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Evona has provided Norwegian-based Sway with funding worth approximately £15 million to build what is expected to be the largest wind turbine in the world.
The turbine will feature a rotor diameter of 145 metres and will aim to reduce turbine weight and the number of moving parts, as well as the use of a gearless generator system.
It is hoped that the modified workings of the turbine will result in higher energy generation for offshore wind power, and thus also lower operating costs.
Although the new design is due to be used for offshore applications, the initial prototype will be tested on land in Øygarden, Hordaland County, over the next two years.
“”Enova is dedicated to helping promote projects that can bring us closer to achieving the goal of commercial generation of offshore wind power. We regard this specific project as being very exciting. It represents a considerable ramping up of current technology, in which diverse Norwegian expert communities have cooperated to develop a totally new wind turbine design,”” says Nils Kristian Nakstad, Enova’s Executive Director.
“”There are many smart concepts aimed at exploiting the renewable energy potential along the coast and offshore. The goal of the program is to demonstrate and introduce innovative new energy solutions to the market by showcasing projects which can help qualify the technology in the form of energy results and operational experience,”” continues Nakstad.
“”Enova’s support can help bring Norwegian technology to the global forefront when it comes to wind turbines that float or rest on the seabed,”” says a very pleased Eystein Borgen, managing director and founder of SWAY, who continues: “”The funding will enable us to maintain the necessary rapid progression, as well as lay the foundation for total project financing. This is a huge inspiration for everyone involved in the project,”” he concludes.
Funding for the project has been provided under Enova’s support program – Renewable marine power generation – which was launched in February 2009.
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