Dutch floating wind technology developer TouchWind and Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), have signed an MoU for joint development for floating wind technology. Specifically, the MoU concerns TouchWind’s tilting angled one-piece rotor floating wind turbine.
MOL is expanding its business into offshore wind and foresees great opportunities for this cost competitive and robust floating turbine concept. MOL’s wholly owned London based subsidiary MOL (Europe Africa) Ltd. will play a key role in the cooperation with Touchwind.
Mr. Masayuki Sugiyama, General Manager of Wind PowerProjects Unit at MOL states: ‘The unique concept of TouchWind shows high potential of increasing the utilization rate and efficiency of wind farms as well as reducing wind turbine costs thanks to its innovative design. I believe that the collaboration with TouchWind will bring opportunities to MOL to develop efficient and competitive floating offshore wind farm projects.”
Founder and CEO of Touchwind, Rikus van de Klippe, adds: “I am convinced that the cooperation with MOL will enable us to faster roll out our one-piece rotor floating wind turbine in larger parts of the world. In this way we can help global emissions come down quicker. Also, I look forward to the joint future technology development with MOL in order to further increase efficiency and achieve cost reduction, especially in Operation & Maintenance at sea level”.