Irish floating offshore wind specialist Simply Blue Group has unveiled plans for two multi-gigawatt projects in Sweden.
The 2 GW Skidbladner floating wind project is located 100 kilometres South-East of Stockholm and the 2.75 GW Herkules project is approximately 60 kilometres Southeast of the Island of Gotland.
”Floating wind has an important role to play in the Swedish Energy mix as well as Nordpool given it can be located further from shore and therefore its visual impact is significantly reduced,” Adrian de Andres, Director Market Development at Simply Blue Group, said.
”Our project selection has focused on sites that we believe are environmentally friendly and at the same time technically and commercially feasible. We believe floating wind cost reductions will be steep in the next decade and therefore will be able to compete with other renewable energy sources in the 2030s. We are excited to bring our global floating wind expertise to Sweden while at the same time working with local companies.”
Simply Blue Group is working in collaboration with wind energy consultancy Wind Sweden on both projects.
In total Simply Blue Group and Wind Sweden are planning on developing around 5 GW of floating wind in Swedish waters.
”Europe and Sweden are facing an increasingly urgent need to increase the production of renewable and fossil-free energy,” Jeanette Lindeblad, CEO of Wind Sweden, said.
”Our collaboration with Simply Blue Group is a concrete example of how companies from different countries work together for a more sustainable future. To also be part of a project that is at the forefront of the technical development of offshore wind power, we see as both challenging and honorable.”
This announcement comes just weeks after Simply Blue Group signed an MOU with Spanish companies Proes Consultores, an engineering division of Amper Group, and FF New Energy Venture (FF NEV).
Back in February, Sweden’s government launched a search for new sea areas to support the country’s newly established plan of generating up to 120 terawatt-hours of offshore wind electricity annually.
The Swedish Energy Agency has already identified areas suitable for producing 20-30 TWh of electricity annually in the Gulf of Bothnia, the Baltic Sea, and the North Sea.
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