Siemens Wind Power, headquartered in Brande, Denmark, has entered an agreement with the Norwegian oil company Hydro to supply a 2.3 MW wind turbine for an offshore demonstration project, Hywind, featuring floating platforms for wind turbines. Hydro has gained permission to place an offshore demonstration turbine near the island of Karmøy, off the south west coast of Norway. The company is also considering locating the wind turbine near an oil installation with the aim of supplying it with renewable energy.
Andreas Nauen, managing director of Siemens Wind Power, says: "Making floating offshore foundations commercially viable is a significant technological challenge." "Entering this strategic agreement with Hydro puts us in the best possible position to further expand our proven technology and leading position in the growth market sector of offshore wind farms."
Hydro has developed a concept for producing power at sea, using known floating concrete structure technology from the North Sea oil industry. The Hywind project aims to demonstrate that it is
possible to build offshore wind farms at water depths beyond 200 meters.
Siemens entered the wind turbine industry in 2004 through the acquisition of Bonus Energy, which at the time was Denmark's oldest wind turbine manufacturer and the world's fifth largest. Since then, the workforce has tripled to almost 2,400 and is expected to increase to 2,900 in 2007. The news was reported by professional journal Ingeniøren (The Engineer) and on Siemens' website.