Spain-headquartered BlueFloat Energy has entered the Taiwanese offshore wind market, unveiling a 1 GW floating wind project off the coast of Hsinchu County and Hsinchu City.
Named after the strong winds blowing in the Hsinchu region every September, the Winds of September project is located 25 kilometres offshore in an area of around 125 square kilometres and in water depths of around 70-80 metres.
BlueFloat currently has an existing global portfolio of both bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind projects amounting to over 22 GW.
Floating offshore wind technology will be paramount to Taiwan’s energy transition and BlueFloat Energy’s first floating offshore wind project, Winds of September, is expected to play a significant role in the development of this nascent industry in the country, the company said.
”We try to think of bottom-fixed and floating offshore wind as parallel industries. We believe that floating wind farms have a number of important differences compared to bottom fixed projects and that a successful floating wind project development strategy requires a very different approach and mindset,” BlueFloat Energy’s CEO, Carlos Martin, said.
BlueFloat Energy is currently developing projects in several geographies including, Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, Spain, Italy, UK, and France.
In Scotland, BlueFloat was awarded, together with partners Ørsted and Falck Renewables, seabed leases in the recent ScotWind lease round for the deployment of three floating wind projects with a total capacity of up to 2.7 GW.
The company has appointed Michael Pinkerton as the Country Manager.
”I believe that we can work with Taiwan and push toward its net-zero target and accelerate the global energy transition process. We will work with local partners, suppliers, and stakeholders to deliver our project pipeline that will not only provide vast quantities of locally sourced, clean and affordable electricity but will also create a greater number of jobs in the industry, forming many collaboration opportunities,” Pinkerton said.
Pinkerton, who is originally from Australia, has participated in and managed the development of renewable energy projects at Macquarie Group and Swancor Renewable Energy.
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