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The Offshore Wind Energy Markets


WIND ENERGY
- has over recent years become an integral part of the global energy mix. To facilitate further expansion, governments around the world have agreed upon ambitious national goals for further development of wind energy production. Yet to date, wind energy production in general is still facing a number of commercial, administrative and technological challenges.

ONSHORE - wind energy onshore has until now expanded rapidly, however it is now experiencing some competition from offshore platforms. First and foremost offshore has more optimal wind conditions then onshore. In general, offshore wind has better fit with the energy consumption pattern.

OFFSHORE - where wind conditions are much better than onshore, energy producers and developers have until now been forced to choose locations based on water depth and seabed conditions rather than choosing locations with the best wind conditions. Further, cost of installation, service and maintenance of bottom-mounted wind farms offshore have shown to be substantially higher than earlier estimated.

DEEP WATER AREAS OFFSHORE - is now becoming a reality thanks to floating platforms developed for large scale wind energy production. This fact enables utility corporations to choose their wind farm installations upon areas with best possible wind conditions, rather than primarily basing them on remaining areas with shallow waters. Several full scale projects for floating wind energy have already been launched around the world, e.g. Hywind in Norway, Fukoshima in Japan, and WindFloat in Portugal.

REUSE OF TECHNOLOGY  - from the Oil & Gas Industry will be a cornerstone in floating wind energy production. Such platforms have been in operation since 1986 and there are today more than 160 floating platforms in operation. Many of the Components are well proven and can be reused in platforms for wind energy production.

WE SEE ADVANTAGES - such as a predetermined and lower overall cost and an ability to keep the time table with a better control over the construction process at a shipyard rather that of an installation "on-site" offshore. This also includes lower O&M cost, better availability, less visual pollution, less impact on environment and sea life. All these benefits will surely influence the industry to go further offshore thanks to floating platforms.

HEXICON IS DEVOTED - to take the lead role as technology developer of the coming generations of floating platforms for wind power. A development that is of vital importance for a more flexible and profitable renewable energy production. Existing offshore conditions offers us an unparallelled opportunity to reduce the usage of energy from fossil sources and have a decisive positive influence on our future environment.