Bechtel has announced that it is partnering with windfarm developer Hexicon to demonstrate innovative offshore wind technology for large-scale floating power generation projects off the coast of the UK. The floating technology could enable deep waters to be opened up to offshore wind generation. Positive results from this demonstration project will further bolster the UK as a world leader in offshore wind generation and support the UK Government’s path to generate 40 GW of offshore wind power by 2030.
Bechtel will develop the design and constructability of the offshore wind facility. In addition to demonstrating a 35-40 MW floating wind project, it will also establish how the technology can be brought to market, as well as exploring the roles that local suppliers could play in shipbuilding, mooring, and installations, as well as the long-term serving needs of floating offshore wind.
Marcus Thor, CEO of Hexicon, said: “Our technology is one of a handful of solutions that can support deep water offshore wind projects, which will massively increase the potential for offshore wind generation. The UK has shown great initiative in this industry, and we are delighted to have Bechtel to help us deploy or innovative twin turbine floating foundation in British waters. This will be good for the UK and beyond, as the world’s demand for clean energy solutions continues to grow exponentially.”