Swedish steel for floating platforms

The floating foundations enable  locations further offshore where winds are stronger The floating foundations enable locations further offshore where winds are stronger

Swedish steel specialist SSAB is entering into an agreement with Hexicon AB to develop far off shore wind farm platforms. The combined technology will offer advantages within the market for renewable energy. A first demonstration unit is planned for Swedish waters in 2017.

Hexicon and  SSAB plan to optimise the steel material in the foundation of the wind platforms to ensure functionality and cost effective solutions during their complete life cycle.

“This agreement is an important milestone in further development of our patented solutions. Far offshore wind power is more easily scalable and a prime source of renewable energy. Hexicons technology offers competitive advantages for the long term renewable energy market”, said Henrik Baltscheffsky, CEO of Hexicon.

The floating foundations with several wind turbines enable efficient wind park configuration in locations where winds are stronger and environmental impact is reduced.

“The Hexicon patent is an application where our high strength structured steel, Weldox, will come to excellent usage. We look forward to contribute to further development of the technology, which enables much needed renewable energy to be produced with lowest possible environmental impact”, added Melker Jernberg, Head of SSAB EMEA.

By Jake Frith

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