Norway/France – Equinor and Technip Energies have teamed up to develop semi-substructures for floating offshore wind powered by steel semi-substructures.
The two companies’ shared goal of advancing the industrialization of floating offshore wind is the foundation for this partnership. The two parties hope to benefit from each other’s complementary strengths in technology and fabrication by collaborating early on in the design phase of a floating wind farm project.
The energy transition will only be successful if more renewable energy is generated. Around 80% of the offshore wind resources are located in deep waters, necessitating the use of floating wind turbines as a solution.
Long way to go
Equinor has developed a floating toolbox consisting of a set of design principles and solutions that can be applied across floating wind concepts in order to enable more local content and industrial standardization, thanks to its five decades of experience with floating offshore technology and its twenty years of innovation in floating offshore wind.
Even though costs have dropped significantly, floating technology still has a long way to go before it can be used in the real world.