Norway’s Wind Catching Systems has unveiled a revolutionary offshore floating wind solution capable of cutting land use by 80%.
The new technology consists of floating multi-turbine parks featuring a number of 1 MW turbines assembled in a large sail that’s taller than the Eiffel Tower. This will help floaters to produce electricity at the cost of bottom-fixed solutions.
According to Wind Catching Systems, one sail is five times as efficient as a conventional offshore wind turbine and can produce energy for 80,000 households.
It is currently collaborating with Norwegian industrial service provider Aibel and the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) to commercialize the new solution.
According to Splash, Wind Catching is planning to complete the technical verification during 2021 and make floating offshore wind competitive from 2022-2023.
It also plans to produce electricity that competes with other energy sources without subsidies.
“Simply put, we will deliver floating offshore wind with the costs of bottom-fixed solutions, which provides great opportunities on a global basis for the Norwegian supplier industry,” says Wind Catching Systems CEO Ole Heggheim.
The company envisions a lifespan of 50 years for its wind parks, with cost-effective maintenance compared to current floating offshore wind solutions.
It will further look into solving sustainability problems related to the reuse of turbine blades, fishing resources and CO2 emissions from installation and maintenance.
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