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Plans for three major offshore wind developments in Australia have been announced, two of which will incorporate floating offshore wind technology.
Blue Float Energy, headquartered in Madrid, said in a statement Wednesday that it is considering developing a project with Energy Estate, an advisory firm based in Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide, Australia.
The proposed facility is a 1.4GW Hunter Coast offshore wind project off the coast of Newcastle, New South Wales. The Wollongong Offshore Wind Project has a capacity of 1.6 GW and is set to be distributed across two sites off the coast of Wollongong, New South Wales. A 1.3 GW Greater Gippsland offshore wind project planned off the Gippsland region of Victoria.
According to BlueFloat Energy, the Hunter Coast and Wollongong projects utilize floating offshore wind technology. The Greater Gippsland wind farm will be a solid development.
“Offshore wind energy is booming globally and is now in Australia,” said Carlos Martin, CEO of Blue Float Energy, in a statement.
“We are excited about the prospect of introducing two types of offshore wind technology in Australia, which will enable us to take advantage of some of the world’s best offshore wind resources.”
This was after a report from the Global Wind Energy Association revealed that 6.1 GW of offshore wind capacity was installed in 2020, a slight decrease compared to 6.24 GW in 2019. doing.
A GWEC report released earlier this year predicts that more than 235 GW of offshore wind capacity will be installed in the next decade, with total capacity reaching 270 GW by 2030. ..
Australia currently does not have an offshore wind farm. Towards the end of November, Congress approved a law stating that authorities would “support the development of Australia’s offshore energy industry and provide new employment and investment in offshore wind farms and transmission projects.”
In a statement at the time, Australia’s Minister of Industry, Energy and Emissions, Angus Taylor, said the law “accelerates many important projects already under development.”
These include the Star of the South, another proposed offshore wind farm off the coast of Gippsland. The people behind the project say the facility will power about 1.2 million households in Victoria if the Star of the South is “fully developed.”
Over the past few years, many companies have become involved in floating offshore wind projects.
Norwegian in 2017 Equinor We have opened Hywind Scotland, a 30 MW facility called the “first full-scale floating offshore wind turbine.”
Then, in September 2021, another Norwegian company, Statkraft, Floating offshore wind turbine called “the world’s largest” It was starting.
Elsewhere, RWE Renewable Energy and Kansai Electric Power Announced in August that they had signed the agreement It will see them investigating the “feasibility of large floating offshore wind projects” off the coast of Japan.
Floating offshore wind turbines are different from bottom-fixed offshore wind turbines that are rooted in the ocean floor. One of the advantages of floating offshore turbines is that they can be installed in the deep sea compared to bottom-fixed turbines.
RWE Floating offshore wind turbines are “deployed on floating structures anchored to the seabed with mooring lines and anchors,” he said.
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