Hywind—the world’s leading floating offshore wind solution
The ocean covers around 70% of the world’s surface and is an under-utilised resource for energy and economic growth. Close to 80% of the resource potential is in deep waters. That’s ideal for Hywind, the leading solution for floating offshore wind power, developed by Equinor.
A few years ago, floating offshore wind was a distant dream symbolised by a solitary small-scale Hywind turbine offshore Norway. Today, it is the most viable and mature solution, ready for market. With Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm, we’re unlocking the vast potential of floating offshore wind. We believe it’s the next wave in renewable energy, and within the next decade, we aim to make floating wind a competitive renewable energy source.
Equinor is the global leader in floating offshore wind:
Hywind Scotland was officially opened by Nicola Sturgeon in October 2017.
Our ambitions for Hywind:
To lead offshore floating wind to industrial scale by 2030.
To develop Hywind as the most cost-competitive concept.
reduction in capital expenditure per MW by 2023 compared to Hywind Scotland
levelised cost of energy by 2030
This year we’re making a giant leap forward as we start producing electricity from the world’s first floating wind farm. The 30 MW Hywind Scotland pilot park will demonstrate the feasibility of future commercial floating wind farms that could be ten times larger.
In 2009, we installed the Hywind Demo offshore Karmøy, Norway. The demonstration unit has a 2.3 MW turbine, and the diameter of the blades is 85 meters. Through eight years of successful operations the demo has confirmed and verified the Hywind concept.
The world’s first floating
Other offshore wind projects
Our offshore wind portfolio currently provides renewable energy to 650,000 homes, increasing to 1 million homes when our Arkona windfarm in Germany opens in 2019.
We are also part of the consortium for the massive Dogger Bank zone in the UK which will most likely be the world’s largest offshore wind project, if fully developed.
The wind farm has a potential generating capacity of up to 4.8 GW, which equates to almost five per cent of the UK’s projected electricity requirements. Furthermore, we have signed a commercial lease for renewable energy development in an area offshore New York, US, with potential to generate capacity of more than 1 GW.
We are already working on the next large-scale Hywind project, and the next full-scale floating wind farm could be in a high potential market such as Ireland, France, West Coast USA or Japan.
The Norwegian contintental shelf also has great potential. We are exploring the potential in our own oil and gas portfolio—using Hywind technology as a power source for oil and gas installations, to contribute to our ambition to develop lower carbon business opportunities for our core business.