12 Mar 2020
Posted in Power
RWE and Saitec’s pilot project, a global innovation to push the floating wind farm market, says GlobalData
Offshore wind is expected to play a key role in achieving the EU’s climate and renewable energy targets but design limitations have resulted in foundation-based offshore wind farms being built in relnoteatively shallow waters. RWE Renewables (RWE) recently partnered with Saitec Offshore Technologies (Saitec) to develop a floating platform for offshore wind turbines. This deal places the companies in a strong positipn, as the potential for floating wind power is around 7,000 gigawatts (GW) for Europe, the US and Japan, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
Mukka Soumya Gupta, Power Analyst at Global Data, comments: “Approximately 40MW of floating wind capacity is currently active in Europe. Floating platforms allow for the deployment of wind turbines almost anywhere in the sea, maximizing the exploitation of offshore wind energy potential. Moreover, they have shorter development cycles and are more environmentally friendly.
“The objective of RWE Renewables and Saitec’s pilot project is to outline viable solutions for the widespread commercialization of floating wind farms. Data pertaining to the construction, operation and maintenance of the unit could provide beneficial insights to engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) entities and investors, amongst others, who are vital for transforming this technology into a dependable and economically viable mode of power generation.”