SeaTwirl in Sweden has reached agreement with Crest Consultants, a consultancy specialising in the marine and offshore sector with extensive experience in offshore projects in Brazil
Together they plan to identify markets suited to applying floating offshore wind and work to identify commercial projects on which to collaborate, using the Swedish company’s vertical axis floating turbine.
SeaTwirl interim chief executive Peter Schou said, “Brazil is an exciting market with very good conditions for offshore wind, including a lengthy coastline and a large offshore industry.”
To start with, the companies are undertaking a feasibility study, partly financed by a Skr50,000 (US$5,000) grant from Offshore Väst, a consortium of companies, universities, research institutes and public authorities with an interest in the offshore sector.
“With its 7,000-km long coastline and extensive offshore expertise, Brazil is ideally equipped for offshore wind power,” said SeaTwirl.
“With oil companies’ increasing focus on renewable energy, and favourable natural conditions, the country has shown increasing interest in offshore wind.”
The Swedish company said Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras ‘has several co-operation agreements’ with international companies on offshore wind project development and research centres and universities are studying innovative solutions.