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DNV approves Odfjell Oceanwind floating offshore wind foundation

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DNV has awarded an approval in principle (AiP) to Odfjell Oceanwind’s Deepsea Semi floating wind foundation design.

The design has been optimised for Siemens Gamesa wind turbines, is dimensioned for turbine generators up to 15MW and water depths of 60 to 1300 metres. Low-cost mass production was a target during development.

Odfjell Oceanwind developed the Deepsea Semi design to work with its fleet of Mobile Offshore Wind Units (MOWUs), orders for which are expected this year ready for deployment in 2024.

Beyond floating wind farms, the company specialises in supplying electricity to off-grid and micro-grids such as offshore oil and gas installations. The aim is to assist in decarbonising remote power generation by replacing or supplementing generators running on fossil fuels.

The Deepsea Semi can also have an integrated Siemens WindGrid module, allowing the combination of storage and hybrid technologies to provide an uninterrupted supply of power without connection to a larger grid.

Per Lund, CEO of Odfjell Oceanwind, said: “The mindset from shipping that we share with DNV has proven very valuable for us in creating a product and service for floating wind power that scales much faster than what we have seen in the industry before.”

Erik Henriksen, Director of Business Development - Offshore Classification at DNV said: “We need to be exploring solutions that can maximise the contribution of sustainable, zero carbon energy generation to the energy transition. Novel solutions need the grounding of solid technical standards to build the trust that is essential for them to succeed in the market. We look forward to continuing to work with Odfjell and Siemens Gamesa on the ongoing classification and certification process.”