Denmark and Spain team up for advanced floating offshore wind

Danish energy firm Orsted and Spanish engineering group Acciona are to work together to develop new technology for floating offshore wind turbines.

Floating wind technology, which until recently had been viewed as presenting both technical challenges which made it difficult to implement , is now starting to take off in parts of Europe, Asia and elsewhere although –  though the cost element of such innovative projects is still considered to be relatively high compared to facilities that stand on land or on the seabed.

“The goal of our collaboration with Acciona is to take floating wind from the innovation to the industrialisation stage,” Rasmus Errboe, head of Orsted’s European operation, said in a joint statement with the Spanish wind farm developer.

A key element of the Orsted-Acciona Memoradum of Understanding will be to jointly explore the use of carbon-neutral bio-cement, bio-concrete, and other materials and solutions that support Orsted’s and Acciona’s biodiversity and carbon reduction goals.

Rasmus Errboe, executive vice-president and CEO of Region Europe at Orsted said: “The goal of our collaboration with Acciona is to take floating wind from the innovation to the industrialisation stage. Orsted intends to further grow our European floating pipeline, with Spain being a key market of interest for us. Advancing floating wind technology and bringing it to market is a key strategic aim for Orsted’s floating wind programme, and supply chain partnerships are the way to do just that.”

Huberto Moreno, CEO of Acciona’s construction division, added: “This alliance will help us accelerate the development of our business as a supplier of offshore platforms for the wind power industry. The expertise that Orsted brings to the table, as well as Acciona’s knowledge – as a group – of infrastructure and renewable energy, will be key to the success of this agreement.”

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