SuperVAWT was interested to hear the floating horizontal axis wind turbines at Fukushima in Japan will be decommissioned due to poor availability according to the METI (Ministry of economy, trade and industry). Is this further evidence that floating HAWTs are not maintainable offshore and will need to be disconnected from the anchors, disconnected from the export cable and a clear weather window to tow back to port for maintenance? Then another clear weather window to tow back to position, reattach the anchors and reconnect the export cable.
SuperVAWT was sorry to hear of the capsizing event of a floating horizontal axis wind turbine pioneer and pleased to hear there were no casualties. This is a clear reminder that floating horizontal axis turbines have a very high vertical centre of gravity. The vertical centre of gravity of floating VAWTs is dramatically lower because the very heavy generator is underneath the turbine. This means floating VAWTs are more stable, can be conventionally stable and therefore safer in system failure or collision events.
SuperVAWT is delighted to apply to Paul O'Brien Deepwind North of Scotland Offshore Wind Cluster's Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence sub-group and look forwards to joining the centre as the first UK designed and manufactured floating wind turbine design. The prepping of the supply chain for floating offshore wind designs will give plenty of time for UK suppliers to take part in this great opportunity.
August 2020 - Innovate UK The Sustainable Innovation Fund: SBRI phase 1 -
SuperVAWT was pleased to be able to take the leading role in an application to Innovate UK and SBRI's 'build back better' competition. The golden opportunity for the UK to be a leading manufacturer of floating wind turbines and halve the cost of green hydrogen from floating wind turbines. The Innovate UK expert independent assessor 2 said "There is a compelling motivation for this project and the role of VAWT floating technologies"; and Innovate UK assessor 3 said "This project is worthy of support for its game-changing, disruptive nature".
If there is no UK solution, the jobs and profits from contracts worth £2.5 billion to 2030 will disappear abroad in a market forecast to grow globally to £195 billion by 2040. UK manufacturers have the expertise, quality standards, environmental awareness and efficiency to compete. As the Innovate UK assessors identified, we have the homegrown technology to be leading in the design of floating wind turbines, we just need the chance. A radical change is needed to focus on this exciting opportunity. Millions of pounds are being spent on importing overseas floating wind technology that is inefficient, expensive and has no long term potential to grow or sustain jobs. SuperVAWT's home grown technology will benefit UK companies, UK consumers, the UK economy and create more jobs.
August 2020 - BEIS invests £3 million in DOLPHYN project -
SuperVAWT was pleased to see BEIS continuing to invest in green hydrogen and the DOLPHYN project that is evaluating green hydrogen production from floating wind turbines. Given the clear advantages of the superVAWT solution we look forward to working with ERM to evaluate how the costs of production can be driven down further to make this project more likely to be investable.
Floating wind turbines currently have a staggering 0%-10% UK content. SuperVAWT would be designed and built in the UK easily exceeding HM Treasury's sector deal of 60% UK content and create long term job opportunities and exports.
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