The funds have been allocated to a pilot project aimed at testing Bluewind's solution for on-site installation, operation, and maintenance of offshore wind turbines.
-The testing has been successful in meeting the conditions set by the EU program, says CEO Kåre Olav Krogenes.
Bluewind has their headquarters in Haugesund on the west coast of Norway. They develop innovative solutions for next generation offshore wind farms. Blue Wind has matured to a truly innovative concept, based on best practices from the O&G industry in the demanding North Sea.
The technology is according to the company scalable to 12 MW+, cost effective to manufacture, install and maintain throughout the projects lifetime.
-We faced tough competition with others to receive this EU support and naturally see it as recognition of our work and the content of our solution. It is absolutely necessary to reduce the costs associated with the installation, operation, and maintenance of offshore wind turbines, says Krogenes.
Bluewind's solution enables on-site maintenance of offshore wind turbines without the need for expensive support vessels.
-The system is modular, and this will simplify the operational part and may be one of the solutions to reduce the LCOE cost, explains Krogenes.
Bluewind is a member of Norwegian Offshore Wind.
-We are happy to see that offshore wind technology from Norway receives this kind of international recognition. We congratulate our member with this grant, says Arvid Nesse, manager of Norwegian Offshore Wind.