The developer of an innovative vertical-axis floating offshore wind turbine has agreed to sell electricity to a Norwegian power company.
SeaTwirl said it has signed a deal to sell electricity to Haugaland Kraft, which is owned by the municipalities of Karmøy, Haugesund, Tysvær, Vindafjord, Bokn, Sveio and Utsira.
An offshore site close to Haugesund is being considered as the initial location for deployment of the vertical-axis units. The company plans to use the SeaTwirl S2 turbine, which is under development and will be ready for installation offshore in 2020.
The company said several possible sites are being evaluated, but a site near Haugesund would be well-suited for installing the vertical axis units. Haugaland Kraft will purchase the electricity produced if this site is chosen.
Earlier this year the Swedish company signed a co-operation agreement with Siemens to address the market for floating offshore wind energy.
SeaTwirl chief executive Gabriel Strängberg said SeaTwirl S2 “is a full-scale, 1-MW unit.”
The company did not state how many examples of the SeaTwirl might be installed should the project go ahead.