Swedish Firm Receives First Commercial Order for Vertical Axis Wind Turbine
Sweden-based SeaTwirl has announced that it received its first commercial order for a new wind turbine application in the North Sea.
Earlier this year, SeaTwirl announced that the company and Kontiki Winds signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to identify and explore opportunities to electrify Oil and Gas assets and other offshore applications using SeaTwirl’s floating wind turbines.
Through this collaboration, SeaTwirl has secured a purchase order for developing a proposal including a smaller SeaTwirl wind turbine, specifically intended to electrify asset operations offshore.
The model, currently called S1,5, is a smaller capacity wind turbine but designed to withstand some of the most demanding conditions in the North Sea, said SeaTwirl.
“It is extremely gratifying to announce that SeaTwirl now receive its first commercial revenues, which shows that the work we have put in to commercialize our technology now starts to pay off. While this is a very small amount of money, this is a milestone, and the symbolic value is important for us. In this process we have passed a complicated supplier qualification, gained customer exposure, strengthened existing relationships, and most importantly created new ones”, said Johan Sandberg, CEO of SeaTwirl.
SeaTwirl’s technology incorporates a floating vertical axis wind turbine (VAWTT) with a tower placed on an underwater structure, which consists of a buoyancy component and a keel at its lowest point.
At the beginning of last year, SeaTwirl was granted a five-year concession by Norwegian Waterways and Energy Directorate to install its 1 MW S2x vertical-shafted turbine with associated anchors and a cable for power transmission in Boknafjorden, northeast of Lauplandsholmen.
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The turbine has a height of 55 metres above the water surface, with 80 metres of the platform being below the sea surface.
The wind turbine in Norway is planned to be connected to an existing transformer station on land that has enough capacity to receive electricity produced by S2x.
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