Arup to help develop multi-rotor floating windfarm concept

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A company working on a concept for a multi-rotor floating windfarm has appointed Arup to help with its research and development.

Wind Catching Systems (WCS), founded in 2017 and based in Lysaker, near Oslo in Norway, has tasked the global engineering and sustainable development consultancy to develop an advanced simulation model for the concept.

The Windcatcher challenges convention in offshore wind and seeks to reduce the levelised cost of energy (LCoE) of floating wind. It focuses on standardisation, scalability, and improvements in operations and acreage efficiency.

Arup’s model will be used in subsequent engineering studies to evaluate and verify loads and performance of the Windcatcher for a range of operational conditions.

Ørjan Fredriksen, WCS’ vice president, said: “The team at WCS is very happy to be joining forces with Arup, leveraging their impressive track record and competence within offshore wind to further advance the unique Windcatching technology development. Arup will develop an important building block for further engineering works. ”

David Witcher associate director at Arup, said: “The team at Arup is excited to be collaborating with WCS on this innovative concept. It is particularly interesting because it considers important factors of standardisation and supply-chain scalability.

“With a long history of challenging design conventions and finding innovative solutions to the most complex engineering problems, we share WCS’s passion for thinking differently to advance offshore wind technology. ”

The latest United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) confirmed the need for massive expansion of renewable energy in order to keep the global temperature rise of 1.5°C limit within reach. Realising the potential of offshore wind, including floating, is considered by many to be central to the goal to achieve net zero by 2050.

Back in February of this year, WCS secured a grant of NOK 9.3m (£679,396) from Norway’s state-owned ENOVA SF to support the initial implementation of a full-scale Windcatcher. Through the pre-project, the company is seeking to “mature and validate” the technology and come up with cost estimates for a full-scale version.

Ole Heggheim, the chief executive of WCS, said: “This is the second grant Wind Catching Systems has received from ENOVA. The support from ENOVA is a strong validation of both our technology and our team. We are now fully focused on maturing our technology towards our first offshore installation.”

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