BW Ideol and Holcim to Explore Use of Low-Carbon Concrete in Floating Offshore Wind

BW Ideol and Holcim have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a feasibility study on supplying beneficial low-carbon concrete for the floating offshore wind industry, with particular reference to Scotland.

Floatgen floating wind turbine; Photo: BW Ideol

BW Ideol and Holcim aim to collaborate on optimising the supply of the innovative concrete needed for the intended mass production of BW Ideol’s floaters in the Port of Ardersier.

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Low-carbon concrete’s advantages as a building material for offshore wind farms include its durability in marine environments, its local availability and its comparatively lower carbon emissions, the companies said.

The collaboration includes developing specific durable maritime low-carbon concrete mixes with enhanced mechanical performance perfectly suited to slipform application.

This is part of Holcim’s ECOPact portfolio of innovative low-carbon solutions for sustainable construction. Holcim will leverage the research and products developed at its global Innovation Center in France.

It will also seek to optimize and develop the local supply chain, in particular through Aggregate Industries, a Holcim subsidiary.

”With this very relevant agreement with Holcim, we are taking another step in the industrialization of our floaters. By leveraging the expertise and experience of a world-class leader in construction materials, these joint investigations will enhance our capacity to secure our plans for serial production lines and enhance local content and carbon footprint, to the benefit of our partners and the floating wind industry,” said Paul de la Guérivière, CEO of BW Ideol.


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