The 13-partner NextFloat Project has been launched in Europe to hasten development of floating wind power. Coordinated by Paris-listed Technip Energies and backed by the European Commission (EC) under its Horizon Europe programme, the project has been awarded EUR 16 million in development finance as well as private funding from partners and shareholders.
Participants in the project, which is expected to run until 2027, are Technip Energies, X1Wind, Naturgy, 2B Energy, Hellenic Cables, Technical University of Denmark, Hydro, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Schwartz Hautmont, Ocas, Tersan Shipyard, Ocean Ecostructures, and Cybernetix.
The partners will initially focus on the development of a 6-MW floating wind prototype at the Mistral test site in the French Mediterranean Sea. The intention is then to scale up the pilot unit for larger floating facilities of up to 20MW or more. Design work for the 6-MW plant is already underway and scheduled for completion in 2023 prior to installation in 2025.
Technip Energies’ senior vice president Carbon-Free Energy, Laure Mandrou, commented: “Floating wind is one of the lowest carbon electricity generation systems to meet the energy demand in a sustainable way while inducing better competitiveness, less noise and visual pollution, and less interaction with the users of the maritime domain. The NextFloat Project represents a unique opportunity to test a novel and disruptive version of this technology at full scale, driving cost curve reductions in order to deliver industrial-scale projects at the earliest possible stage”.
EC-backed initiative to boost floating wind