi-sector seed capital fund, the FCPR Emergence Innovation 1.
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