DENMARK — Ørsted has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the infrastructure division of Acciona, an engineering and construction firm, to explore options for floating offshore wind foundations.
The collaboration will combine Ørsted’s expertise in offshore wind with Acciona’s experience in large-scale construction projects and focus on carbon reduction through the use of carbon-neutral materials. As part of the Ørsted-Acciona MoU, the companies will work together to reduce floating wind levelized cost of electricity (LCoE) and environmental footprint, industrialize the fabrication of concrete foundations and establish a European supply chain to support Ørsted’s European project pipeline for floating wind.
More than 20% of new offshore wind farms are estimated to be floating by the mid-2030s. Ørsted is taking steps to commercialise floating wind technology as demonstrated most recently with its Salamander project in Scotland.
Rasmus Errboe, executive vice president and CEO of Region Europe with Ørsted, said, “The goal of our collaboration with Acciona is to take floating wind from the innovation to the industrialization stage. Ørsted intends to further grow our European floating pipeline, with Spain being a key market of interest for us. Advancing floating wind technology and bringing it to market is a key strategic aim for Ørsted’s floating wind program, and supply chain partnerships are the way to do just that.”
A key element of the Ørsted-Acciona MoU will be to jointly explore the use of carbon-neutral bio-cement, bio-concrete, and other materials and solutions that support Ørsted’s and Acciona’s biodiversity and carbon reduction goals.