Copenhagen Infrastructure III K/S, part of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners in Denmark, has teamed with Magellan Wind in the US to develop floating offshore wind projects offshore California and in other areas in the US.
Magellan Wind was formed in 2014 by Jim Lanard and Jeff Kehne, who have extensive experience in the US offshore wind industry. Mr Lanard was founder and former president of the Offshore Wind Development Coalition (OffshoreWindDC), managing director at Deepwater Wind and head of strategy at Bluewater Wind. Mr Kehne has served as counsel and regulatory policy advisor to Bluewater Wind, other offshore wind developers, the American Wind Energy Association and OffshoreWindDC.
The company is supported by two advisors – Henrik Stiesdal, formerly chief technology officer at Siemens Wind Power, and Dan Reicher, executive director of Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. Mr Reicher is also a former Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the US Department of Energy and Google’s director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives.
“The Magellan-Copenhagen Infrastructure partnership is a perfect fit,” said Mr Lanard. “The offshore wind industry in the US, with its huge job creation and economic development potential, is poised for a rapid acceleration. We expect floating wind to be a significant contributor.”
“We are looking forward to participating in these early-stage projects together with Magellan," said CIP partner Michael Hannibal. “We see significant potential for offshore wind in California as the state has set very ambitious goals for adoption of renewable energy.”
Mr Kehne said Magellan plans to develop small and large-scale offshore wind projects in deep water where floating foundations are required and sees the TetraSpar floating foundation developed by Mr Stiesdal as ‘best-in-class’ technology.
A report from the Green Economy Programme at the Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California, Berkeley suggested that floating offshore wind energy could play a leading role as a source of green energy and employment in the state.
As highlighted by OWJ in April, a consortium of companies has been established to develop a floating offshore wind project off the north coast of California. The Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) has selected Principle Power, EDP Renewables Offshore North America LLC, Aker Solutions, H T Harvey & Associates, and Herrera Environmental Consultants to form a public-private partnership to pursue the development of the project. The consortium was one of the six respondents to a request for qualifications (RFQ) issued by the RCEA on 1 February 2018.