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Floating wind-wave hybrid project to launch off Caithness

The P80 wind-wave turbine.
The P80 wind-wave turbine.

Ireland’s DP Energy is to launch a joint venture with Danish firm, Floating Power Plant, for the launch of a Katanes wind and wave hybrid turbine off the coast of Caithness in the north-east of Scotland.

DP and Floating Power say that the long-term goal is to develop “a commercial scale project in staged development steps”.

The companies also claim that they are evaluating plans for further developments off the north coast of Scotland.

DP Energy, a global renewables developer, said that they consider the north-east of Scotland to be “a world-leading location” for such as project.

Floating Power Plant, Simon De Pietro, CEO DP Energy said: “We have undertaken a detailed analysis of the Katanes project located off Caithness and Sutherland in the north of Scotland and, having completed EIA screening, have decided to proceed to the next stage of this development.

“We consider Katanes to be a world-leading location for an early-stage development of this technology. This, together with the strengths of the local and national supply chain and the Scottish Government’s commitment to support the offshore energy sector, especially emerging technologies such as floating wind and wave, has led us to this decision.

“We look forward to engaging with stakeholders as our plans develop and are now working towards preparing an EIA Scoping Report for issue to the statutory authorities and for wider consultation. We are also evaluating the potential for further development off the north coast of Scotland and welcome the announcement by the Crown Estate Scotland that further offshore wind leasing is planned.”

The technology for the wind-wave hybrid turbine has been tested for two years off the coast of Denmark by Floating Power Plant, who’ve patented the design platform for wind and wave energy power generation.

Anders Køhler, CEO Floating Power Plant, added: “With this decision we are moving towards our first commercial development, based on our patented P80 platform technology. DP Energy is a valued strategic partner and, as it looks now, our technology could be in entering construction and be operational on the Katanes site in a 2021-22 timeframe.

“We plan to take a staged approach with a first demonstrator of up to 3.6 MW wave and 7-8 MW wind power, followed by a further stage with an array of up to ~47 MW.”

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