Naval Energies is working with Hitachi Zosen Corporation, a leading renewable energy developer and industrialist in Japan, on a joint project in the field of floating wind turbines. In June 2020, the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding. This agreement represents a new milestone after the feasibility study carried out in 2019. The aim of this study was to jointly design and build floating wind turbines using Naval Energies’ semi-submersible solution off the Japanese coast. In parallel with the work carried out by Hitachi Zosen and Naval Energies on this feasibility study, the two companies plan to extend their collaboration to other projects and to begin to define their future industrial cooperation in more detail.
In Scotland, Naval Energies has joined the DeepWind offshore wind cluster, offering its expertise in floating wind turbines as part of the Scotwind Leasing calls for tender recently announced by the Scottish Government. Scotland is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2045, with offshore wind as a key ingredient in its energy mix, as demonstrated by the launch of the large-scale call for tenders dubbed Scotwind Leasing. To back this ambition, a robust and dedicated supply chain is essential. Hence the creation of a new structure whose primary objective is to develop a real logistics sector for offshore wind power: DeepWind. Its action also covers innovation and, more generally, economic growth through the development of the offshore wind sector. Established in April 2019, DeepWind brings together nearly 500 members from industry, academia and the public sector to bolster the Scottish supply chain’s competitiveness and capacity. It is in this context, and to help achieve this goal, that Naval Energies joined DeepWind. Naval Energies, a strategic player in floating wind turbines, will offer its semi-submersible floater. Its technology’s strengths include a modular and versatile design that will be able to adapt to Scotwind Leasing’s multiple players, and an industrialisation as close as possible to the operating zone, allowing for considerable local input – particularly important in the context of these calls for tender.
In the US, in June 2020 Naval Energies joined Offshore Wind California, an international association of offshore wind turbine developers and technology companies focused on the California market. Founded in October 2019 in San Francisco, the association represents the industry’s leaders who have set a target offshore wind capacity of 10 gigawatts (GW) installed in California by 2040. California has very good natural resources, especially for floating wind turbines. The region’s potential is estimated at 112 GW by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Naval Energies’ expertise is an undeniable asset for the development of floating wind turbines in California.
With a technically exploitable potential (TEP) of 3,500 GW worldwide, floating wind turbines represent the largest source of marine renewable energy for the future, far greater than fixed-foundation offshore wind turbines. Naval Energies is one of the leading companies in the floating wind turbine market. We are the strategic partners of floating wind turbine project developers.