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New wind power partnership targets European market

BAR Technologies Berge Olympus at sea with WindWings installed
UK-based wind propulsion specialist, BAR Technologies, and Spanish floating wind developer, Nervion Naval Offshore, have set up a partnership to manufacture, sell and supply BAR Technologies’ WindWings sails in Spain.

Owned by Amper Group, Nervion has factories in Ferrol and As Somozas, Galicia, a facility that it acquired from Siemens Gamesa last year. It will be the wind sail company’s first manufacturing base outside China and will provide European customers and those who use drydocks in the region with a new option on wind sail supply and service. 

BAR Technologies will continue to develop the WindWings technology, including the introduction of new sail sizes. Nervion will manage the value chain of procurement and construction, as well as installation in yards across Europe. It will also manage the through-life servicing of the sails and run training courses for ships’ crews. 

John Cooper, Bar Technologies’ CEO, said: “The establishment of a European supplier of WindWings offers the opportunity to grow global sales of WindWings, as vessel owners increasingly look to add wind propulsion to existing and newbuild vessels to comply with EU regulations. Partnering with Nervion enables us to work with an organisation with a legacy in wind energy manufacturing, to enhance the geographical availability of our WindWings technology.”

Nervion Naval Offshore General Manager, Roberto Bouzas, commented: “With shipping undergoing transformational change, especially now that shipping is included with the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, we recognised the significance of the opportunity to work with BAR Technologies in bringing its pioneering WindWings technology to the market here in Europe. Benefitting from our history in manufacturing for the wind energy industry, we look forward to supporting BAR Technologies with new WindWings installations, and to continue the path towards the decarbonisation of global shipping.”