Hexicon and another as yet unnamed floating wind developer have purchased options at Norway’s METCentre to conduct two demonstration projects for floating offshore wind
The projects will help enable them to commercialise their floating offshore wind technology. The METCentre will assist them with facilities for the tests.
To enable the METCentre to test the technology, a licence application for a new subsea cable and an expanded licence area will be submitted to Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, which will enable up to 85 MW of test capacity from 2022.
METCentre chief executive Arvid Nesse said, “We can offer some of the very best test areas in Europe to demonstrate floating offshore wind. Our link to Norwegian Offshore Wind Cluster and their 280 members adds further value to the project and the offshore wind industry as a whole.”
Hexicon aims to use its ‘TwinWay’ project for a proof of concept demonstration of its twin-turbine floating platform.
Hexicon chief executive Marcus Thor said, “This is not only a great opportunity to demonstrate Hexicon’s patented technology but an important step for the floating wind sector.
“With this project, we can demonstrate the benefits of floating wind compared to onshore and bottom fixed offshore wind, and how it is set to become a highly relevant part of the future renewable energy mix.”
The test area is located off of Norway’s southern coast. Hexicon has signed a conditional site exclusivity agreement with a reservation of 6 MW.
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