Diaz, H.M., Fonseca, R.B. and Guedes Soares, C. (2019), “Site selection process for floating offshore wind farms in Madeira Islands”, Advances in Renewable Energies Offshore, Guedes Soares, C., (Ed.), Taylor & Francis, London, UK, pp. 729-737

This work develops and implements a methodology for comprehensive evaluation of feasible areas for floating offshore wind farms, useful to support the strategic spatial planning around the islands. The site selection criteria are classified into five categories: metocean data, proximity to facilities, marine environment, techno-economic data and viability. The basic tool used to achieve the study's goals is the marine spatial techniques based on geographic information systems and the investigated resources and criteria available in the country. The main output of this study is the provision of an objective and realistic overview of offshore wind farm siting considering the reduction of the environmental impacts and to reduce the social conflicts between stakeholders.

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